SAN MARCOS, TEXAS (October 8, 2010) The Panthers of Texas Military Institute of San Antonio spoiled festivities for the Bears of San Marcos Academy on Homecoming at A+FCU/Ingram Stadium with a pair of interceptions in a 27-13 loss. The loss put a big dent into SMA’s playoff chances for 2010.
The Bears started the rivalry in 1927 with a 19-0 win but had not won in their last two matchups against the Panthers with the Bears falling 34-13 last season on the road.
In first quarter action, both teams battled back and forth with a pair of four and outs until the Bears would drive deep into Panthers territory, the drive would be stalled after a overthrown pass by Jonathan Powell to Cameron Whitehead to leave the score 0-0 after the first stanza. The interception stopped the Bears momentum and it went downhill from there for the home team.
The Panthers would score first Matthew Tawil would add a 3- yard run with Cody West on the PAT for a 7-0 lead with 8:05 left in the first half to end first half scoring.
Sailor Metz would dash in for a 1-yard run with 7:12 left in the third quarter, the PAT by West would give the Panthers a commanding 14-0 lead. The Panthers would stretch their lead to 21-0; Metz would strike again on a 4-yard run to push the lead to 21-0 with 10:14 left in the game.
The interception bug would strike the Bears again but they struck back with a score with 6:59 left in the final quarter as Ty Merriweather scores from the 1-yard line. The PAT by Memo Borrego was good to cut the deficit to 21-7.
TMI’s Metz would tack on a 10-yard run off the right side for good measure with 4:01 left in the game but Josh McIntyre would block the PAT to end scoring for the night.
McIntyre would finally connect on a pass as he caught a wide open Brett Mackall on a 30-yard pass and the Bears would fail on their 2-point conversion as the Bears closed the gap to 27-13.
The Panthers dominated statistics in the game, as they outgained SMA 407-218 in total yardage, but the largest margin was in first downs 23-11. Defensively, the Bears were led in tackles by Sophomore Estevan Gutierrez with 15, followed by Shane Boyer and Aubrey Oswalt with 9 each for the game.
Junior Offensive Lineman Dalton Wade said, “We must play more physical next week, TMI played well tonight, but out team played hard in the loss.” Junior SMA player Shane Boyer added, “Offensively we must be more physical and cut down on distractions during game week, they wanted the win more than we did.”
The Bears return to action next week for their longest road trip of the year as they take on a much improved Pope John Paul II Centurion squad. The Centurions stand at 3-3 after a bye week with all three wins this season coming against UIL teams.