Photo courtesy of Marcus McDonald, submitted by Shelley Henry
Bears earn 2nd win of season over Bastrop Tribe
San Marcos Academy took a 37-12 victory inside Ingram Stadium on Thursday, improving to 2-0 on the season.
“When (head coach Chris) Chacon was putting his schedule together, he really wanted to schedule up the first two games so that our guys would be battle tested as we worked our way toward district,” assistant coach Toby Wade said. “Tribe is a big, physical, hard-nosed team, and like Fredericksburg Heritage last week, a program with a great tradition and a very good coaching staff. We went into the game without three key players, but our guys just took the 'next man up' mentality and we really played well. The offense made big play after big play, and the defense took care of business, giving up one touchdown in the first quarter and then shutting down Tribe afterward until the last minute of the game. These guys have worked hard all summer, and their confidence and toughness has increased weekly. We have the potential to be a very good team this season.”
Junior quarterback Mitchell Howard completed 8-of-12 passes for 161 yards and three touchdowns — two to senior wideout Chizi Efobi and another to senior receiver Inaki Infante-Valenzuela. Howard also rushed six times for 57 yards and a score, joining junior running back Preston Ramos, who ran for 84 yards and a TD on six carries. Infante-Valenzuela and senior defensive backs Cole Krackau and Jacob Hammack combined for 38 tackles and two PAT blocks. Ramos also intercepted a pass in the end zone.
The Bears will visit Austin St. Stephen's Episcopal (2-0) on Friday at 7 p.m.