2008 Team Insider: Little Cypress Bears

Southeast Texas expert Kerry Cooper takes a look at all the teams in the Golden Triangle region along with East Houston Area. Join Kerry and the rest of the Texasprpeinsider team for the season as we give you the inside scoop on the teams in the state of TExas.

Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bears

Last season was a huge step backwards for the LC-M Bears and head coach Todd Moody. They went 1-9 in a season where they were supposed to build on a 5-5 2006 season and possibly compete for a playoff spot. This season for the Bears looks like it may be a struggle as well as just about all of LC-M's key players graduated. In total they have 8 starters back that will try to help lead them out of the cellar of 20-4A. Several Coaches have left the LC-M program and this will also be a factor as the season is just around the corner. The LC-M JV squad went 0-10 and the young kids will have to step up this season if the Bears want to compete in District 20 4A.

Key Wins Last Year
Houston Kashmere (23-13)

Last Year's Scores
Caney Creek 33 LC-M 21
WO-S 6 LC-M 0
LC-M 23 Kashmere 13
Central 17 LC-M 10
PN-G 41 LC-M 13
Ozen 25 LC-M 22
Dayton 49 LC-M 13
Nederland 35 LC-M 7
Lumberton 21 LC-M 13
Vidor 38 LC-M 10

Offense

LC-M returns 6 starters from an offense that averaged just 13 points per game in 2007. No main returning weapons will suit up in the green and gold this year as the Bears don't return a single 100 yard passer, rusher or receiver. Look for Chad Humphrey to take over the RB duties after he saw limited action last year behind Kendrix Salter. Humphrey rushed for 75 yards on 18 carries as a junior last season. The QB position looks to be still up for grabs and the leading candidates appear to be Steven Wilson and Hunter Gonzales. The Bears just made a huge move in hiring new OC Troy Bolton. Bolton has years of coaching experience and will be a great asset to the LC-M team. RB Humphrey and QB Wilson will have to take charge if the Bears are going to be successful on Offense. The Offensive Line looks to be one of the strong points for the Bears. Returning Lineman Eric Blem and Boaz will try and open the holes for the Bears Wing-T Offense. Wide Recievers Howard Griffith Michael Green both have great hands and decent speed to help the Bears in their passing game. At the skill positions is where LC-M will be hurting and Coach Moody knows it will be a task replacing last years Seniors.

Other Key Players
Jacob Boaz (OL)

Defense

The defense for the Bears will be very young as they return just 2 starters from last year's unit that allowed 28 points per game. Leading the charge will be LB Howard Griffith. Griffith collected 55 tackles in 2007 and is the team's top returning tackler. Look for Jyrun Miller to make an impact at LB as well. DB Michael Green will lead the LC-M secondary. Once again the young guys will have to become physical in a hurry in this tough District if they want to keep teams out of the endzone. Howard Griffith, Steven Wilson, Jyrun Miller will lead the Defense. Experience again even on the Defensive side of the ball is Coach Moody's main concern this season. Keep an eye though on Sophomore DB Hunter Gonzales who has alot of speed.

Other Key Players
Eric Blem (DL)
 
District 20 4A will not be any easier for LC-M. Replacing Dayton will be a Playoff team from 07 in the Livingston Lions. 20 4A Includes Nederland, Port Neches-Groves, Livingston, Lumberton, Beaumont Ozen, Beaumont Central and Vidor.

LC-M opens their 2008 season in Week 1 on September 5 when they travel to West Orange for the "Orange Bowl" against the Mustangs. The Bears renew their rivalry with Bridge City on September 12 when they travel to Larry Ward Stadium to tangle with the Cardinals. The 20-4A opener for the Bears will be on September 26 at Port Neches-Groves. Here is the complete 2008 schedule for the LC-M Bears……

Aug. 29 OPEN
Sept. 5 @ West Orange-Stark
Sept. 12 @ Bridge City
Sept. 19 Cleveland
Sept. 26 @ Port Neches-Groves*
Oct. 3 Beaumont Central*
Oct. 10 Nederland*
Oct. 17 @ Livingston*
Oct. 24 Vidor*
Oct. 31 @ Lumberton*
Nov. 7 Beaumont Ozen*

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