Pasadena Senior Bears knock Deer Park Tigers from unbeaten ranks 22-6
DEER PARK - With their 1-2 season record in the Texas Intercity Football Inc. (TIFI) youth football league, the Pasadena Senior Bears have been flying under the radar.
But Saturday afternoon at Clyde Abshier Stadium, the Bears demonstrated quite nicely that they’re a team to be reckoned with.
Big Devan Robison scored a pair of touchdowns, while coming up with an impressive defensive play late in the game to spark the Bears to a 22-6 win over the previously unbeaten Deer Park Tigers.
Quarterback Jordan Buckner supplied the icing on the upset cake when his one-yard run brought the curtain down on a 41-yard touchdown drive, creating the final score in the third quarter.
The defense did its part to even the Bears’ record when Zach Valdez recovered a Tigers fumble in the first quarter, before Robison came up with the sweetest defensive play of the entire season so far.
With their victory hopes hanging by a thread, the Tigers quarterback went to the air looking for a quick six. But Robison leaped up and not only knocked the ball out of the air, he also hung onto the ball for the interception.
The defense also limited Adam White, the Tigers’ outstanding running back, to under 100 yards. Last week, White nearly rushed for 300 yards in a win over the Cowboys.
But on this day, White was limited to 99 yards over 21 carries. White scored Deer Park’s lone touchdown, a 31-yard scamper in the opening seconds of the second quarter.
Offensively, the Bears scored on their second possession, ending it with a 22-yard scoring run by Robison, who shed would-be tacklers along the way.
Robison finished the contest with a team-high 87 yards rushing on just eight carries.
After the Tigers and White got six points back, the Bears quickly repadded the lead by traveling 50 yards in just three plays.
Buckner set up Robison’s second TD, a 32-yard run, with a nice 18-yard pass to Valdez, the Bears’ only completed pass of the afternoon.
“He does a little banana route out. It’s just a trick play because everybody’s focused on the tight end,” Buckner said.
The Bears have an additional great offensive weapon and it’s no stretch to say that’s it’s great. They have a boy who can kick it through the uprights.
Ethan Chavez went 2-for-3 in PAT attempts, creating 8-0 and 16-6 leads with his two-point kicks. Throw in the fact that opponents are not permitted to try and block the attempt and Chavez is a potential gold mine for easy two-point scores.
The Bears will be returning to Abshier Stadium in two weeks to face the Deer Park Rams, kicking off a three-week road trip. Next week, they’ll be home to face the Blackhawk Seahawks.