In spite of the cold, nasty weather on Saturday, the MJV Bears(white) came out red hot. The Bears started the game
by running the opening kick off back for a 65 yard touchdown...Phase I, Special Teams- Bears. After nearly recovering
the kick off, the Bears defense was, as they have been all year, stellar. The Cougars high octane offense was decimated
by a swarming Bears defense that had several sacks, forced fumbles, and hard hits...Phase II, Defense- Bears. All year,
the Bears offense has rarely had what would be considered a "sustained" drive. With the offensive personnel that the
Bears possess, "sustained" drives are typically two or three plays long with the drive ending in a 60 yard touchdown run.
Well, why fix what isn't broken? Once again, the Bears offense was exciting, scoring on a wide receiver reverse and
a long sprint down the visitor's side line...Phase III, Offense- Bears. With both the offensive and defensive line dominating
the line of scrimmage and all three phases of the football game decisively won, the cold, nasty weather seemed to be much
more enjoyable for the Bears. With only one more game left, the Bears coaches are very proud of all the players and
their performance over the course of the season. One more game, one more strong performance...GO BEARS!
On Saturday, the MJV Bears(white) ran into a buzz saw...also known as the Yelm Tornados. The Bears lost their first
playoff game 19-7 and now have to regain their focus, practice hard, and put a positive stamp on the remainder of the football
season. The Bears haven't been "beaten" in any game thus far, but they found out quickly that the biggest, strongest
team usually comes out on top. Both teams were pumped up, hit hard, and played at a very high level. The Tornados
opened the scoring early in the first quarter and the Bears had to fight an up hill battle the entire game. Offensively,
the Bears maintained several long drives, but didn't find the promised land until the beginning of the fourth quarter.
After a quarterback sneak for 6 points, and a play action pass to the corner of the end zone to complete the extra point,
the Bears trailed 13-7 with about seven minutes left to play. The Bears defense, wh ich has been Olympia's strongest
piece all year, was asked to stop the Tornados one more time to give the offense one final series to tie the game. With
the Tornados packed tightly in the middle, the Yelm quarterback snuck through a pack of Bears defenders, and left a scrum
of players as he headed for the final touchdown of the game. A disappointed Bears team kept their heads up and showed
true class as the final whistle sounded and the two teams met in the middle of the field to give sportmanship awards.
As always, the Bears were competitive the entire game. The MJV Bears(white) team may be out of the championship hunt,
but rest assured, they will NEVER GIVE UP! NEVER, NEVER GIVE UP!
Another Saturday, another stellar performance by the MJV Bears(white) defense, and another win for the Bears. The
Bears came face to face with a dangerous Hawks team that had nothing to lose. Once again, the Bears focused on winning
all three phases of the game: Offense, defense, and special teams. Offensively, the Bears were able to overcome
a very strong Hawks defensive line to score 4 rushing touchdowns. The first score came on a beautifully executed counter
to the right that found the Bears wing back sprinting all by himself into the end zone. The last touchdown covered 95
yards and found the Bears running back (and his dad) sprinting down the Bears sideline for the score...Son- 1, Dad- 0.
The Bears special teams recovered two kick offs and prevented an onside kick. Defensively, the Bears had another vise
grip like performance, only allowing a couple of first downs the entire game. Next week, the playoffs begin and the
Bears will be working hard preparing for the next phase of the season. The coaches are very excited about the possibilities
this Bears team brings to each and every game. Good luck to all of the other Bears teams as they enter the playoffs...GO
MJV Bears(white) Coaches
On a chilly Saturday morning, the MJV Bears(white) warmed up the scoreboard, rumbling past the Lightning for a 31-0 victory.
The Bears won all three phases of the game: Defense, Offense, and Special Teams. Once again, the Bears defense
pitched a shutout, allowing only one play over ten yards the entire game. From the beginning of the season, the Bears
coaches have emphasized the importance of a swarming, team defense and the players have responded, completely shutting out
3 of 4 opponents...if they can't score, then they can't win! Offensively, the Bears were much improved this week, utilizing
an entire gammet of formations, plays, and players to successfully move the ball up and down the field. Behind some
great blocking from the offensive line, the Bears running backs had a field day, sprinting around and through the Lightning
defenders for 5 touchdowns. With a successful running game established, the Bears were able&n bsp;to open up the
offense and complete several passes, making for a very exciting exhibition for the fans. With the offensive and defensive
phases of the game wrapped up, the Bears focused on the third phase, special teams. The Bears recovered three kick offs,
blocked a punt, and stimied an onside kick attempt by the Lightning. Overall, this was the best week (so far) for the
MJV Bears(white) team. And it all started with......a great week of practice!
The MJV Bears(white) Coaches
Although the MJV Bears(white) team was successful in defeating the Blazers 14-0
on Saturday, the players encountered a very tough realization...you play how you practice. Fortunately for the Bears,
pure athleticism overcame a poor weeks worth of practices. Pictures, sick players, a busy week of school, and bad weather
took its toll on the Bears, setting up what could have been a recipe for disaster. However, the team came together,
proved to be "gamers", and pulled out a tough win. Once again, the defense was stellar, staunching the Blazers offense
and setting the tone for the second shut out of the season. From start to finish, the Bears defense gang tackled the
Blazers runners, not allowing a play over ten yards the entire game. The Bears offense showed great poise when several
mental mistakes set them back with long 3rd and 4th down trys. The first touchdown came in the second quarter when the
Bears quarterb ack and running back started the play going the wrong direction, partially ran into each other, and some how
exchanged the football before the running back scampered for a 60+ yard sprint down the right sideline. The play apparently
confused the Blazers as much as it did the Bears. The second touchdown came on another busted play in the third quarter.
With both tight ends lining up on the same side of the formation (not planned...but might be from now on) the Bears quarterback
and running back again did the fox trot in the back field, miraculously exchanged the football, and, like Barry Sanders, the
Bears running back juked, jived, and stiff armed his way into the end zone for a 45 yard touchdown. The Bears coaches
joked on the sideline that the offense should have just two plays in the playbook: Busted play left and busted play
right. Focus this week: practice does not make perfect...perfect practice makes perfect.
Fortunately, a team can learn as much from losing as it can from winning. The MJV Bears(white) team learned a lot Saturday
against the Tigers. A very close game, all the way to the end, saw two tough teams battle hard on every play. The Tigers opened
the scoring after an almost perfect goal line stand by the Bears ended with a short plunge over the right side into the end
zone. The very next play from the line of scrimmage found the Bears racing to the end zone on a fifty yard toss to the left.
Penalties and mental mistakes finally wore down the Bears as the Tigers powered into the end zone late in the game for the
13-6 victory. This game was a great learning experience for the Bears...focus, hard work in practice, poise under pressure,
and a positive attitude (win or lose) are all traits that were better refined because of the experience. The Bears are determined
to work hard this week and get back on the winning track again against the Blazers this Saturday.
MJV Bear Coaches
All of the hard work early in the season was rewarded with a 13-0 victory against the Rams. On the second play
from the line of scrimmage, the offense scored on a beautifully executed pass play covering more than 60 yards. The
defense took over from there, completely shutting down the Rams' potent running game. Although our offensive and defensive
line was out sized, they were not out worked or out hustled, as they continually pushed the Rams' linemen backwards.
Over all, it was a great team victory and we're looking forward to making improvements and working harder for the next challenge.
Bears (White) Coaches
"The price for victory is hard work." Knute Rockne