The Mission Bears dropped their third and final preseason game as the Riordan Crusaders marched their way to a 35-14 victory.
Having to contend with a broken scoreboard, an active crowd and a band with a particular fondness for the Batman theme song, the Bears got their first taste of playing away from Kezar.
With 185 rushing yards and 76 passing yards, the Crusaders enjoyed a number of quality drives, constantly putting numbers on the scoreboard.
Although the Bears never really came close to taking control of the ball, the players in brown and gold showed signs of life in the second half when backs Antione Porter, Armani McFarland and Dreon McElroy took nine running plays, starting from their own three-yard line, to muscle the Bears’ way down the field for their first touchdown. In addition to the 97-yard drive, Porter gave Mission its second score, using his special team’s blocks to take a kick return down 93 yards.
This loss gives Mission a 1-2 record, concluding its preseason on a low note, but the Bears did not seem discouraged by the defeat.
“We’re going to use our bye week to practice hard, fix some stuff up and mesh as a unit, get in sync, so that we can be ready once league play rolls in,” said student athlete lineman and baseball captain Jessie Galvan shortly after the contest, when asked what the Bears’ next steps will be.