PORT ARTHUR —
La Porte 37, Port Arthur Memorial
Turning point: La Porte’s touchdown just before the half was a killer for the Titans on many levels. Two critical penalties kept the drive alive, and the points the Bulldogs scored there proved the difference by the end. The Bulldogs were never inside the Titan 30 for the rest of the game.
Penalized: After having only five penalties in the previous two games combined, Memorial had nine for 90 against La Porte. The two teams combined for 20 penalties for 183 yards.
Freshman MIA: After fumbling on a likely TD run against Baytown Sterling, freshman Kameron Martin has just five carries for 23 yards in two games. Friday marked the first time since Week Zero Martin, the team’s second-leading rusher, did not have a carry.
Out of commission: La Porte’s Keith Whitely, the District 21-5A rushing leader, was knocked out of the game toward the end of the first half. Memorial safety Jalen Barnes knifed in for a hard tackle at the line of scrimmage and Whitely came up limping. The senior still had 113 yards rushing and finished the regular season with 1,367 rushing yards.
On offense: The two teams finished within a point of each other in total offense, but the Titans ran over twice the plays La Porte did. The Bulldogs needed just 33 offensive plays to gain 389 yards while Memorial ran 72 to gain 388 yards.
On defense: Junior linebacker Dante Lovilotte led the Titans with nine tackles, while Darius Lemora and Matthew Romar each had six. Romar and Meldric Matthews each had a sack while Devin Cockrell broke up a pass and James Jenkins intercepted a pass. It was Jenkins’ third pick of the season and Romar’s fifth sack.