, Port Arthur, Texas

December 18, 2013

Indians trio, Nederland’s Kimler named All-State

Gabriel Pruett
The Port Arthur News

PORT NECHES — Port Neches-Groves receiver Jeremiah Rose, running back Brant Halfin, quarterback Ky Walker and Nederland safety Colton Kimler have been named honorable mention on the Class 4A All-State football team selected by Texas sports editors.

Rose finished with 90 catches for 1,176 yards in 2013, the most yards in a season for a receiver in PN-G history. His 90 receptions are second most in any year for an Indians player and he is also third in the record books for receiving yards in a game — 184 this year against Livingston — and receptions in a game, 12 this year against Ozen.

Halfin had 1,298 yards on 252 carries with 15 touchdowns this year. The 15 touchdowns are ninth most in a season in Indians’ history. His 2013 yards placed him 12th for most rushing yards in a season.

Walker guided the offense and passed for 2,135 yards with 14 touchdowns. His touchdown mark is eighth most for a passer in a single season at PN-G and his season yards place him seventh in the record books. Walker’s 26 completions against Silsbee are second most for any PN-G quarterback in a single game.

Kimler earned his second consecutive trip on the All-State team with his stellar play in Nederland’s secondary. Kimler, who was named MVP of District 20-4A, finished with seven interceptions on the season. In one of the best performances ever by a defensive back in Southeast Texas, Kimler had four interceptions in a single game against Beaumont Central. He did not slack in the Bulldogs next game and followed up the performance with two interceptions against Kingwood Park in the bi-district round.

One very big snub was Nederland defensive end DeShawn Washington. Washington led a line that had over 20 sacks as a unit. He is headed to Texas A&M and took to Twitter when he was informed he did not make the cut. “Didn’t make any of the All-State teams. It’s all just motivation,” Washington said on his account.