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August 22, 2013

Coleman talking points: Memorial, PN-G set to scrimmage

PORT ARTHUR — Some things to talk about while trying to figure out how I can get a signed copy of Jim Dent’s book about Jerry LeVias, Bill Bradley and the Big 33 game.

1) Memorial travels to Atascocita

 After scrimmaging among themselves in the spring, the Port Arthur Memorial Titans will get a chance to go after it against another team on Friday. Memorial will travel to Atascocita for a 5 p.m. scrimmage on Friday in Humble.

 The meeting will be a matchup with a familiar face along the sidelines, as Atascocita is coached by former West Brook boss Craig Stump. Stump took over at Atascocita last season and led the Eagles to a 5-5 record.

 Stump’s new team is led by all-district honorees Greg Campbell at QB and Taylor Stump at WR. The younger Stump had 38 catches last season for the Eagles, who should stabilize a deep receiving corps along with juniors Tre Hamilton and Furquan Shorts.

 The big thing for Memorial will be to just come out of the scrimmage healthy. Last year, the Titans lost defensive starter Gregorie Johnson to an injury in the scrimmage and then lost running back Corey Dauphine to an injury against Houston Westside.

2) PN-G to host Texas City

 Meanwhile, the Port Neches-Groves football team will be taking on Texas City at The Reservation. It’s the third straight season PN-G has played the Stingarees, after scrimmaging them last year and playing them in the regular season for the three previous seasons.

 Texas City will pose quite the challenge, as the Stingarees boast an impressive set of offensive weapons, all from the same family. Armanti Foreman is a 6-0, 180 pound receiver who caught 36 passes last season for 891 yards and 10 TDs. His brother, running back D’Onta Foreman, is 6-1 and had 1,073 rushing yards last season.

 Both are committed to the University of Texas and should be a big challenge for the Indians. They’re one of the reasons Texas City is state-ranked right now, making the Stingarees the first of four straight ranked teams PN-G will face.

 “The next four weeks for us are all state-ranked teams,” PN-G head coach Brandon Faircloth said. “Texas City is definitely serving a purpose. I told their coach I hope we serve one for them. Last year we moved the ball on them, so hopefully we will again.”

3) Babe Ruth World Series championship

 Hey, I thought we were talking about football? Too bad. I can’t stay on topic for anything.

 Kudos to the Mid-County Babe Ruth All-Stars on getting to the World Series championship Thursday. They came up short in the title game, but it was quite an accomplishment. Especially since many of these young men went to the tournament last year and didn’t make it out of pool play.

 What’s been most impressive about this run is the dominant pitching Mid-County has gotten start after start. It’s not just one school providing the pitching hero, either. One day, it’s Nederland’s Mitchell Sanderson dealing. Another, it’s PN-G’ s Aaron Graham throwing that heavy fastball. Or, it could be LC-M’s Ryan Carline holding his opponents at bay.

 Before the tournament, coach Mack McPhatter told me that almost every player on this team could pitch. That’s really showing in this tournament, as the Mid-County team has to rely on a different arm every day to advance.

 It also shows just how much talent there is around the Southeast Texas baseball diamonds. No wonder there’s a constant stream of baseball players going from this area into pro ball.

 David Coleman is a sportswriter for the Port Arthur News. He can be emailed at dcoleman@panews.com or found on Twitter at @MDavidColeman.

 

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