PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

September 7, 2013

Vidor run game sinks Bridge City, 54-13

Steven Pollock
The Port Arthur News

VIDOR — The Vidor Pirates literally ran away with the win picking up 464 yards rushing en route to a 54-13 victory over the Bridge City Cardinals in their home opener Friday night.

Sage Smith lead the way for the Pirates (2-0) amassing 173 yards and four first-half touchdown runs.

Jeremy Stephenson contributed a 82 yards including two touchdown runs of 50 and 11 yards. Patrick Dorn and Geth Simmons each contributed a rushing touchdown each with runs of five and one respectively.

After the game Coach Matthews said “I am proud of the offensive line. Smith and Stephenson are going to have their runs, but up front those guys are making holes and pushing people around.”

Alex Boutte lead the way for the Pirates defense as he nabbed two interceptions.

The Cardinals (0-2) had a couple of bright spots on the night including a 49-yard pass from Chase Shugart to Malcom Busby and a 30-yard run by Jhett Simmons. Jonah Lemoine’s two yard touchdown run and Derrick Dearings eight-yard pass to Malcom Busby produced the Cardinals’ 13 points.

After forcing the Cardinals to a three-and-out to open the game, the Pirate offense used nine plays to span 61 yards to find the end zone. Smith capped the drive off with a three-yard tote. Micheal Tamayo added the extra point with 6:05 remaining in the first quarter.

The offense did not have to wait long to get back on the field after the defense produced another three-and-out. This time they used seven plays to cover 37 yards as Smith found the end zone for the second time on a one-yard carry. Tamayo’s extra point gave the Pirates a 14-point lead with 1:31 remaining in the first quarter.

The Cardinals showed some life answering right back. Shugart’s 49 yard pass to  Busby set up a first-and-goal situation from the 2. On the following play Lemoine carried it in for six. Thomas Findlay added the extra point with 35 seconds remaining in the first.

The Pirates offense and Smith could not be slowed down as he found the end zone for a third time after a 29-yard run. After Tamoyo’s kick the score board read 21-7 with 8:21 until the half.

The Pirates got the ball back with great field position three plays later thanks to  Boutte’s first interception of the night. Stephenson found pay dirt this time after taking the pitch from  Simmons and running 11 yards for the score. Tamayo’s kick with 4:50 until the half made the score 28-7.

After the Cardinal turned the ball over on downs Sage Smith closed out the second half with a 61 yard run on the first play of the drive. The Pirates went into halftime with a 35-7 lead.

The second half would be more of the same for the Pirates as the scored on three of four possessions. Jeremy Stephenson’s 50 yard run opened up the second half while Simmons and Dorn each added a score as well.

Next week the Pirates will take on Clear Brook at Pirate Stadium next Friday at 7:30. Coach Matthews is optimistic about the upcoming week.

“Clear Brook went three rounds deep in the playoffs last year and beat LaPort week one,” said Matthews. “We are going to have our hands full, but I am looking for as much improvement this week as we had last week as we try to eliminate all the mistakes.”

The Cardinals will look to bounce back for their first win of the season when they welcome Beaumont Kelly to Larry Ward Stadium.