LUMBERTON — It was a night of total mismatches and the Port Neches-Groves Indians were the beneficiaries of all the mismatches on this muggy Friday night in Lumberton.
Using the passing of junior Ky Walker and the rambling runs of junior Brant Halfin, the Indians dominated Lumberton in every single category in rolling to a 45-0 District 20-4A opening win.
And this was actually a game that wasn’t as close as the final score indicates.
Brandon Faircloth’s Indians move to 3-1 on the year, but more importantly, burst out of the starting gates in league play with their resounding victory. Lumberton, falls to 0-4 and 0-1 in district play.
PN-G scored early, scored frequently and rang up an astounding 34 first downs on the night, including 25 in the opening two quarters when it almost blew out the scoreboard light rolling to a 38-0 halftime lead. The Raiders managed just nine first downs on the entire night.
All in the first half, Walker was flawless through the airways torching the Raider secondary with six-yard and 18-yard touchdown strikes to senior Jeremiah Rose, and another TD toss to a wide-open senior fullback Reece Wardlow over the middle covering 20 yards.
On the night, Walker was 15-of-23 for 191 and no interceptions. He divided his passes to five different receivers in the first two quarters with Rose and Wardlow the main recipents of Walker’s on-the-money passes.
Rose, who played on a couple of minutes in the second half, caught seven passes for 78 yards in the first half, while Wardlow grabbed four for 69 yards also.
Most of the Indian starters played just the first half, but in the time they were on the field, it was a mismatch of major porportions against the outmanned Raiders.
Together with Walker’s passing, fellow junior running back Halfin powered his way for 126 yards on just 12 carries and scoring once on a nifty reverse counter play over the left side early in the second period.