The Port Arthur News
PORT NECHES —
PORT NECHES – There are players and then there are football players.
Port Neches-Groves’ Reece Wardlow is a football player. Wardlow is a very intense football player.
Wardlow is the type of player who can’t decide if he would rather score a touchdown or smash an opponent in the facemask.
So why not be able to do it all?
Wardlow plays a combination of positions and does a number of different things for the Indians. He has lined up at running back and rushed for a 23-yard touchdown last week against Little Cypress-Mauriceville.
He has lined up as a receiver and tight end. This has allowed Wardlow to haul in nine receptions for 169 yards and three touchdowns.
There are also times Wardlow gets asked to block and this really makes Wardlow happy.
“The best part is how much the coaches trust me to do what I do,” Wardlow said. “They know I will go hit somebody. The choice between scoring and hitting someone is close. If it is a really good hit, then I would probably take the hit.”
There is no fear in the two-year starter. He will run a route across the middle. He will go up against the opponent’s biggest defensive player.
Wardlow shook off any fear of running across the middle against Lumberton. He caught a pass in the middle of the field and scored a touchdown.
“There is no reason to be scared,” Wardlow said. “I love when the other team is scared after you go and hit them in the mouth. Every time I am asked to run the ball I am going to do what it takes to get the yards. I picture it in my head, then go make it happen.”
PN-G Coach Brandon Faircloth called Wardlow the team’s most versatile player. He puts Wardlow at a number of positions and feels confident the senior will get the job done.
“He can block, catch and run the ball,” Faircloth said. “He is a very important piece to our football team. We knew when he was in eighth grade what type of player Reece would become. He is the perfect match for that position. He is a very hard worker and very determined.”
Wardlow and the Indians were shocked this past week by the Bears. LC-M defeated PN-G 31-14 at The Reservation. Now it is up to the Indians to get back on track to stay in contention for the District 20-4A title.
“We have to get back to playing the game fast,” Wardlow said. “We cannot take any game lightly. We have to take it back to the level we were playing at in the beginning of the season. We will not give up on that district title. Indians never give up. We have too much pride and respect for the game. This is a great opportunity to play here at Port Neches-Groves.”
One of the best moments for Wardlow in his Indians career came earlier this season when the Indians defeated the West Orange-Stark Mustangs.
“I had never beat the Mustangs,” Wardlow said. “I was actually able to catch the eventual game-winning touchdown. That meant a lot to me. I love playing teams like West Orange-Stark. You get to go against the best. I love the challenge in those games and it will be the same the rest of the way in our district.”
Indian Inklings: Reece could not come up with his favorite college team but it didn’t take long for him to pick out his favorite NFL team. Wardlow is a fan of the Green Bay Packers…Wardlow’s favorite NFL player is Packers defender AJ Hawk. He loves the fast and fearless style of play Hawk is known for across the league…Wardlow said he hopes to become a coach or doctor after graduating from PN-G High School.