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October 12, 2013

No. 4 Mustangs rush for 589 in 49-20 win

PORT ARTHUR — If the old saying that running the football wins games is still true, No. 4 North Shore will be hard to beat this season.

 The Mustangs bruised the Port Arthur Memorial Titans defense for an amazing 589 rushing yards in a 49-20 victory Friday night. It was the most rushing yards a Memorial defense has allowed in school history. Kingwood rushed for 441 yards in 2006 against the Titans.

 North Shore averaged 11.5 yards a carry and finished with 599 total yards compared to 266 yards for the Titans.

 Tristian Houston led the Mustangs attack with 264 yards. He averaged 15.5 yards a carry.

 First down was a problem for the Titans all night.

 Memorial only picked up 14 first downs, five in the first half, and North Shore was unstoppable when starting a series.

 The Mustangs (6-0, 2-0) had 25 first down plays and gained 469 yards. North Shore averaged 18.8 yards on first down.

 North Shore Coach David Aymond kept the game ball to celebrate his 200th career win.

 “We beat a good football team tonight,” Aymond said. “We didn’t beat some slouch tonight. You worry the week after an open week because we were playing so good to start the season. Offenses are based on timing, so there is a fear of that going away with a week off. We feel really good tonight after being a quality football team that will go on to make the playoffs.”

 It was the Titans (4-3, 2-1) who scored first when junior safety CJ Levine jumped in front of a Lawance McCardell pass and sped into the end zone from 84 yards out.

 North Shore never flinched and recorded the game’s next three touchdowns.

 Quarterback Maciah Long scored on a 17-yard run and then Houston had touchdown runs of 65 and 33 yards. Houston later tacked on two more touchdowns from 49 and 34 yards out.

 “They lined up and just beat us all night long,” Memorial Coach Kenny Harrison said. “We have to forget about this game in a hurry. We have an open week next week so we are going to fix some things and get back to work.”

 Memorial’s loss spoiled a good game by running back Corey Dauphine. Dauphine rushed 17 times for 105 yards.

 Memorial quarterback Tayylor Labrie threw for 188 yards on 18-for-30 passing with one interception and one touchdown. It was the first interception for Labrie in 21-5A play.

 Roderic Rucker caught the touchdown and finished with seven catches for 79 yards. Albert Jacobs matched Rucker’s seven receptions and had 73 yards.

 Memorial’s leading rusher Kameron Martin was held to five yards on five carries.

 Memorial was coming off its best offensive performance of the year in a 52-14 win over Channelview last week. The Titans had 565 yards against the Falcons.

 This was a different week and different story. It was the the Mustangs putting up yards in big numbers on almost every play.

 North Shore had 280 yards in the first half and Houston had already reached 199 yards.

 Memorial had 111 yards total in the first half, 15 rushing and 96 passing.

 Justin Green added 130 yards for North Shore on 14 carries while teammate Jereel Cooper had 89 yards on only four touches. Running back Kevian DeLeon added 59 yards and Long finished with 46 yards.

 “That is a great football team,” Harrison said. “They don’t do anything special but they are great at what they do.”

 Memorial’s off week will be used getting ready to hit the road in two weeks to face Baytown Sterling. Sterling defeated Channelview 36-35 and is 1-2 in District 21-5A play.

 “We have to realize our season is long from over,” Harrison said. “It is only one district game and we have three left. We are right where we want to be at 2-1. We control our own destiny the rest of the way. That is all you can ask for.”

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