, Port Arthur, Texas

October 15, 2013

PN-G's Bryan wants to help end Nederland streak

Gabe Pruett
The Port Arthur News

PORT NECHES — PORT NECHES – Port Neches-Groves senior Brandon Bryan is fully aware the Nederland Bulldogs have won 20 straight games in District 20-4A.

    Bryan also knows all too well the Indians are riding a three-game losing streak to the Bulldogs.

    If it was up to Bryan, he and his teammates in purple and white will put an end to both of those marks.

    “One of the rewards for winning is the winner gets bragging rights for a year,” Bryan said. “It stinks. There is no other way to put it. It stinks losing to those guys. I never want to feel that way again.”

    So there it is, Bryan has no plans of letting the Bulldogs walk of the field as winners. He wants to make sure he and the PN-G seniors know what it is like to beat the Bulldogs.

    “If we are able to win of course we would celebrate in a big way,” Bryan said. “They would do the same thing. Our celebration would probably be bigger than it was last week and that was a triple overtime game.”

    Bryan is a two-year starter for Coach Brandon Faircloth. As a junior Bryan spent time at wide receiver and this year he made the move to defensive back.

    The move paid off right away for Bryan. He hauled in his first career interception in the first game against Silsbee.

    “Everyone has those plays they will always remember,” Bryan said. “Right now that moment is my time I will always remember. The only thing that can top it will be to intercept a pass this Friday.”

    Bryan, like many PN-G players, has grown up playing against current Nederland players since he was a kid. The rivalry between Nederland and Port Neches-Groves starts when players turn about five-years-old.

    “I have played against some of those players since I was a little kid,” Bryan said. “I know a lot of the players but so far this week there has been no trash talking. You don’t want to trash talk early in the week then lose the game. We want to make sure we get the win first for our team.”

    Faircloth has been pleased with Bryan’s performance on defense. He said the senior took to the position of cornerback quickly and has made a difference in some way in each game.

    “Brandon is a real good cover guy,” Faircloth said. “He plays big even though he isn’t a very big guy. He plays a lot bigger than he is. He is a quick guy who is very unselfish. It doesn’t matter if we ask Brandon to cover the other team’s best receiver or cover a boundary, Brandon is going to do his job.”

    Bryan said one of the highlights to being on defense is it takes work and patience to become known as an impact player.

    “I love the fact I have to now work to go get the football,” Bryan said. “It is up to me to make a play. I love making tackles and everything else that comes with defense. It was a tough switch at first but now I feel it is coming more natural.”

    Bryan will now try to help switch the Indians fortunes in Mid County Madness with a PN-G victory at Bulldog Stadium.

    Indian Inklings: Brandon Bryan is the son of Patrick and Andrea Bryan…Bryan said his favorite college team remains the University of Texas Longhorns. He took a lot of pride in watching every minute of the Longhorns win over the Oklahoma Sooners this past Saturday…He is also a fan of the Dallas Cowboys and Denver quarterback Peyton Manning. He joked and said Manning is only having a “decent” season…The PN-G Athletic Department still has 200 tickets left to sell for this Friday’s game. The tickets will be sold at 7 a.m. Thursday at The Reservation ticket booth. Those who want to purchase tickets must be PN-GISD residents and show proof of address with a driver’s license…Make sure to follow @PaNewsGabe on Twitter if you are unable to attend the game. Gabriel Pruett will pass along as many updates as possible.