It was business as usual for the Nederland Bulldogs Friday night.
In running their distict winning streak to 23 games since 2010, the Bulldogs were efficent on offense and dominant on defense in easily handling Lumberton 49-0. They rolled up 406 yards of total offense, held the Bulldogs to a net of 80 yards on 33 plays and played turnover-free football.
The victory, achieved before a boistrous crowd in Bulldogs Stadium, boosted Nederland to 8-1on the season and 6-0 in District 20-4A and set up a showdown with Beaumont Central next week for the outright league chamionship.
“Coming into this game, it was obvious that we were undefeated (in the district) and that Lumberton was having a bad season (the Raiders fell to 0-9 and 0-6),” said Nederland head coach Larry Neumann after visiting with squad on the soggy turf after the game. “We were trying to do things the right way.
“We didn’t concern ourselves with what the team records were. We simply maintained our focus and played good hard-nosed Nederland football. When you’re able to do that, things usuallyfall into place.
“We’r just about where we wanted to be at this point in the season. We’re peaking at the right time. There are still some things we can work on to improve, but I can’t complain about anything that happened tonight.”
What happend was that defensive end Beau Stewart stabbed a Lumberton fumble in midair and reced 30 yards to stake the Bulldogs to an early 7-0 less than three minutes into the game; Kendrick Hopkins continued his strong running style and the Preston White to Colton Kimler passiing combination clicked for three touchdowns.
Hopkins accounted for 84 yards on 11 carries — all in the first half — and he scored on runs of 1 and 53 yards. Kimler latched onto four White passes for 121 yards, scoring touchdowns of 22, 85 and 10 yards. Backup quarterback Bret Smith capped the offensive highlights by hooking up with Chris Baird for 12 yards and the only touchdown of the second half.
Defensivelly, the Bulldogs held the Raiders to a mere three first downs — none in the second half. The Raiders finished with a negative 18 rushing yards, and they went 6 for 19 with one interception by defensive back Shane Benoit.
“It was great to see our seniors go out in style in what is probably golng to be their final game in Bulldog Stadium,” said Neumann. “We have an outstanding senior class this season, and every last one of them excelled tonight. I’m excited for them, and I know they’re excited for themselves.”
Hopkins’ first touchdown made it 14-0, and the Bulldogs defense quickly followed with a three-and-out to set up Hopkins’ 53-yard burst on the middle to run their advantage to 21-0 late in the first quarter. The Bulldogs also enjoyed a 21-0 second quarter with the scores coming on the White-Kimler plays of 22, 85 and 10 yards.
Next week’s Nederland and Central showdown will be played in Beaumont’s Thomas Center on Friday night.
It was business as usual for the Nederland Bulldogs Friday night.
Bassmaster Elites are coming back
The Bassmaster Elite Series returns to Southeast Texas in March 2015 to fish out of Orange.
The announcement was made last week, ahead of Bassmaster’s official tournament schedule announcement and the buzz is already strong in Southeast Texas and beyond.
I was in Orlando, Fla. attending the ICAST (fishing trade) show and talked with a number of top anglers including Kevin VanDam, Mike Iaconelli and Shaw Grigsby who said it was no surprise they would return considering the massive turnout for the weigh-ins and that the area welcomed them in a very special way.
It’s far too early to speculate anything like who the top contenders will be or how the fishing will be but there are some things to keep in mind and to look for over the next few months and into the event itself.
• Prefishing-There is a pre-fishing cutoff that usually extends to right before the Bassmaster Classic and I fully expect most of the anglers in the Elites to come back and prefish.
Last go-round probably 2/3 of the field fished the area but this time I expect that to be just about everyone. Many of the anglers that did not pre-fish told me they expected to have a lot of water to fish but the sheer volume and diversity was almost overwhelming.
Beginning probably in the early fall we will see many anglers fishing local waters to get a better idea on how to approach the area.
• East to West Runs-The Elite anglers fished far and wide but I expect even more running next go-round. After launching from the Simmons Drive Boat Ramp in Orange angler Bill Lowen ran down the Intracoastal, across Galveston Bay and fished in the Clear Lake area and placed in the top 12. The more adventurous anglers will try super long runs, in my opinion, even longer than last time to try and score on big fish. The Intracoastal Canal system makes that possible.
• Sabine River -Very few of the anglers actually fished in the Sabine River despite the event being called the “Sabine River Challenge”. I think that will change with more anglers running as far north as they can to find pockets of fish that receive little pressure and perhaps a four or five-pounder to push them over the top.
• Bigger Turnout-Last year some 34,000 people attended the event which set a Bassmaster record for an Elite event.
It was broken a couple of weeks later in New York but I fully expect the 2015 tournament to draw 40,000 plus. The reason they are coming back is not for the stellar fishing because while we have lots of bass, everyone knows our fishery cannot compare to Toledo Bend for example.
The support from the public however was amazing and that is what is bringing the top anglers on the planet to fish our area.
We will have the very best coverage of the event beginning now and leading up to it with exclusive interviews with all of the top pros with not only their thoughts on the big event but with unique tips on how you can catch more fish.
It’s an exciting time and I look forward to bringing you special coverage on a special event.
(To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at www.klvi.com or watch him on “God’ Outdoors with Chester Moore” Saturdays at 10 a.m. on GETV.org)
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