PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

November 4, 2013

Talking Points: Playoffs right around the corner

Gabriel Pruett
The Port Arthur News

PORT ARTHUR — Trying to figure out who is going where and who they will be playing is always such a fun and exciting time for a sports department.

With one week left, area teams are still not 100-percent on who their first round opponent will be in two weeks.

On Sunday, The News ran a story on the likely first round opponents for Nederland, Port Neches-Groves and Port Arthur Memorial.

Here is a quick run down of those possible matchups.

If Nederland defeats Beaumont Central, the Bulldogs will face Kingwood Park. A Nederland loss would mean the Bulldogs would face Summer Creek.

If LC-M beats Vidor, the Indians will face Crosby. If Vidor defeats the Bears, the Indians will take on either Barbers Hill, Humble or Dayton. These scenarios are also based on the fact PN-G beats Livingston.

A Titans victory would mean Memorial would more than likely face Pasadena Memorial. A La Porte win over Port Arthur Memorial would send the Titans into a game against Manvel.

Week 10 will be exciting with a lot of scoreboard watching by our area teams.



Central is the last 20-4A team to beat Nederland

The year was 2010 and Nederland would soon finish its season 5-6 with a first round loss to Crosby.

The Bulldogs would end their 20-4A schedule on a three-game winning streak but the week before the streak started, the Bulldogs lost to the Central Jaguars, 29-26.

That was the last time any team from 20-4A has defeated Nederland, a streak of 23 games. The Bulldogs have outscored the 20-4A opponents 742-291, an average score of 32-13, during the run. There have been six shutouts in that span.

Nederland has defeated Central 42-0 and 45-14 the last two seasons.



Indians focused first on beating Lions

All the PN-G faithful are watching to see if Vidor can pull the upset over LC-M. Even if the Pirates do it, it will mean nothing if Livingston defeats PN-G.

The Indians have only defeated the Lions once since Livingston became a part of District 20-4A. PN-G’s win came in Coach Brandon Faircloth’s first season with the Indians, 2009.

Since PN-G’s 30-7 win in 2009, the Lions have outscored the Indians 119-84. It is an average score of 39-28.

The Reservation should be rocking this Friday on Senior Night.

While the LC-M/Vidor score remains huge for the Indians, the first scoreboard PN-G fans need to watch is the one at PN-G High School.



Titans seeking win over La Porte

Now that the Titans have clinched a spot in the postseason, Memorial is hoping to secure its first ever district win over the La Porte Bulldogs.

The Titans have defeated the Bulldogs before but it came in the state quarterfinals in 2011. That year the Titans defeated the Bulldogs 34-6 to reach the semifinals. La Porte had defeated Memorial, 24-20 earlier in the year.

A win over La Porte would more than likely mean the Titans would face Pasadena Memorial in the first round of the playoffs. This is important because it would enable  Memorial to avoid Manvel.

Manvel destroyed Pearland 42-7 this past Friday to take control of the District 22-5A race with a 6-0 record.

Why is this important?

One quick look at the Manvel statistics shows it has thrown for 2,276 yards and rushed for 1,803 yards.

This is not the type of first round opponent any team in the state of Texas wants to see on the schedule.



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