PORT ARTHUR —
Port Neches-Groves at Livingston
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Lion Stadium
Records: PN-G (2-7, 1-5); Livingston (4-5, 4-2)
Last year: Livingston 42-28
Series: PN-G leads 4-3
Radio: AM 1450, AM 1550, legacysportsnetwork.com and pngindians.com .
PN-G capsule: The Indians close the regular season on the road for the second straight season and the third time in three years. They beat Beaumont Central in each of the past three years to close the season. The last time PN-G lost its final game of the regular season was in 2008, when it fell 18-0 to Central. … If the Indians lose to Livingston this week, they’ll close the season with a 1-6 district record and a six-game losing streak …. PN-G won the first three meetings with Livingston, but is just 1-3 in the four games since. After Livingston joined the Indians’ district in 2008, the Lions are 3-1 in games against the Indians and 2-1 all-time in games at Lion Stadium. … Spencer Wommack leads the Indians in rushing, gaining 339 yards on 88 carries. Quarterback A.J. Smith is close behind, gaining 330 yards 79 carries with seven TDs. … Junior receiver Jeremiah Rose seems to have locked down the district title in receiving, catching 57 passes for 624 yards and four TDs. It is the third straight season PN-G has had a receiver with 50 or more catches.
Livingston capsule: The Lions are in a different situation than last season. Livingston has to win this week to avoid finishing with a losing record, but has already assured itself a playoff spot. Last season, the Lions went 7-3 overall but missed out on the postseason when Beaumont Ozen made a furious comeback to sneak in. … Livingston is led offensively by quarterback Chevoski Collins. The University of Texas commit is eighth in the district in rushing yards with 530 and 11 TDs. He has also thrown for 506 yards and five TDs while averaging a whopping 15.8 yards per completion. … Lion running back Marquise Thomas is the team’s leading rusher with 620 yards on 130 carries with eight TDs. Senior Damion Collins is also part of a potent backfield with 481 rushing yards of his own and four TDs. … Only Vidor has more rushing yards than Livingston’s 1,922 yards this season in District 20-4A. … The Lions are also second in the district with 11 interceptions.
Faircloth said: “The more you see (the Slot T), the more it helps. Livingston is a lot more shotgun this year. They’ve changed it up this year. That’s what’s tough about them, because they’ll get in and out of both offenses in the middle of a drive. You have to really get your kids ready for it. They have a bunch of seniors on defense. I think they’ve got nine seniors on that side of the ball. They’re fast and athletic and just a really good group on that side of the ball.”
QB – A.J. Smith (15)
RB – Spencer Wommack (9)
RB – Reece Wardlow (37)
WR – Jeremiah Rose (85)
WR – Avery Murdock (84)
WR – Kaleb Sparks (11)
OL – Justin Reasons (74)
OL – Chris Mangini (56)
OL – Allan Soriano (55)
OL – Aaron Orozco (70)
OL – Tanner Breuer (62)
DE – Ben Hodges (54)
DT – Leonel Arredondo (60)
DE – Austin Milan (49)
LB – Bradley Broussard (19)
LB – Dillard Youngblood (35)
LB – Robert Dawson (31)
LB – Trey Rembert (48)
CB – Ky Walker (14)
S – Dillon Hebert (23)
S – Dalton Peveto (32)
CB – Kaleb Clark (2)
QB – Chevoski Collins (14)
RB – Marquise Thomas (9)
RB – Damion Collins (1)
WR – Reggie Johnson (6)
WR – Logon Ohm (84)
WR – Garrett Green (15)
OL – Parker Ogletree (53)
OL – Zane Lewis (50)
OL – Zeph Beeman (56)
OL – Tyler Crossin (65)
OL – Kyle Dorman (72)
DE – Kade Burman (12)
DT – Miguel Rodriguez (58)
DE – Roper Ellison (67)
LB – Kirby Nielsen (51)
LB – John Moye (33)
LB – Brian Jackson (34)
CB – Reggie Johnson (6)
S – De’Ondre Jackson (2)
S – Chevoski Collins (14)
S – Marquise Thomas (9)
CB – Easton McClain (5)
PORT ARTHUR —
Port Neches-Groves at Livingston
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Casey Cromwell’s three-run blast in the bottom of the seventh inning gave the Lady Cardinals a 6-4 win over Southeastern Louisiana at Ford Park in the first home game of 2014 for Lamar and the Southland Conference opener for both squads.
Lamar, which won its first game last year over UTSA on a walk-off home run by Ashley McDowell, cruised to an 8-1 win over Southeastern Louisiana in Saturday’s nightcap.
“This is why I love playing at home,” Lamar coach Holly Bruder said. “The fans really get us pumped up, and we respond.”
Cromwell hit two home runs in the opener for Lamar (5-9 overall, 2-0 Southland). Beverly Corry also homered for Lamar. Shannon Millman (3-5) was the winning pitcher for the Lady Cardinals in both games, working 1 1-3 innings of scoreless relief in the first game before firing a three-hit gem in the nightcap.
“We got tremendous pitching for both Shannon and Tina (Schulz) today,” Bruder said. “We also got some great defense, and that really helped us.”
Candyce Carter and Jenna Holland homered for Lamar in the second game. Carter had three RBIs in the game, while Holland and Julianne Viator added two RBIs apiece.
Carter closed out the game in spectacular fashion, making a diving grab in center field to turn what looked to be a sure double off the bat of Brittney Tschoepe into the final out of the game.
The two teams wrap up their three-game series with a single contest at 1 p.m. Sunday at Ford Park. All senior citizens 55 and older receive free admission.
“It’s always tough to sweep a team,” Bruder said. “We know Sunday’s game will be tough.”
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