PORT NECHES —
PORT NECHES – Port Neches first played football in 1925 and in 1956 the Indians of Port Neches-Groves first took the field against Bryan.
The Indians would win that game 19-13 and in no time since or before has any receiver had the career Jeremiah Rose has put together.
Rose recently became the all-time receptions leader for PN-G with 143 career catches. Jayce Nelson was No. 1 with 139.
Rose is the first receiver to have over 1,000 yards in 10 games and his 79 receptions are the most for any PN-G player in same amount of time. Rose has 1,034 yards and 10 touchdowns this year. His season yards place him second behind only Nelson who had 1,140 in 2010.
His 10 touchdowns tie him with three other receivers for third most for an Indians receiver in a season. Rose’s 79 receptions are second most for any Indians receiver in a season. Amir Jalali is first with 94 catches in 2010.
Rose etched his name in the record book after this past Friday’s 49-6 win over Livingston. He finished the night with 10 receptions for 184 yards and two touchdowns.
Rose was unaware of the records until Coach Brandon Faircloth brought up the accomplishments.
“We have been very fortunate to be able to get the ball in Jeremiah’s hands,” Faircloth said. “Jeremiah is a competitor. He has gone against the best and he has had success against some of the best defensive backs in the state.”
Faircloth was talking about the statistics Rose put up when going against guys like Deionte Thompson from West Orange-Stark, who is headed to Alabama, and Tony Brown of Beaumont Ozen, who has almost every top college in the nation on his list.
Rose started the year off with 11 catches for 131 yards and a touchdown against Silsbee as PN-G opened with a victory. He then hauled in a 45-yard TD pass against WO-S, as PN-G beat the Mustangs for the first time in 17 years.
A few weeks later Rose caught a touchdown pass from Ky Walker in the third overtime against Beaumont Central, the most-thrilling win for the Indians this season. He didn’t score against Brown but Rose torched Ozen for 12 receptions for 151 yards in a 22-21 win.
“I have always looked forward to those challenges,” Rose said. “Those teams and players are some of the best in the state. I enjoyed going up against them and knowing I had a good night against them. This proves my hard work has paid off, so I really do enjoy it. This is something our whole team can be proud of because I couldn’t do it without those guys.”
Rose is proud to be the all-time receiver for the Indians. He credits his success to his coaches, hard work and the play of many of his teammates around him.
“It feels great to know I have done something no other PN-G player has ever done,” Rose said. “It was a huge surprise to find that out. It is great to be in the record books because this school has a lot of history.”
If Indians fans or opponents think Rose is satisfied and has nothing else to prove, they are dead wrong.
Rose and the Indians will face Crosby at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Barbers Hill High School in the first round of the playoffs.
PN-G missed the playoffs a year ago after having a 2-8 season. This year PN-G is 7-3 and went 5-2 through District 20-4A.
“We started this year with a goal in mind and that was to get back to the playoffs,” Rose said. “We have accomplished that goal and now we have our eyes set on something new. We proved people wrong by making the playoffs and now we want to do it again by beating Crosby.”
So what can Rose pinpoint as the most exciting thing he has done as a senior this year? Both plays saw Rose not being a receiver.
Rose threw a touchdown to Reece Wardlow against Silsbee and one to Kaleb Sparks against Vidor.
“Those two touchdown passes were pretty exciting because I never get to throw the ball,” Rose said. “Plus Reece and Kaleb are two of my best friends on the team, so those two plays were very special.”