, Port Arthur, Texas


December 4, 2012

Nederland faces another unbeaten foe

HOUSTON — HOUSTON – Once again, the Nederland football team will be looking to put an end to perfection. The Bulldogs’ next playoff opponent is undefeated Georgetown, though these Eagles took a slightly different path than last week’s 12-0 Dawson team.

Georgetown never quite made it into the Associated Press Top 10 this year, but hovered just on the edges. In the final poll of the season, when Nederland ranked No. 5, Georgetown got 15 votes to finish 13th.

That’s despite the Eagles breezing through much of their schedule this season. Georgetown finished the regular season with a victory margin of 38.1 points per game. That number is skewed a bit by a 73-0 victory against Cedar Ridge, but not by much. The closest game Georgetown had in the regular season was a 27-6 victory over Killeen Ellison in Week Zero.

That regular season schedule featured three non-district opponents that finished a combined 3-27. Still, Georgetown continued its dominance in the playoffs, beating Magnolia 44-18 in bidistrict, Humble Summer Creek 38-21 in the area round and taking down Angleton 49-39 in the regional round last week.

Against Angleton, Georgetown scored at least 40 points for the ninth time in 13 games. The Eagles are averaging 421 yards of offense per game this season, passing for over 3,000 yards and rushing for over 2,200.

Quarterback Jake Hubenak leads the offense, completing 64 percent of his passes on 296 passing attempts this season. The senior has thrown for 3,210 yards with 42 touchdowns and eight interceptions this season. He’s also rushed for 296 yards and five TDs while going a perfect 17-0 in varsity starts in his career. Hubenak started four games last season before suffering a torn ACL against Del Valle that caused him to miss the rest of the campaign.

Hubenak is more of a pure pocket passer than any quarterback Nederland has faced this season, and that passing means that the Eagles have three different receivers with at least 10 TD catches. Ryan Bedford leads the way with 56 catches for 1,000 yards and 13 TDs. Randy Knighter actually leads the team in catches with 59 for 973 yards and 10 TDs. Austin Weston rounds out the group with 43 catches for 835 yards and 13 TDs.

Georgetown head coach Jason Dean is in his fourth year with the team. Dean went 1-9 in his first season with the Eagles, but improved his win total each season since then. Dean is now 25-19 in his career as a head coach and is making his second appearance in the playoffs. The Eagles lost to Austin Bowie in 2010 in his only other trip to the playoffs.

Previously, Dean served as offensive coordinator at Georgetown and the offensive line coach before that. He also was an assistant coach at Abilene and graduated from McMurry University.

Georgetown has played football since 1909, but is still searching for its first trip to the state semifinals.

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  • 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 You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at or watch him on “God’ Outdoors with Chester Moore” Saturdays at 10 a.m. on

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