PORT NECHES —
It is no secret the Nederland Bulldogs have gone undefeated the last two years in District 20-4A play.
It also is no secret the team that might bother the most is the Bulldogs biggest rivals, the Port Neches-Groves Indians.
So when Indians defensive lineman Austin Milan was asked what his biggest goal was for 2013, he pointed to a wall in the PN-G fieldhouse.
The wall has painted the years the Indians have won the state and district championships.
“I want to see painted on the district championship wall the year 2013,” Milan said. “A state title is always the ultimate goal here at Port Neches-Groves. First, I want that number painted on our wall. I am tired of watching Nederland go undefeated in this district.”
This week starts District 20-4A play, with the Indians hitting the road to face the Lumberton Raiders. PN-G’s non-district was a tough one against Silsbee, West Orange-Stark and Humble Summer Creek. The Indians went 2-1 against that rugged non-district slate.
Milan in 2012 had one of his biggest moments on the field against Silsbee. Milan intercepted a pass and actually was either tied or led the Indians in interceptions for what he said was nine to 10 weeks.
“I had to pick on the secondary for quite a while,” Milan joked. “My lead stood until Ky (Walker) had to go and get his second interception of the year. Guess he wasn’t given enough headlines as a quarterback and he had to steal mine.”
There is plenty of productivity for PN-G Coach Brandon Faircloth to speak about when talking about his two-year starter. It is the little things that make up the difference between Milan and other players.
“It is as simple as his consistency,” Faircloth said. “He is the captain of our defense and he plays hard every single play of every single game. What he lacks in size he makes up for with his effort and toughness. He is so tough to block and he leads by example for our young guys.”
Milan said he learned his toughness and determination from his father, James. James Milan taught his son the value of hard work. He also was instrumental in getting his son interested in the game of football.
“I came to a lot of PN-G games as a kid,” Milan said. “It was a dream to be on this field wearing the purple and white. There is no better place in the state of Texas to play a football game than here at The Reservation. I am having the best time of my life. Playing football for the Indians is a lot of fun but it is a lot of work.
“There is nothing better than the atmosphere of our games. I love hearing the crowds during the games and knowing my friends are in the stands cheering us on.”
Faircloth knows there are only for sure seven games left on the schedule in which he will have Milan left on the PN-G roster.
“We knew when he was a freshman and sophomore we had ourselves a solid player in Austin Milan,” Faircloth said. “He is going to be successful in whatever he does in life. He has been a well-deserving captain of our team and we have appreciated all his efforts.”
Indian Inklings: Austin Milan is the son of Tanya and James Milan…Milan is a lifetime fan of the Dallas Cowboys, even if he could not recall too many times seeing the Cowboys win a playoff game…His favorite player in the NFL is Cowboys defensive star Sean Lee. He likes Lee because of his speed and determination.