Tune into CBS Sports Network Tuesday night to see PN-G go International.
At 7 p.m., the International Bowl will air on Time Warner Channel 309. Port Neches-Groves football fans will see a familiar sight, as Indian head coach Brandon Faircloth brings his playbook to the game as offensive coordinator.
“If you watch the game, you’ll see the same thing you do on Friday nights in Port Neches,” Faircloth said.
Faircloth is joined by assistant head coach Joe Dale Cary, who will serve as offensive line coach this week. Both coaches were part of the game in 2010 and returned with Gonzaga College High School (Washington, D.C.) head coach Aaron Brady.
Brady has gone 23-11 since being named head coach at Gonzaga in 2010 and led the school to a Washington D.C. Catholic Athletic Conference championship game appearance in 2011.
The US Under-19 national football team is playing this week in Austin in the International Bowl at the Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex against an IFA World Team consisting of players 19 and under from outside the United States.
Players and coaches arrived in Austin last Wednesday and have been practicing up a storm. The teams ran through two-a-day practices from Thursday through Sunday, giving them eight practices together to develop a working knowledge of Faircloth’s playbook.
“We’ve had eight practices so far and our goal has been to keep it simple,” Faircloth said. “As the kids understand what we’re doing, we add more stuff. All the kids are real smart. We haven’t had to make any adjustments. They’ve just figured it out.”
Part of the fun for Faircloth is working with the athletes and new coaches.
“Things have gone really well,” Faircloth said. “We’re fortunate to have great kids and great coaches to work with this week. It’s been very similar to last year. They’re the same type of kids as last time we were here. (Team USA) is always looking to find ways to do it better each year and they’ve done it.”
One of the players Faircloth has worked closely with this week is 6-foot-2, 205 pound quarterback Shane Cockerille. The senior went to Gilman School in Baltimore and has committed to the University of Maryland. PN-G fans will find his playing style similar to many of Faircloth’s Indian quarterbacks, as he’s a dual threat who threw for over 1,000 yards and rushed for over 1,000 yards last season.
“We’ve worked closely with Shane this week,” Faircloth said. “He’s been a great leader. He’s a dual threat and has really picked up what we’ve asked him to do all week.”
Finland’s Tuomas Heikkinen is the IFAF World Team’s head coach. Heikkinen was the World Team’s defensive backs coach in 2011 and 2012, and the five-time Coach of the Year in Finland was inducted into the Finnish American Football Federation Hall of Fame in 2008.
The U.S. Under-19 team defeated The World, 21-14, in February 2011 in Austin, as well as 17-0, in January 2010 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The U.S. also won the gold medal at the IFAF Under-19 World Championship in Canton, Ohio, during the summer of 2009.
Tune into CBS Sports Network Tuesday night to see PN-G go International.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at www.klvi.com or watch him on “God’ Outdoors with Chester Moore” Saturdays at 10 a.m. on GETV.org)
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