The Port Arthur News
Nederland’s Bulldogs were able to dominate District 20-4A again in 2013 as the team won its third straight undefeated championship.
Now the Bulldogs want to repeat last year’s success in the playoffs.
Nederland begins its playoff run at 2 p.m. today against Kingwood Park at Beaumont ISD’s Thomas Center. It is the first meeting between the two schools.
Nederland Coach Larry Neumann said the two teams are not strangers of each other. Nederland got to watch first-hand the Panthers defeat CE King, 34-23, because the two teams played on a Saturday.
Kingwood Park was able to watch Nederland defeat 21-7 last week, since the Panthers did not have a Friday game.
“Both teams should have a real good feel about each other,” Neumann said. “The Panthers are a very fundamentally sound football team.”
One thing Neumann noted was how the Panthers can change speeds and formations at any given moment.
“They can huddle and then start to go no huddle,” Neumann said. “They can change tempos in a hurry. They can get in a Power I and then go spread. That takes a very disciplined team. That really did impress me.”
The Panthers enter today’s game averaging 334.9 yards per game, 212.4 come on the ground.
Nederland will have to once again contain a duel-threat quarterback in Jaylon Henderson.
Henderson has thrown for 1,056 yards on 89-for152 passing, with 11 touchdowns and four interceptions. It needs to be pointed out Nederland safety Colton Kimler, alone, had four interceptions last week against the Jaguars.
Henderson also leads the Panthers in rushing with 967 yards on 184 carries with six touchdowns. Carveon Blueitt has 625 yards on 82 carries with nine touchdowns.
Jordan Feuerbacher leads Kingwood Park with 25 receptions for 315 yards and three scores.
The Panthers have outscored opponents 308-254, an average score of 31-25.
“They are a quality playoff team,” Neumann said. “The Panthers have earned the right to play in the postseason. This is going to be a great test for us in the first round.”
The Panthers have two high-quality wins under their belts. Kingwood Park defeated Dayton, 24-17, and Barbers Hill, 20-19. Dayton is also a playoff team out of District 19-4A.
Kingwood Park lost to both other 19-4A playoff teams. Humble Summer Creek beat Kingwood Park, 20-17, and Crosby defeated the Panthers, 58-34. Kingwood Park’s loss to Summer Creek was the closest game for Summer Creek this season.
Kingwood Park outgained Crosby in the Cougars win, 519-351. It was the lowest amount of yards for Crosby this year.
Crosby defeated Nederland 56-35 in the first game of the season. Crosby outgained Nederland, 518-404.
Nederland comes into today’s game averaging 367 yards of offense and holding opponents to an average of 246.1 yards a game.
The defense has been the story over the last several weeks and it is spear-headed by a defensive line led by Caleb Malveaux and DeShawn Washington.
Nederland has 12 interceptions on the season and seven recovered fumbles.
Senior running back Kendrick Hopkins has 1,303 yards on 223 and 13 touchdowns. He averages 5.8 yards per carry.
Marcus Barton gives Nederland a great duo on the backfield with 447 yards on 59 carries. He has two scores and averages 7.6 yards per carry.
Kimler continues to lead the Bulldogs with 34 receptions for 744 yards, an average of 21.9 yards per catch. He has nine touchdowns. Sage Seay has 21 receptions for 333 yards and three scores.
Preston White has 1,514 yards on 87-for-137 passing with 14 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
Neumann said he is not worried about his Bulldogs having an extra day off and not playing under the lights.
“There is no change to our preparation,” Neumann said. “Monday was Sunday and we just move everything back a day. I love a day game. I would play a day game every game. We have played on Saturdays in the past in the playoffs, so we are getting used to that.”
The winner of this game will face the winner of Georgetown and Montgomery.
Kingwood Park Lineups
QB – Jaylon Henderson (6)
TB – Matthew Reyna (20)
FB – Carveon Blueitt (30)
WR – Zach Mills (88)
WR – Joey Chapman (3)
WR – Jordan Feurerbacher (27)
OL – Seth Fowler (76)
OL – Matthew Cole (72)
C – Austin Morales (54)
OL – Chris Currie (63)
OL – David Hill (70)
DL – Austin Morales (54)
DL – Kyle Knowles (42)
DL – Brandon Cochran (66)
DL – Chris Martinez (32)
LB – Michael Andrews (29)
LB – Matthew Loupe (44)
CB – Mason Harris (19)
WS – Noah Suggs (31)
FS – Caleb Lewallen (8)
SS – Allen Stewart (5)
CB – Daniel Johnston (23)
QB – Preston White (7)
RB – Kendrick Hopkins (24)
FB – Marcus Barton (3)
WR – Colton Kimler (8)
WR – Sage Seay (10)
TE – Brandon Dial (27)
OL – Justin Carr (77)
OL – Jacob Brinkley (66)
OL – Cole Brown (62)
OL – Logan Albritton (58)
OL – Chris Henry (53)
DE – Connor Hughes (99)
DT – DeShawn Washington (6)
DT – Caleb Malveaux (5)
DE – Beau Stewart (8)
LB – Christian Contreras (14)
LB – Leon Mayfield (1)
CB – Austin Krautz (22)
S – Sage Seay (10)
S – Colton Kimler (9)
S – Travis Gallier (20)
CB – Trey Richardson (18)