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October 28, 2013

TALKING POINTS: Playoffs right around the corner

Gabriel Pruett
The Port Arthur News

PORT ARTHUR — It is that time of year for area high school teams. The playoff race is in full swing.

    There has only been one area team clinch a spot in the postseason but two more could punch its ticket this Friday.

    Nederland is in out of District 20-4A. The Bulldogs, with a victory over winless Lumberton Friday, has a shot to clinch at least a share of the district title.

    Port Neches-Groves can clinch a playoff spot this Friday with a win against Beaumont Ozen.

    Port Arthur Memorial is in with a win at home against Beaumont West Brook.

Memorial responds after North Shore loss

    The Titans could have been down in the dumps after getting blown out by No. 4 North Shore two weeks ago.

    Instead, Kenny Harrison’s team came out Saturday and put together one of its best performances of the season.

    Memorial routed Baytown Sterling 42-0 and will look to keep its playoff streak alive this Friday. The Titans have made the postseason four years in a row and are looking to avenge their first round exit a year ago.

    Friday’s game versus West Brook will be the 12th meeting between the two schools. West Brook leads the series 6-5.

Nederland is back in the playoffs

    It feels like Nederland clinched a playoff spot weeks ago but it only happened this past Friday after the Bulldogs 27-14 win over Ozen. It marks the 18th time in 21 seasons under Larry Neumann a Nederland team has qualified for the playoffs.

    Credit the entire Bulldogs team with what felt like a shutout. Ozen scored its two touchdowns with under two minutes left on the clock.

    It was a dominating performance by the Bulldogs defense.

    This week, on Senior Night, the Bulldogs face the Raiders who have struggled through the 2013 schedule.

A PN-G win puts Indians back in playoffs

    All season long the Indians have talked about getting back into the playoffs.

    A win Friday against the Ozen Panthers clinches that goal for the purple and white.

    PN-G would be the fourth and final team from 20-4A to clinch as both Beaumont Central and Little Cypress-Mauriceville clinched this past Friday. LC-M is in the playoffs for the first time in over 15 years.

    Ozen defeated PN-G 27-14 last year but the Indians hold a 7-3 lead in the all-time series.

    The Indians offense was on fire last week putting up 439 yards in a 48-21 win over Vidor.

    PN-G’s defense held District 20-4A’s leading rusher, Sage Smith, to just 105 yards on 18 carries.

    Ozen’s offense is coming into Friday’s game after only being able to put up 147 yards of total offense against Nederland.

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