PORT ARTHUR — Some things to talk about while I wonder just how many great quarterback Mack Brown didn’t bother recruiting…
1) Movement in the polls
The Big Three that we cover most aren’t in the most recent Associated Press high school football polls, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t some interesting movements going on this week.
First, the non-surprises, as Newton remained No. 1 in Class 2A after beating Bridge City and West Orange-Stark rising to No. 10 in the 3A poll from the ranks of the unranked.
Two big swings came from Beaumont Central, who got a vote at No. 24 in the 4A poll after knocking off Port Arthur Memorial in the final seconds on Friday, and Silsbee, who lost 45-21 to unranked Port Neches-Groves on Friday. That dropped Silsbee from No. 7 all the way to No . 19.
Summer Creek moved up a spot in the 4A polls as did Texas City. Unsurprisingly, there aren’t any teams in the area in the 5A poll, but North Shore did move up from No. 8 to No. 5, thanks to a 51-14 victory over Clear Springs.
2) Locals in college
Just a few quick updates on guys playing in college from the area:
Oklahoma State’s Jhajuan Seales, who played for Port Arthur Memorial, got his first collegiate catch near his hometown. Seales caught one pass for 14 yards against Mississippi State at Reliant Stadium on Saturday in the Kickoff Classic, in front of his old high school coach, Kenny Harrison, who was in attendance.
Baylor center Stefan Huber also had his former high school boss in attendance for his debut in the starting lineup with the Bears. Nederland’s Larry Neumann was in Waco to watch Baylor dismantle Wofford. Huber was very impressive in the game, grading out at 100 in his blocking assignments and dominating the nose guards for Wofford.