, Port Arthur, Texas

September 3, 2013

Coleman talking points: WO-Stark, Beaumont Central jump into rankings

David Coleman
The Port Arthur News

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.

Another Nederland player made an impressive debut on Saturday for Lamar. Former Bulldog defensive end Koby Couron made his first three collegiate tackles, including one for a loss, in the 75-0 whitewashing of Oklahoma Panhandle State. Couron has been running in the top two depth chart spots for much of the fall and should be a fixture in the defensive line rotation.

Lastly, another true freshman shined on Saturday. Newly minted cornerback Alex Sezer started Texas A&M’s game against Rice while Deshazor Everett was suspended for a half. Sezer made the most of his time in the lineup, totaling four tackles and breaking up a pass. The former LC-M runner graduated early to enroll at A&M and his decision to play there in the spring seems to have paid off.

3) SportsCenter play of the day

When I talked about the best finishes around the state yesterday, I missed a big one that already had plenty of national notoriety. Blame it on my head being in a spreadsheet instead of on a TV.

But, reader Vic Lege jogged my recollections of seeing this great clip on YouTube and on SportsCenter this weekend. See, Copperas Cove and A&M Consolidated were playing a game, with Cove leading Consol  41-37 in the closing minutes of Week Zero.

That’s when a play developed straight out of the Cal playbook, without random Stanford band members wandering on the field. Cove squib kicked it to Consol, who picked it up and somehow managed to weave through the bodies of players running at them.

One of the Consol players lateraled to a teammate, who took off for one of the sidelines, trying to turn the corner. When that was unsuccessful, he lateraled to another teammate, who ran the other way, before lateraling to another teammate.

This last one turned the corner on the opposite side of the field and raced down the sideline to give Consol  44-41 victory over Cove. The play easily covered 250 yards and was definitely worthy of national notoriety. Check it out on YouTube if you haven’t seen it yet.

David Coleman is a sportswriter for the Port Arthur News. He can be emailed at and found on Twitter at @MDavidColeman.