, Port Arthur, Texas


September 13, 2013

Memorial-Westside kickoff box

HOUSTON —      

Port Arthur Memorial at Houston Westside

When: Friday, 7 p.m.

Where: Delmar Stadium

Records: Memorial (1-1); Westside (2-0)

Last Year: PAM 31-16

Internet broadcast: Legacy Sports Network (

Directons to Delmar: Take Interstate 10 to Houston and take Exit 775A for the 610N Loop. Merge onto 610W and look for Exit 12 toward Hempstead Road. Merge onto W. Loop South Fwy before turning right on Hempstead Road. Turn right on Mangum Road and the stadium is on the right.

Memorial Capsule: Memorial comes into the game 1-1 after a close lose to Beaumont Central and a defensive win against Beaumont Ozen…Kenny Harrison’s Titans forced a fumble and had two interceptions against the Panthers in last week’s 14-0 win. Ozen was limited to 199 total yards…Travon McClain recovered a fumble for a touchdown…Tayylor Labrie was 14-for-26 passing for 175 yards…Kameron Martin led the Titans in rushing for the second straight week with 54 yards on 10 carries and Albert Jacobs led the receivers with four catches for 110 yards…Martin rushed for 35 yards in the season opener while Labrie threw for 158 yards in the loss against Central on 9-for-17 passing…The Memorial offense has fumbled the ball 11 times through the first two games yet only lost three of the fumbles. Titan quarterbacks have thrown three interceptions to start the season…PAM’s defense has forced 10 fumbles through the first two weeks and has recovered two of their opponents’ miscues.

Westside Capsule: Westside has put up some incredible numbers through the first two weeks of the season, starting with Week Zero’s 51-14 win over Fort Bend Clements…Quarterback Michael Haywood has passed for 454 yards and six touchdowns in Westside’s first two games. He rushed for 104 yards in the season opener…Bobby Hartzog seems to be one of Haywood’s favorite targets. Hartzog had three catches for 195 yards, 65-yard average, with three touchdowns in the first game and five catches for 83 yards and a score in the second game…Two different running backs have had hundred yard games for Westside in 2013. Loten Easly rushed for 105 and three scores in Week Zero while Jacob Guttierez had 145 yards and a touchdown in last week’s 35-21 win over Reagan…Westside’s defense was impressive against Reagan with 11 sacks, an interception, 99 yards allowed and -45 rushing yards allowed in the win.

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  • Bassmaster Elites are coming back

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    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.
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    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.
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    • 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 You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at or watch him on “God’ Outdoors with Chester Moore” Saturdays at 10 a.m. on

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