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September 13, 2013

Faircloth: Positives found in Thursday loss to No. 4 Bulldogs

PORT NECHES — Friday was an unusual day for Port Neches-Groves coach Brandon Faircloth. Instead of preparing for a game, he was reflecting on Thursday night’s game against No. 4 ranked Humble Summer Creek.

 Faircloth’s Indians fell to the Bulldogs 38-17 in Humble, the Indians first road game of the year. The loss was a painful one but there were a lot of positives to be found.

 “The positive was our team never gave up,” Faircloth said. “We went to their stadium on a Thursday night and battled all night long. Even when it became a 21-point lead our guys were fighting. We were ready to play from the first snap. We went up 17-14 at the half and that shows we have a lot of poise on this team.”

 PN-G’s lead did not hang around long as the Bulldogs outscored the Indians 24-0 in the third quarter.

 The Indians were also without starting quarterback Ky Walker who left the game with a concussion. Sophomore Adam Morse stepped in and did his job by throwing for over 120 yards in his first varsity action. He was 21-for-35 passing with a touchdown and only one interception.

 “Ky came in last year as a sophomore against West Orange-Stark and now Adam sees his first action against the No. 4 team in the state,” Faircloth said. “Talk about being thrown to the wolves. I was proud of Adam and the job he did. I think he did an awesome job and we are very proud of him, looking back on the game.”

 Jeremiah Rose continued to be the Indians’ top receiver with 11 receptions for 111 yards while Kaleb Sparks brought in nine catches for 42 yards with a score.

 Faircloth said the main difference between the first half Thursday and the second half Thursday was the Bulldogs, who have talented players at almost every position. It only took two plays in the third quarter for Summer Creek to take the lead for good as the Bulldogs scored on a 51-yard passing touchdown.

 “They wore us out,” Faircloth said. “We never gave up but we simply couldn’t get enough first downs to give our defense a rest. Summer Creek had special players all over the field and they are very-well coached. They showed us things we need to get better at and that can only be a positive for our team heading into the bye week before district starts.

 “There are lessons to be learned after a loss. We are going to use Thursday night’s loss as a motivational tool because we don’t want to feel that way again.”

 PN-G will open its District 20-4A schedule in two weeks with a road trip to Lumberton on Sept. 27.

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    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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