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October 12, 2013

Pirates crush Raiders, 59-20

LUMBERTON — The Vidor Pirates righted the ship Friday night in Lumberton picking up their first district win with a 59-20 blowout of the Lumberton Raiders.

It was a vital win for the Pirates, who dropped their first two 20-4A games to Nederland and Beaumont Ozen.

The Pirates did not look like a team on a three game skid as they produce 564 total offensive yards and producing four turnovers on defense. The offense scored on every possession except for three, one of which ended the game with a knee.

“Our offense really stepped it up tonight” said Coach Jeff Matthews. “We really got the ground game going and our defense was solid all night”.

The Pirates (3-3, 1-2) also collected 10 penalties for 81 yards, most of which came in the first half.

“We are still making too many mistakes that we can control.” said Matthews. “If we are going to make the playoffs and compete with Central next week we are going to have to do better.”

The Raiders fall to 0-6 overall, 0-3 in 20-4A play.

There were no shortages of offensive standouts for the Pirates. Sage Smith ran all over the Raiders, picking up 218 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries. He eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark on the night as he now has 1,058 yards for the season.

Jeremy Stephenson also could no be stopped as he amassed 158 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries. Patrick Dorn added two touchdown runs of 32 and 25 late in the fourth quarter as the Pirates padded their lead.

Vidor finished with 544 yards on the ground. The Pirates also racked up 34 first downs.

On defense the Pirates were lead by Steven Niemczynski who collected an interception, a fumble, and blocked a point after attempt. Reagan Lightfoot and Celly Thomas also had a fumble recovery each.

The Raiders were lead by Stephen Yarbro who passed for 176 yards, going 18-for-30 and one touchdown on the night. His favorite targts were Chase Griffin and Brenner Boykin as they picked up 65 and 56 yards respectively. Brenner Boyking and Caleb Thomas each had a rushing touchdown.

After the first quarter it looked as if the Raiders might be able to trade offensive blows with the Pirates all night after easily finding the end zone on their first two drives. But after an even first quarter the Pirates went on a 25-point run to put the game well out of reach

Next week the Pirates will host the Central Jaguars for their homecoming at 7:30 while Lumberton travels to Livngston.

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  • Bassmaster Elites are coming back

    The Bassmaster Elite Series returns to Southeast Texas in March 2015 to fish out of Orange.
    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.
    It’s far too early to speculate anything like who the top contenders will be or how the fishing will be but there are some things to keep in mind and to look for over the next few months and into the event itself.
    • Prefishing-There is a pre-fishing cutoff that usually extends to right before the Bassmaster Classic and I fully expect most of the anglers in the Elites to come back and prefish.
    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.
    Beginning probably in the early fall we will see many anglers fishing local waters to get a better idea on how to approach the area.
    • East to West Runs-The Elite anglers fished far and wide but I expect even more running next go-round. After launching from the Simmons Drive Boat Ramp in Orange angler Bill Lowen ran down the Intracoastal, across Galveston Bay and fished in the Clear Lake area and placed in the top 12. The more adventurous anglers will try super long runs, in my opinion, even longer than last time to try and score on big fish. The Intracoastal Canal system makes that possible.
    • Sabine River -Very few of the anglers actually fished in the Sabine River despite the event being called the “Sabine River Challenge”. I think that will change with more anglers running as far north as they can to find pockets of fish that receive little pressure and perhaps a four or five-pounder to push them over the top.
    • 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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