, Port Arthur, Texas

October 14, 2013

Talking Points: A little game called Mid-County Madness

Gabriel Pruett
The Port Arthur News

PORT ARTHUR — Port Neches-Groves will venture to enemy territory this Friday. The environment will be hostile and the game could very well come down to the last play.

Bulldog Stadium in Nederland will be rocking when the Bulldogs welcome the Indians in another District 20-4A contest with major playoff implications hanging in the balance.

PN-G got a huge win against Beaumont Central last Friday while Nederland took care of business against LC-M. So here we go Mid-County fans. This week is all about the Indians and Bulldogs.

Nederland’s balance on offense is tough to stop

Coach Larry Neumann and the Bulldogs offense continue to be at or near the top of District 20-4A.

A lot of the reason falls to a balanced attack. Kendrick Hopkins leads the district in rushing with 898 yards and teammate Marcus Barton is also a threat out of the backfield.

If Hopkins and Barton are not enough, opponents must deal with quarterback Preston White who is second in the district in passing yards. White hs thrown for 880 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Credit a lot of Nederland’s success to a great offensive line that does a good job pass and run blocking. PN-G’s defense will have to be at its best this week.

PN-G’s defense has given up an average of 347.8 yards and 25.5 points a game. Nederland’s offense averages 388.2 yards and 29.1 points a game. Something must give when Nederland has the ball.

Indians have experience in big games

Coach Brandon Faircloth has spoke all year about how tough the Indians non-district schedule was this year.

PN-G defeated Silsbee and West Orange-Stark before losing a tough game against Humble Summer Creek. Now add a triple-overtime win against playoff contender Beaumont Central to the Indians resume.

Experience in big game is a key for teams.

Faircloth and his Indians responded nicely after Central who the game-tying two point conversion in regulation with under 10 seconds left on the clock.

Jeremiah Rose hauled in his 44th reception and sixth touchdown in the third overtime to give PN-G the lead. Kaleb Sparks then ran in the two point conversion.

Both teams must go for two starting in the third overtime in high school.

Central scored a touchdown but Michael Hughes sacked the quarterback on the two-point try. Nederland Coach Larry Neumann on Monday said he wished his team had that type of game experience heading into Friday’s contest.

Ticket Information

Tickets go on sale at 8 a.m. Tuesday at the Nederland High School office.

There will be a limit of six tickets per family. Adults cost $6 and students, four-years-old through 12th grade, cost $3. Tickets will be sold to NISD residents only. A current driver’s license is required for proof of residency. Only cash or checks will be accepted and make checks payable to NHS.

Bulldog Stadium gates will open at 6 p.m. Friday.


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