Nederland at Little Cypress-Mauriceville
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Where : Bear Stadium
Records: Nederland (4-1, 2-0 District 20-4A); LC-M (2-3, 1-1)
Last year: Nederland 21-14
Series: Nederland leads 12-3
Radio: KLVI AM 560, legacysportsnetwork.com
Nederland capsule: The Bulldogs have now won 12 straight District 20-4A games. … Last Friday’s victory over Livingston marked the first time this season quarterback Carson Raines was not directly involved in a touchdown. Raines has thrown fOR eight TDs and run for five this season. Against Livingston, Kendrick Hopkins and Michael Shaw had rushing TDs while Seth Barrow threw a TD pass to Zach Taylor…. Korbin Stampley led the Bulldogs in tackles against Livingston, totaling 10. The senior linebacker has 38 tackles this season. … Colton Kimler added to his district-leading interception total with another pick against Livingston. He has four on the season, two more than second place in 20-4A. Last season, Trey Broussard led the Bulldogs in the regular season with three INTs in 10 games. The 20-4A leader last season was Livingston’s Bryant McClendon who had eight.
LC-M capsule: The Bears are 2-3 this season and 1-1 in district play. They beat Coldspring-Oakhurst 35-20 in Week 2 after Coldspring had beaten the class of Class 3A La Marque the week before. LC-M is coming off a 35-7 victory over PN-G last week. The Bears have scored at least 35 points in every game except Week Zero’s 18-0 loss to West Orange-Stark. In two of the three Bears’ losses, their defense has given up 40 or more points. … LC-M is led offensively by running back Alex Sezer. The Texas A&M commit has rushed for 667 yards on 104 carries this season with nine TDs. Quarterback Caleb Harley has completed 84 percent of his passes for 666 yards with seven TDs and four INTs. … LC-M’s Casey Viator is leading 20-4A in receiving with 19 catches for 230 yards and a TD. Bears running back Dalton Doyle is the district leader in receiving yards with 333 on 14 catches with four TDs.
Neumann said: “Their quarterback is a very good passer. He’s a timely passer. He doesn’t waste much time getting the pass off. He doesn’t drop very deep and gets the pass off quickly. He’s got some excellent receivers, too. Dalton Doyle has breakaway speed. If you’re talking offense, you have to start with Sezer. Angles of pursuit and containment are going to be very important. They’ve got a big offensive line that does a good job too.”
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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 email@example.com. You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at www.klvi.com or watch him on “God’ Outdoors with Chester Moore” Saturdays at 10 a.m. on GETV.org)
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