One team enters Friday’s bi-district game wanting to speed things up and the other team wants nothing more than to keep the contest moving at a crawl.
Pasadena Memorial would love to make sure the Port Arthur Memorial Titans do not have too many chances to show off their explosive offense.
“A few years ago we couldn’t stop them,” Pasadena Memorial Coach Chris Quillam said. “We scored 34 points and it still wasn’t enough.”
Quillam was referring to the Titans 38-34 win in 2010. The two teams will face off again tonight at 7 p.m. at Baytown’s Stallworth Stadium.
The winner will face the winner between Ford Bend Elkins and Dickinson.
Port Arthur Memorial reached the playoffs after posting a 5-1 record out of District 21-5A. Coach Kenny Harrison’s Titans have averaged 365.5 yards per game and Quillam pointed to the offense as his opponent’s strongest unit.
“They have two tremendous running backs, a quarterback who can really throw the ball and a great group of receivers,” Quillam said.
Quarterback Tayylor Labrie has thrown for 1,822 yards on 148-for-234 passing with 14 touchdowns and six interceptions. Labrie did a great job through the district schedule, with only two interceptions in the last six games.
Joining Labrie in the backfield are Kameron Martin and Corey Dauphine. Martin has rushed for 855 yards and 11 touchdowns while Dauphine has 528 yards and 10 touchdowns.
The Titans receiving arsenal is led by Roderic Rucker’s 41 receptions for 602 yards and six touchdowns. Albert Jacobs has 36 catches for 484 yards and four scores and Torian Lott has 28 catches for 312 yards and one score. Trenton Swinton has added 22 receptions for 302 yards and four touchdowns.
Harrison knows the Mavericks will try to slow all these guys down but he does not let his Titans worry about what Pasadena Memorial will try to do come game time.
“Once again our focus is only on ourselves,” Harrison said. “We always put our focus on our football team. We feel if we take care of ourselves, then we will be in good shape. The thing I have been impressed with the most from us is we were the most balanced team in our district.
“We take what the defense gives us each week. We game plan to be balanced and then we started to get yards any way we can throughout the game.”
Harrison’s team is coming off a thrilling come-from-behind win against La Porte, 47-45. The Titans team needed 20 points in the fourth quarter to overtake the Bulldogs to set up the game against the Mavericks.
“We played a full 48 minutes last week,” Harrison said. “We needed a win like we had last week. We have a very impressive two-minute drill. We went 79 yards in 45 seconds. It worked to perfection. Then our special teams pinned those guys back and our defense had several big stops. That type of win can really carry over into the next week. It showed a lot of character.”
Pasadena Memorial averages 294.8 yards per game and the Mavericks defense limits opponents to an average of 269.9 yards per game. The Titans will counter the Mavericks offense with a defense that gives up an average of 325.7 yards per game.
The Mavericks use two quarterbacks, as both Israel Trevino and Brady Morren have seen time on the field.
Trevino is a dual-threat quarterback who has thrown for 470 yards and rushed for 344 yards. He has two passing touchdowns and six interceptions while rushing for five scores. Trevino is 43-for-84 passing.
Morren is 33-for-72 passing for 448 yards with one touchdown and four interceptions.
Reggie Turner leads the Mavericks with 504 rushing yards on 94 carries with five touchdowns. Nicholas Hernandez leads the team with seven rushing touchdowns with 427 yardson 70 totes.
Ray Ramirez has a team-high 27 catches for 375 yards and two scores.
“Their record does not do them justice,” Harrison said. “They play very hard and they do a good job every Friday night. We are going to have to play another 48 minutes to get this win.”
QB – Tayylor Labrie (2)
RB – Kameron Martin (6)
RB – Corey Dauphine (21)
WR –Albert Jones (1)
WR – Roderic Rucker (12)
WR – Travon McClain (9)
LT – Vernon Samuels (72)
LG – Dekovin Antoine (76)
C – Casey Williams (64)
RG – Jeremiah Washington (55)
RT – Khaleb Fobish (71)
DE – Jaron Johnson (99)
DT – Selah Fontenot (50)
DE – Terry Olliver (42)
LB – Meldrick Matthews (30)
LB – Melbrodrick Matthews (11)
LB – Dante Lovilotte (5)
LB – Brandon Lumpkin (10)
CB – Torian Lott (3)
S – C.J. Levine (14)
S – Morgan Ford (13)
CB – Jacorie Jones (24)