Livingston at Nederland
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Bulldog Stadium
Records: Nederland (3-1, 1-0 District 20-4A); Livingston (1-3, 1-0)
Last year: Nederland 28-14
Series: Nederland leads 6-4
Radio: KLVI AM 560, legacysportsnetwork.com
Nederland capsule: Bulldogs are on an 11-game district winning streak. Beaumont Central was the last 20-4A team to beat Nederland, back in October of 2010. … Nederland out get head coach Larry Neumann (149-75) his 150th career victory on Homecoming night . . , While Nederland’s defense has given up the second-fewest points in the district and the third-fewest yards per game, the Bulldogs have the best pass defense by far. ‘Dogs giving up just over 60 yards per game passing and have six interceptions … QB Carson Raines has been a touchdown machine this season, having thrown a district-leading eight TD passes and rushed for five more . . . Starting tailback Kendrick Hopkins has not gotten into the end zone yet this season, but has rushed for the fourth-most yards in the district with 376. … Kicker Tanner Noel has been second most prolific special teams scorer in 20-4A. He has converted 13 PATs and two field goals, giving him 19 points for the season. Vidor’s Michael Tamayo leads the way with 24 points. … Neumann had plenty of praise for senior tackle Justin Byrd, who started at left tackle last week for Jorge Del Fierro. Byrd has bounced around the line as a sort of swing tackle, filling in for Dannis Latiolais earlier in the season when he dealt with an abdominal injury.
Livingston capsule: Lions finished the 2011 season at 7-3 and 4-3 in district play, but missed out on the final 20-4A playoff spot to Beaumont Ozen. That came a year after Livingston won the district title and despite the Lions leading 20-4A in scoring last season with 37.5 points per game. .. Last time Livingston won at Bulldog Stadium was in 2008, when the Lions won a shootout 55-50. Livingston won 21-16 at home in 2010 … Lions are led by talented quarterback Chevoski Collins. The 5-foot-11 senior has rushed for 184 yards on 34 carries this season with five TDs, while passing for 245 yards, completing 61 percent of his passes with four TDs and five INTs. Collins currently has nine college offers according to Rivals.com, but recently made an official visit to Oklahoma and looks to be zeroing in on the Sooners. Collins also starts at defensive back and will most likely play there in college. … Last season, Collins rushed for 113 yards on 13 carries while completing 1 of 4 passes for 20 yards against Nederland. … Lions lost a duo of running backs from last season who helped Collins in a potent offense, but return a gem in Marquis Thomas. The senior has rushed for 269 yards on 64 carries with three TDs this season. Replacing the injured Devante Mays last season, he rushed for 72 yards on 18 carries against the Bulldogs.
Neumann said: “They’re talented. They’re athletic in the skill positions. They’re 1-0 in district and have aspirations just like everyone else. The things that are important Friday night for us are to continue to improve offensively and defensively and to be very good in the kicking game. I think, from what I’ve seen, that (the kicking game) will be a bigger factor in this game than it has been in the past. I mean in the punting, punt returns, extra points and field goals.”
Livingston at Nederland
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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