PORT NECHES — PORT NECHES – Receivers have been flourishing lately at Port Neches-Groves. This season, the Indians have found another Rose among the thorns, as junior receiver Jeremiah Rose is establishing himself as the next name in a growing list of talented pass catchers under PN-G head coach Brandon Faircloth.
Rose is District 20-4A’s leading receiver with 28 catches for 268 yards and two touchdowns. He has scored a TD in three of PN-G’s five games this season, scoring his other against Silsbee on a reverse.
That’s not bad for a guy who came into the season fresh off the JV team.
“He always has been (dependable),” PN-G head coach Brandon Faircloth said. “He’s one of the ones who benefitted from being on the JV last year. He was our go-to guy there last year. He’s steadily improved. He’s very athletic, obviously, and has great hands. He’s just a steady guy. He had a great freshman year, a great sophomore year and is now playing well on varsity.”
Against LC-M last week, Rose etched his own name in the record books at PN-G with 11 catches. That puts him fourth all-time on the single-game catches list. Of the players in the top five, six of the eight have played under Faircloth, including record-holder Amir Jalali, who had 14 catches in 2010.
For Rose, that big game is just business as usual.
“When you line up out there, especially when the ball is coming to you, you try to do your best on every play,” Rose said. “I’m happy with 11. That’s good, but if they want to give me more, that’s good too.”
Faircloth said Rose wants the ball on every play and is constantly working so he can get there. In the past three games, he’s caught 23 passes for 212 yards and averaged over seven catches per game.