PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

Sports

May 23, 2013

Memorial spring game set for tonight

PORT ARTHUR — Most every decision and competition has played out already during Port Arthur Memorial’s spring practices. Friday will be all about going out with a bang.

Memorial’s explosive offense will get to test itself against a new defensive scheme in the annual spring game at Memorial Stadium Friday at 7 p.m.

After 18 practices,, Friday’s game will cap the first set of the 2013 season for Memorial. Most of the evaluations have already been done by the coaching staff, as questions about playing time have been answered heading into the summer.

That means Friday will be about preparation, as the Titans scrimmage each other under the lights. Coaches will get a chance to call in plays from the sideline, make sure substitution packages go smoothly and all the other gameday things that are important to practice before real games hit.

What can you expect to see from this year’s Titans squad?

First up, the offense looks to continue a trend under head coach Kenny Harrison of breaking off big plays by the dozen. Senior receiver Roderic Rucker leads the offense again this season. Rucker, who recently picked up an offer from the University of Houston and is also drawing interest from Baylor and Texas Tech, led Memorial with 757 yards and 11 TDs last season.

He’s joined by returning starter Albert Jacobs in what could be a deep receiving corps. Jacobs caught 34 passes for 499 yards and three TDs last season.

Those receivers will have a new quarterback throwing them the ball, as senior Tayylor Labrie seems to have locked down the top spot in Memorial’s depth chart. Labrie has a big arm and should open up the field for some big plays, like when he closed out practice on Tuesday’s with a deep bomb to Jacobs.

In the backfield, Memorial will feature a pair of young running backs, along with a veteran presence. Sophomore Kameron Martin, who has also received plenty of recruiting attention already, rushed for 308 yards and four TDs as a freshman last season.

Text Only
Sports
  • West column: Results, not words needed for The Palms, Belle Oaks

    July 29, 2014

  • Despite obstacles, progress is being made at The Palms

    July 29, 2014

  • West golf notepad: Barbaso claims first win in Boys 16-18

    July 29, 2014

  • Trophy stab 1.jpg WEST COLUMN: Bum Phillips trophy an impressive piece of work

    There was lots of excitement around the Port Arthur News this week, with the long-awaited delivery of the magnificent Bum Phillips trophy that will be presented annually to the winner of the Nederland-Port Neches-Groves football game.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ned 13U Babe Ruth wins

    It was a much better day Saturday for the Nederland 13U Babe Ruth team compared to Friday.

    July 26, 2014

  • MOORE COLUMN: Flounder dream started in Bridge City

    The first flounder that grabbed my attention lived in what is now the Lower Neches Wildlife Management Area in Bridge City. 

    July 26, 2014

  • TODORA COLUMN: Hermsen rattles racks in Monday Seniors League at Max Bowl

    Mondays Seniors League had some nice scores this past week. Rick Hermsen started with a 263, finished with a 270 and fit in a 212 in the middle for a nice 745.

    July 26, 2014

  • ESTRADA COLUMN: PED update /Key injuries with contrasting outcomes

    The results of Saturday night’s UFC on Fox: Lawler vs. Brown event were not available as of the time of this writing. It will be covered in a future column.

    July 26, 2014

  • Nederland 13U Babe Ruth loses 9-0

    The Nederland 13U Babe Ruth team lost 9-0 Friday to Bryant.

    July 25, 2014

  • 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 cmooreoutdoors@gmail.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)

    July 23, 2014

From the Fieldhouse blog