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May 23, 2014

Defenses shine at Memorial spring game

PORT ARTHUR — CJ Levine was all smiles after Friday nights Port Arthur Memorial spring game.

Levine commanded the White Team to a 6-0 win over the Black Team as both a quarterback and defensive back. He did most of his damage on the defensive side with one interception and another knockdown late in the game to preserve the final score.

“The White team got the win because we all played our game,” Levine said. “We all wanted to come out and work on our mental mistakes.”

Both sides defenses were the talk of the coaching staff after the game. Levine powered a strong first team defense that gave up hardly any yards and no points.

The only touchdown came with 8:01 left in the contest as quarterback John Wilson hooked up with Adrian Williams for an 8-yard touchdown strike.

Quickly after the touchdown, coach Kenny Harrison decided to put his first team offense back into the game to try to even the score.

Quarterback Kadon Harrison did a good job leading the offense down the field and the Black team was helped out by a pass interference call.

The drive stalled deep into White territory after a couple incomplete passes and a well played pass knockdown by Levine.

“We are calling our secondary the No Fly Zone this year,” Levine said. “We are trying to mimic those guys up in Seattle. We want to be like Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman.”

The White team secondary set the tone very early when Morgan Ford planted a huge hit on a receiver on the game’s first play.

Kadon Harrison guided the first team offense to two straight first downs behind great running from Marcus Younger.

Ford though made another great play to force a punt.

Fellow running back Ken Gordon also played a great game as the two starting Titans runners, Corey Dauphine and Kameron Martin, did not play a down.

Kenan Washington was another offensive star on the night with a couple of big grabs, one coming on a sideline reception when he went high to get the ball over the defense.

“It was a good night for Titans football,” Kenny Harrison said. “We saw some good things and some things we need to work on.”

Levine’s interception came in the endzone against Kadon Harrison as the Black team had momentum to score.

Terry Olliver can also be noted for his stellar defensive play in the second half for the White team.

Memorial is now through with spring practice and will start fall practices one week after the rest of teams in the state of Texas.

The Titans open the 2014 season on the road against the Beaumont Ozen Panthers on Thursday, Aug. 28 at The Butch.

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