GALENA PARK — There can be only one…
…undefeated team in District 21-5A after this week. That’s because Port Arthur Memorial will be putting its 6-0 record on the line by traveling to 5-0 North Shore for a district showdown of Titanic proportions.
With a bye next week, the Titans will be putting plenty of time into making this a statement game, trying to win that elusive district championship which slipped past them the last two seasons. In addition, the Titans and Mustangs have played each other tough in almost every matchup over the last few sesaons.
This series has seen it all. The last three years have been decided by a touchdown or less, with Memorial’s 7-6 win in the rain and mud in 2009. But, in 2008, North Shore handed the Titans their biggest loss in school history, a 66-7 drubbing at Galena Park ISD Stadium.
What we know this season is that North Shore has put up a very solid first half of 2012. In non-district play, they came back from a 28-7 deficit to beat Manvel 56-28 and have only scored under 50 points once all season. The collective record of the Mustangs’ non-district opponents is 13-8 and includes two teams in Clear Springs and Manvel who are undefeated in district play.
North Shore has outscored Memorial by 45 points this season and held opponents to 36 fewer points. That’s despite playing one fewer game than the Titans. There’s a reason North Shore is No. 6 in the state.
“They are a heck of a football team,” Port Arthur Memorial head coach Kenny Harrison said. “They certainly don’t lack for talent. All their kids can run fast and they play hard and fly to the ball every play. They are a state-ranked team for a reason. They’ve also got the best offensive group we’ve seen this year.”