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October 25, 2012

Memorial-Sterling kickoff box

PORT ARTHUR — Baytown Sterling at Port Arthur Memorial

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Memorial Stadium

Records: Memorial (6-1, 2-1 District 21-5A); Sterling (1-7, 1-3)

Last year: Memorial 49-14

Series: Memorial leads 8-1

Radio: Legacysportsnetwork.com with pregame show 30 minutes before kickoff.

Memorial capsule: The Titans currently sit in third place in District 21-5A, behind undefeated North Shore and La Porte. The last two weeks of the season will go a long way to determining playoff seeding, as La Porte and North Shore play next week while Memorial hosts La Porte in the final week of the season. … Ricky Fisk is third in the district in rushing yards with 661 on 106 carries. The senior quarterback also has 12 rushing TDs, tied for most in the district. … Junior receiver Roderic Rucker is third in the district in receiving with 28 catches for 496 yards. … Fisk recently passed Corwin Keal for the seventh place on the Memorial career passing yards list. Keal had 1,244 yards while Fisk stands at 1,312. Fisk could end up in fifth place with just 73 more yards this week against Sterling, but would need 408 more yards to pass quarterbacks coach Cornelius Harmon for fourth place. … Fisk also moved into seventh place on the all-time rushing yards list, passing Daleon Sinette (834 yards). Next up is Kenneth Mayfield with 884 yards.

Sterling capsule: The Rangers snapped a 20-game losing streak by beating Channelview earlier this season…. Sterling has given up the most points in 21-5A this season with 317, but has outscored only one team with 121 points. … Offensively, the Rangers have rushed for the fourth-most yards in district with 1,524 while passing for just 373 yards. That’s just 46.3 passing yards per game on average. … Sterling’s defense is allowing 375 yards per game and is one of just two defenses in the district that has already allowed over 2,000 yards rushing this season. … Running back Elijah Chenier is fourth in the district in rushing yards with 641 and four TDs this season. Teammate Dajuan Hill is 13th with 309 yards and two TDs. … The Rangers moved quarterback Acosta to wingback this season, replacing him with the bigger Archie Moyers, who has thrown for 318 yards and two TDs this season. Moyers has only completed 38 percent of his passes and has also thrown three TDs.

Harrison said: “Offensively, Sterling runs the option. We haven’t seen that all year, so we have to get used to it in a hurry. They do a good job running it, too. We really had to work on our responsibilities in practice this week. Defensively, they do a good job of running to the football. They’ve played extremely hard this year. You may not tell by some of the scores, but they’ve also been extremely competitive in district play. They have just played extremely hard in district play and always compete for all 48 minutes.”

PA  Memorial  Lineups

OFFENSE

QB – Ricky Fisk (7)

RB – Kameron Martin (6)

WR – John Leday (8)

WR – Roderic Rucker (12)

WR – Brandon Leday (2)

WR – Albert Jacobs (5)

OL – Vernon Samuels (72)

OL – Dekovin Antoine (76)

OL – Toan Nguyen (58)

OL – Selah Fontenot (50)

OL – Brendan Vaughn (65)

DEFENSE

DE – Melbrodrick Matthews (11)

DT – Walter Oliver (91)

DT – Matthew Romar (3)

DE – Meldric Matthews (30)

LB – Dante Lovilotte (32)

LB – Gregorie Johnson (17)

CB – Devin Cockrell (20)

S – Darius Lemora (28)

S – Jalen Barnes (1)

S – CJ Levine (14)

CB – James Jenkins (10)

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