The Port Arthur News
The fireworks were not exclusive to the halftime show Friday night at Pirate Stadium as the Vidor Pirates offense ran through the Port Neches -Groves Indians on their way to a 49-13 victory.
Before the Band of Bands took the field at halftime, the Pirates (7-1, 4-1) had already racked up 405 yards on the ground while building a 35-0 lead.
The Pirates’ offense came by most of their points on big plays, scoring four touchdowns on runs longer than 20 yards.
Fullback Justin Moore was one of the key contributors as he rumbled for 202 yards on just 13 carries, with two touchdowns. Quarterback Montana Quirante continued his outstanding season with 169 yards of his own with three touchdown on runs of three, 29 and 49 yards.
The Pirate defense prevented the Indians (2-6, 1-4) from finding success almost all night. The Indians would not get on the scoreboard until late in the third quarter when they were already trailing 42-0.
Tim Clopton slipped over from two yards for PN-G’s first touchdown with 3:15 left in the third. Spencer Womack went over from nine yards out with 3:56 left in the game for the Indians other touchdown.
After taking the opening kickoff, the Pirates would waste no time to get on the board. On the second play from scrimmage Moore sprinted 49 yards before being dragged down at the PN-G 2. He would not be denied though as the following play he carried it in for the first touchdown of the night. Michael Tamayo's kick put the Pirates up 7-0 with only 40 seconds elapsed.
The Pirates would get the ball right back on their own 19 after an Indian three-and-out. This drive would feature Quirante, as he picked up 51 yards on four carries. The fourth carry was an easy 3-yard touchdown run. Tamayo's kick moved the score to 14-0 with 6:40 still left in the opening period.
The Indians would string together a couple on long passes on their next drive on their way deep into Pirate territory. The Pirate defense would not break, though, as Michael Godeaux and John Boy Smith came up with back to back sacks to force a fourth-and 23-punting situation.
The Pirates would take over needing 88 yards to score, but it would prove no trouble once again. They spanned the field on seven plays. It would be Quirante who managed to avoid the defense for a 29-yard touchdown toteto extend the lead 21-0 with 28 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
Midway through the second quarter, the Pirates would catch another break as Boutte intercepted a pass to set up the offense at the Pirate 45. Four different Pirates carried the ball on the way to a eight-play touchdown drive. This time Sage Smith would get his number called and he carried it in from six yards out to make it 28-0 with 4:22 until halftime.
On the ensuing drive the Indians would threaten again but be unable to convert a first-and-goal situation from the Pirate 8. The Vidor defense would stand firm, forcing the Indians back to a fourth-and-22 situation that would eventually lead to a turnover on downs.
With only 1:43 left until halftime, the Pirates worked quickly to find the end zone yet again. On the third play of the series Moore broke off a 61 yard touchdown gallop for a 35-0 lead.
The Pirates’ second half featured couple of big runs including a 49-yard touchdown run in which Quirante bulldozed several Indians along the way, and a 47-yard run by tailback Thomas Novak that would cap off their scoring for the night.
By the time all the numbers were added up, the Pirates had rushed for 578 yards. PN-G managed onl.y 249 yards, with 159 of that coming through the air. The Indians Smith was 17-of-26 but threw two interceptions.
The Pirates will host Livingston (4-4, 4-1) next Friday with second-place on the line while the Indians return home to face Ozen.