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September 30, 2013

Talking Points from this past week

PORT ARTHUR — It was a great week of football for fans in Nederland, Port Neches-Groves and Port Arthur.

Our local teams went 3-0 to start district play and there were quite a few standouts of note. District football is a lot different than in the non-district schedule.

District teams fight harder for the wins and on any given week a team could lose even if they are the favorites. So kudos to the Bulldogs, Indians and Titans for starting off on the right foot and picking up victories this past Friday.

First half defense key for Bulldogs

What a defensive performance out of the Nederland Bulldogs against the Vidor Pirates.

Vidor came into the game averaging over 400 yards on the ground. The Bulldogs held the visiting Pirates to 138 rushing yards in a 31-10 victory. The Pirates had only 42 total yards in the entire first half.

Maybe the biggest story line of the game came right after the kickoff. Nederland tailback Kendrick Hopkins fumbled on the Bulldogs first play from scrimmage and the Bulldogs defense made sure the mistake did not prove to be too costly. Nederland held Vidor to a field goal after the fumble.

Nederland is now riding a 18-game winning streak in District 20-4A play.

Help needed for Bridge City’s Cardinals

This was supposed to be another playoff year for the Bridge City Cardinals but this Friday’s 36-7 loss to Buna really hurts the Cardinals chances.

Bridge City lost two fumbles and the Cougars intercepted two passes from Bridge City quarterback Chase Shugart.

The Cardinals offense is really struggling this year and was held to 67 rushing yards and 74 passing yards. Bridge City found itself down 28-0 at the break.

If the Cardinals are going to make the playoffs for a fifth straight year, Bridge City will now need a little help down the road. Four teams will make the playoffs this season in 3A but now Buna is in control over the Cardinals.

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