, Port Arthur, Texas

September 30, 2013

Talking Points from this past week

Gabriel Pruett
The Port Arthur News

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.

Add a shutout to PN-G’s resume

Everyone knew the Indians offense would be pretty tough to stop this year with skill players like Ky Walker, Jeremiah Rose, Kaleb Sparks and Brant Halfin.

Now the talk of the town could shift a bit towards the PN-G defense, after not letting the Lumberton Raiders reach the end zone. Lumberton only had 161 yards for the game, nine first downs and the Raiders had three turnovers.

Michael Hughes brought back an interception 88 yards for a touchdown in the impressive start to District 20-4A play. It was the second interception of the season for the Indians, the first coming by Brandon Bryan.

PN-G’s defense will be tested this Friday at home against the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bears. LC-M put up 413 yards last Friday in a 28-21 win over Livingston.

Second half sparks Titans win

Memorial needed a strong second half to pull out a 19-16 win over the Deer Park Deer.

The Titans trailed the Deer 14-6 at the half and Kenny Harrison and his coaches made sure the players knew Memorial was losing because of what Memorial was doing up to that point. The Titans were having to settle for field goals instead of scoring touchdowns.

Memorial got two touchdown runs from quarterback Tayylor Labrie in the second half to secure the win. Labrie finished with 50 yards on the ground in the win while tailback Kameron Martin finished with 90 yards.

Harrison had to be pleased with the fact the Titans had no turnovers in the game.

The Titans look to start the district schedule with a 2-0 mark this Friday with a road trip to Channelview.