, Port Arthur, Texas


October 21, 2013

Talking Points: Looking back on 90th version of Mid-County Madness

PORT ARTHUR — The 90th edition of Mid County Madness was one that will not soon be forgotten.

It was a great game between two great rivals. It was sad news, though, to learn around 9 p.m. that former Nederland and Port Neches-Groves coach Bum Phillips had passed.

Nederland Coach Larry Neumann said it best after his Bulldogs defeated the Indians, 21-17, that Phillips’ spirit was watching over Bulldog Stadium.

Bulldogs continue to close the gap

PN-G still leads the series 48-35-7 but Nederland is slowly starting to gain some ground.

Nederland has won four straight against the Indians, the first four-gaming winning streak against PN-G since the late 1950s for the Bulldogs.

Neumann is now 15-6 against PN-G is taking over the Bulldogs in 1993.

The Bulldogs won this past Friday by being patient and capitalizing on a huge break late in the game.

Nederland attacked when the time was right and was never rattled. Neumann called on Brandon Dial at the right time and he struck for a long run on his only carry of the night. It came on the game-winning drive.

The Bulldogs also got a huge game from Sage Seay who is this week’s Player of the Week as seen on Page B2.

Indians regroup; focus on Vidor

Port Neches-Groves is sitting at 2-2 in District 20-4A and with three games left the Indians cannot dwell on the Nederland loss for very long.

Vidor will come into The Reservation looking to pull off an upset and the Pirates 1-3 district record does not mean Vidor will simply not show up.

The Pirates have the district’s leading rusher in Sage Smith who has gained over 1,000 yards this season. Vidor’s offense averages nearly 400 yards a game.

PN-G has only lost to Vidor once in Coach Brandon Faircloth’s tenure with the Indians. The Pirates beat the Indians, 49-13, last season. Faircloth is 3-1 versus Vidor since coming to PN-G in 2009.

Speaking of Faircloth, the head Chief has 32 career wins with the Indians. Matt Burnett’s all-time wins record for a head coach at PN-G is 95.

Sterling/Memorial series is not close

The Titans have owned their series against the Rangers since Port Arthur Memorial was formed in 2002.

Memorial boasts a 9-1 series lead against Baytown Sterling. Sterling’s only win came in 2008, 17-10.

This season should be no different as the Rangers enter with District 21-5A’s worst ranked offense and sixth ranked defense.

Memorial was off last week so the Titans coaches have had two weeks to prepare for the 2-6 Rangers.

Sterling lost 51-0 to North Shore this past Friday and the Mustangs did not need 589 rushing yards to beat the Rangers like they did two weeks ago against the Titans.

Instead the Mustangs held the Rangers to 55 total yards and only five first downs.

Fans are to be reminded this game will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday at Baytown’s Stallworth Stadium.


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  • Bassmaster Elites are coming back

    The Bassmaster Elite Series returns to Southeast Texas in March 2015 to fish out of Orange.
    The announcement was made last week, ahead of Bassmaster’s official tournament schedule announcement and the buzz is already strong in Southeast Texas and beyond.
    I was in Orlando, Fla. attending the ICAST (fishing trade) show and talked with a number of top anglers including Kevin VanDam, Mike Iaconelli and Shaw Grigsby who said it was no surprise they would return considering the massive turnout for the weigh-ins and that the area welcomed them in a very special way.
    It’s far too early to speculate anything like who the top contenders will be or how the fishing will be but there are some things to keep in mind and to look for over the next few months and into the event itself.
    • Prefishing-There is a pre-fishing cutoff that usually extends to right before the Bassmaster Classic and I fully expect most of the anglers in the Elites to come back and prefish.
    Last go-round probably 2/3 of the field fished the area but this time I expect that to be just about everyone. Many of the anglers that did not pre-fish told me they expected to have a lot of water to fish but the sheer volume and diversity was almost overwhelming.
    Beginning probably in the early fall we will see many anglers fishing local waters to get a better idea on how to approach the area.
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    • Sabine River -Very few of the anglers actually fished in the Sabine River despite the event being called the “Sabine River Challenge”. I think that will change with more anglers running as far north as they can to find pockets of fish that receive little pressure and perhaps a four or five-pounder to push them over the top.
    • Bigger Turnout-Last year some 34,000 people attended the event which set a Bassmaster record for an Elite event.
     It was broken a couple of weeks later in New York but I fully expect the 2015 tournament to draw 40,000 plus. The reason they are coming back is not for the stellar fishing because while we have lots of bass, everyone knows our fishery cannot compare to Toledo Bend for example.
    The support from the public however was amazing and that is what is bringing the top anglers on the planet to fish our area.
    We will have the very best coverage of the event beginning now and leading up to it with exclusive interviews with all of the top pros with not only their thoughts on the big event but with unique tips on how you can catch more fish.
    It’s an exciting time and I look forward to bringing you special coverage on a special event.
    (To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at or watch him on “God’ Outdoors with Chester Moore” Saturdays at 10 a.m. on

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