NEDERLAND — There is no question the Nederland Bulldogs defensive line is starting to become one of the most dominant units this area has ever seen. For openers, the names Caleb Malveaux and DeShawn Washington have left some quarterbacks ears ringing this year after some monster sacks.
While Malveaux and Washington are the greatest known players, guys like Beau Stewart are starting to make names for themselves with Bulldogs fans. Stewart over the last couple of weeks has raised some eyebrows with his play, including those of his coaches.
Larry Neumann has seen some talented players in his 21 years at Nederland but this year’s defensive line has quickly become one of the best groups during his tenure.
Stewart has also caught the eye of his position coach, Reed Lowrance.
“Beau has certainly turned it up over the last few games,” Lowrance said. “To see where Beau is now and from where he was at the start of the year, he has grown as a player.”
Lowrance said Stewart spent time last year as a linebacker and tight end for the Bulldogs. The now two-year starter is a part of a Nederland defense that leads District 20-4A by limiting opponents to an average of 240.8 yards per game.
“The move from linebacker to the defensive line did not come natural,” Neumann said. “He has done remarkably well. That is all a credit to the work Beau has put in to become a great player. He is starting to make plays week in, week out.”
Stewart’s hard work paid off this Friday as he was able to score his first touchdown of the season on a 30-yard fumble recovery. The touchdown was one of seven for the Bulldogs on the way to a 49-0 thumping of Lumberton. It marked the 23rd straight time the Bulldogs have defeated a District 20-4A foe.