The Port Arthur News
Nederland Coach Larry Neumann is in his 21st year with the Bulldogs and he believes what he saw out of his offensive line Friday night might be the best ever for one of his tams.
Neumann’s Bulldogs matched what the fireworks Angleton produced early and eventually wore down the visitors en route to a 35-21 victory.
Nederland’s offensive line of Justin Carr, Jacob Brinkley, Cole Brown, Logan Albritton and Chris Henry opened up enough running lanes for Kendrick Hopkins to rush for 164 yards in the first half. Hopkins left the game with an ankle injury two plays into the second half and finished with 178 yards on 25 carries.
Neumann was also concerned after the game with an injury to Austin Krautz. Neumann said Hopkins seemed to have tweaked his ankle and should benefit from Nederland’s off week this week. Krautz’s injury came on a non-contact play and was Neumann’s “biggest concern”, although he was unsure of the injury’s details.
“The goal I had in these first three games was to be 2-1 and for us to be healthy,” Neumann said. “I cannot recall a more dominant performance by a Nederland offense like we had in the first half. Our running backs did a great job all night long and you can write anything and everything about (Marcus) Burton and Hopkins. We don’t do the things we did tonight without the job our line did tonight. They were excellent.”
Barton finished with 73 yards on 15 carries, giving running back duo 251 between them. He had 44 yards on eight carries in the game’s final drive that allowed Nederland to drain the last 6:16 remaining on the clock.
“Barton was kind of his own blocker tonight on a few runs,” Neumann said. “I bet he didn’t think he would have that kind of night tonight. He came in when Hopkins got injured and did a great job when we called on him.”
Angleton’s offense got off to a blistering start, scoring on on a 56-yard run by K’Vonte Jackson on the second play.
Nederland responded with a 22-yard touchdown reception by Colton Kilmer off the arm of Preston White. White finished the game 8-for-14 passing for 152 yards. Kilmer hauled in six receptions for 138 yards.
Angleton then only needed two plays again to score on a 65-yard pass from T.J. Posey to Jashon Waddy.
“I figured Angleton would be similar to what we saw against Crosby in the first game,” Neumann said. “They sure tested us early on with the big plays but after that credit our defense for settling down and making some plays.”
Nederland, after being down 14-7, scored the game’s next 21 points to take a dominant 28-14 lead.
Nederland safety Sage Seay had a great game for the Bulldogs with two sacks and two fumble recoveries, with the second coming on a huge heads-up play after a bothced backward pass from Josey fell to the ground. Seay picked the ball up and ran it back 61 yards to the Nederland five-yardline, completely snatching the momentum away from Angleton, which was driving for the potential tying touchdown.
Two plays later White ran the ball in to complete Nederland’s scoring and give the Bulldogs a commanding 35-21 lead.
“We played with some savvy tonight,” Neumann said. “Now we go into our bye week and we can expect some great practices and some time to heal these wounds before a tough game against Vidor to open district. We have a little momentum now on our side and that is a big positive for our team. We know what we have to work on but tonight we know a little better who we are as a football team.”
NEDERLAND 35, ANGLETON 21
Angleton 14 0 7 0 — 21
Nederland 14 7 7 7 — 35
ANG - K’Vonte Jackson 56 run. Samuel Rodriguez kick.
NED - Colton Kilmer 22 pass from Preston White. Tanner Noel kick.
ANG - Jashon Waddy 65 pass from T.J. Josey. Rodriguez kick.
NED - Kendrick Hopkins 2 run. Noel kick.
NED - Hopkins 8 run. Noel kick.
NED - DeShawn Washington 5 pass from White. Noel kick.
ANG - Jackson 13 run. Rodriguez kick.
NED - White 1 run. Noel kick.
First downs 22 12
Rushes-yards 34-257 34-205
Passing yards 152 136
Total yards 409 341
Comp-att-int 8-14-0 6-10-0
Punts 2-29.5 3-31.3
Fumbles lost 0-0 2-2
Penalties 3-25 7-65
Rushing — ANG: K’Vonte Jackson 11-118, Dayshawn Franklin 7-77, T.J. Josey 14-12, Kydron Butler 1-0, Brad Randolph 1-(-2). NED: Kendrick Hopkins 25-178, Marcus Barton 15-73, Preston White 4-5, Brandon Dial 1-1.
Passing — ANG: Josey 6-10-0 136. NED: White 8-14-0 152.
Receiving — ANG: Jashon Waddy 2-75, Jacquel Lewis 2-41, Xavier Castile 1-15, Jackson 1-5. NED: Colton Kilmer 6-138, Colton Broussard 1-9, DeShawn Washington 1-5.