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September 5, 2013

Memorial-Ozen kickoff box

PORT ARTHUR — Beaumont Ozen at Port Arthur Memorial

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Memorial Stadium

Records: Memorial (0-1); Ozen (0-1)

Last year: Memorial 37-15

Internet broadcast: Legacy Sports Network (legacysportsnetwork.com)

Memorial capsule : The Titans have never lost to Ozen. In fact, last year’s victory snapped a three-game streak where Kenny Harrison’s team scored at least 40 points against the Panthers. The closest game was in 2008, when Memorial beat Ozen 22-19. … Memorial’s 267 total yards of offense last week was the fewest the team has amassed in a game since 2010, when the Titans only had 220 yards in a 37-13 loss La Porte. … Sophomore running back Kameron Martin scored his fifth career rushing TD last week. He’s now got 342 career rushing yards in 12 games. … Star receiver Roderic Rucker attempted just one pass last season and failed to complete it. He made up for that in the opener, finding Trenton Swinton on a 44-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter last week. That gives him as many career TD passes as starting quarterback Tayylor Labrie. … Rucker is also two yards away from 900 for his Titan career. His one catch for 86 yards against Central also gave him 50 catches for his career.

Ozen capsule: The Panthers dropped new head coach Keeath Magee’s opener, losing 42-21 to Beaumont West Brook last Saturday. New QB Javaris Curl threw for 75 yards and two TDs while rushing for another 142 yards and a TD. … Ronnie Ceasar added 51 rushing yards and a receiving TD. … The Ozen defense was gashed by West Brook back Justin Hervey, who had 270 yards and three scores on 30 carries. Harvey had more yards by himself than the entire Memorial offense had last week. … Blue chip recruit Tony Brown was involved in both the offense and the defense last week, though the former led to a scary moment for the Panthers. On Brown’s first carry, he was hit by a West Brook linebacker and came off the field with an injury. He later went back into the game, but the Panthers can ill-afford to lose Brown for any length of time.

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