The Port Arthur News
PORT NECHES —
There's a reason Port Neches-Groves quarterback Ky Walker has time to find receivers Jeremiah Rose and Kaleb Sparks.
It is the same reason Brant Halfin has 502 yards rushing through four games.
Offensive linemen like Allan Soriano are doing their jobs and making life much easier for the rest of the Indians.
Soriano's success has come in large part from Coach Brandon Faircloth's decision to start him as a sophomore. Soriano has now gone from a member of the Freshman B team to a three-year starter. He played center as a sophomore and junior and made the switch this year to guard.
"My first start as a sophomore was against Nederland," Soriano said. "It was a big game and I was nervous the first play. After the first snap I was fine and just played football."
Faircloth was not short on words when describing Soriano. He found it very easy to praise the young man he called the leader of the offensive line.
"He certainly knows all the checks and all the plays," Faircloth said. "Allan doesn't need much coaching after three years on varsity. He's just a great member of our football team. He's not a vocal guy, but he can speak up when he needs to.
"He's such a strong kid and he is very consistent. Allan is the same today as he was yesterday. We are proud of his play in his time on varsity."
Playing on the offensive line takes a certain amount of toughness and grit. Soriano has both of these qualities, and he knows he is not alone when on the field.
"Our line is real close this year," Soriano said. " Those guys are my brothers. We are a family out there. What we want is to see Brant rush for 100 yards and to see Ky stay off the ground."
Soriano's senior year is off to a great start as the Indians are sitting with a 3-1 record heading into this week's homecoming game against Little Cypress-Mauriceville.
"Everything is great at this point," Soriano added."We want that district title.
"We have great tradition and support here at PN-G. That is what I love the most. Our fans are the best fans in Texas. We want to win for all of them."
Indian Inklings: Allan Soriano is the son of Otlio and Judy Soriano and wears the No. 55...Soriano is unsure of which college he will attend after graduation. He does know he wants to become a coach...Soriano is a fan of Houston Texans lineman Chris Myers and Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel ... Homecoming activities will include a parade at 6 p.m. Thursday. The homecoming ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. Friday.