PORT NECHES — There was a play last year when Port Neches-Groves Indians running back Brant Halfin went down and he was not sure he was getting up.
The opponents were the Nederland Bulldogs. Halfin was a member of the junior varsity squad and his hopes were to soon be brought up to the varsity level by Coach Brandon Faircloth.
Faircloth had those same hopes.
Halfin said the injury at first left him with worried he would ever walk again. The good news was he walked off the field under his own power and now the injury is a thing of the past.
Halfin is not only a member of the varsity Indians this year, he is a very important piece to an offense that leads District 20-4A with 382.3 yards per game.
The first-year starter has 1,108 yards on 211 carries, with 11 touchdowns. He gives Faircloth’s offense a much-needed balance to an attack that has thrown for 2,157 yards in 2013.
“Brant is our homerun hitter,” Faircloth said. “He really does it all from his running back position. He has great speed, can catch out of the backfield and does a tremendous job pass blocking. He truly works hard at each of those duties.”
Halfin does not seem to be satisfied at this moment. He and his Indians teammates clinched a playoff spot this past Friday with a thrilling 22-21 win over Beaumont Ozen. Halfin now has the 17th most rushing yards in a season in the storied PN-G history.
Yet Halfin is not done, and he doesn’t want anyone to think the Indians are simply going to enjoy what they have already accomplished and call it a season.
“Of course, making the playoffs is great but we have to win one more game,” Halfin said. “We still have Livingston on our schedule and we have to take this game first. It is still one game at a time around here.”