Some things to talk about while I labor away on Labor Day…
1) Offensive player of the week
Looking back on it, I’m not sure my story on PN-G’s 45-21 victory over Silsbee did enough credit to Jeremiah Rose. The senior receiver had a very good all-around game and has established that he’s maybe not just a one-year wonder in head coach Brandon Faircloth’s offense.
Using pinpoint route running, Rose racked up 11 catches for 131 yards and two TDs. If that weren’t enough, he also completed his only pass attempt for an 18-yard TD. Oh, and the pass was pretty good, too. Not that it needed to be, since Reece Wardlow was wide open after the reverse pass got set up in the first place.
That means Rose is now averaging 6.8 catches per game in his varsity career. That’s not bad at all.
What’s more remarkable is that Rose didn’t monopolize all the game’s catches. Slot receiver Kaleb Sparks had eight catches and three other receivers chipped in with catches, too. I think you get an achievement in Madden for having five or more receivers catch passes in a game, don’t you?
2) Stats on scores from the three schools
Here are just a few notes on what PN-G, Memorial and Nederland did last week as a team. Scoring trivia is fun, even if the games weren’t for the Titans or Bulldogs.
First up, Nederland, who gave up 56 points to Crosby. That’s more points than Nederland gave up combined in its first six district games and one less than the Bulldogs gave up to Pearland Dawson and Georgetown combined. Last year, Nederland only allowed 66 points total in all three non-district games combined. The last time Nederland gave up at least 50 points in a game was in 2008, when the Bulldogs lost to Livingston 55-50. It was the most points Nederland has given up since losing to Dayton 63-0 in 2007.
Next is Memorial, who narrowly lost to Beaumont Central 24-23 last Friday. That was the first time Memorial fell to a Beaumont school since 2010, when the Titans lost 42-15 to West Brook. In those three years, the Titans were 8-1 against the Beaumont schools. It was the first time Memorial lost to Central since 2009, a 26-21 defeat. Oh, and it was also the first time Memorial has had a game decided by a single point since beating North Shore 7-6 in 2009.
Finally, we get to the Indians, who beat Silsbee 45-21. Those 45 points were the most PN-G has scored in an opener since 1971, when the Indians beat Pasadena Rayburn 67-0. Two other times, PN-G scored at least 45 points in a season opener. In 1937, the Indians beat Buna 45-6 and in 1941, they beat Woodville 45-0. PN-G last scored 45 or more points against Central last year, when the Indians lost 52-50. The Indians last scored 45 or more in a victory in 2011, when they beat Lumberton 57-10.
3) Around the state
Scoring dominated the state during Week Zero, so here are a few noteworthy games from the three days of high school football.
First up, we have a winner for the most points scored on the weekend from right here in District 19-4A. Humble Summer Creek was one of eight teams to top 70 points on the weekend, but the Bulldogs take the cake, beating South Houston 78-13, for the highest point total of season so far.
The award for the hardest game on the poor sportswriter covering it goes to Watauga Harvest and Waco Vanguard. Harvest beat Vanguard 71-61, which means there were way too many scoring plays to be writing up in a box score. Can you imagine if the coaches had to call that box score in?
Three overtime games were played last weekend. Temple beat Round Rock 48-42, Deer Park outlasted Clear Lake 37-31, and Mertzon Irion Count beat Roby 26-20.
The winner for best finish may go to San Antonio Madison and Cibolo Steele, though. Steele, the team that beat Port Arthur Memorial in the state semifinals two years ago, hadn’t lost in the regular season since 2010.
Madison QB Cody Ennis wasn’t deterred, as he threw for 337 yards. That included a five-yard strike to Byron Daniels with a minute left that tied the score at 45-45, making the PAT moments later to take the 46-45 victory.
Madison scored 19 points in the final quarter and erased a 17-point Steele lead to grab the victory. Oh, and that PAT wasn’t a given, either, as the Madison kicker had missed two previous point after tries.
Talk about a nailbiter.
David Coleman is a sportswriter for the Port Arthur News. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org and found on Twitter at @MDavidColeman.
Some things to talk about while I labor away on Labor Day…
Bassmaster Elites are coming back
The Bassmaster Elite Series returns to Southeast Texas in March 2015 to fish out of Orange.
The announcement was made last week, ahead of Bassmaster’s official tournament schedule announcement and the buzz is already strong in Southeast Texas and beyond.
I was in Orlando, Fla. attending the ICAST (fishing trade) show and talked with a number of top anglers including Kevin VanDam, Mike Iaconelli and Shaw Grigsby who said it was no surprise they would return considering the massive turnout for the weigh-ins and that the area welcomed them in a very special way.
It’s far too early to speculate anything like who the top contenders will be or how the fishing will be but there are some things to keep in mind and to look for over the next few months and into the event itself.
• Prefishing-There is a pre-fishing cutoff that usually extends to right before the Bassmaster Classic and I fully expect most of the anglers in the Elites to come back and prefish.
Last go-round probably 2/3 of the field fished the area but this time I expect that to be just about everyone. Many of the anglers that did not pre-fish told me they expected to have a lot of water to fish but the sheer volume and diversity was almost overwhelming.
Beginning probably in the early fall we will see many anglers fishing local waters to get a better idea on how to approach the area.
• East to West Runs-The Elite anglers fished far and wide but I expect even more running next go-round. After launching from the Simmons Drive Boat Ramp in Orange angler Bill Lowen ran down the Intracoastal, across Galveston Bay and fished in the Clear Lake area and placed in the top 12. The more adventurous anglers will try super long runs, in my opinion, even longer than last time to try and score on big fish. The Intracoastal Canal system makes that possible.
• Sabine River -Very few of the anglers actually fished in the Sabine River despite the event being called the “Sabine River Challenge”. I think that will change with more anglers running as far north as they can to find pockets of fish that receive little pressure and perhaps a four or five-pounder to push them over the top.
• Bigger Turnout-Last year some 34,000 people attended the event which set a Bassmaster record for an Elite event.
It was broken a couple of weeks later in New York but I fully expect the 2015 tournament to draw 40,000 plus. The reason they are coming back is not for the stellar fishing because while we have lots of bass, everyone knows our fishery cannot compare to Toledo Bend for example.
The support from the public however was amazing and that is what is bringing the top anglers on the planet to fish our area.
We will have the very best coverage of the event beginning now and leading up to it with exclusive interviews with all of the top pros with not only their thoughts on the big event but with unique tips on how you can catch more fish.
It’s an exciting time and I look forward to bringing you special coverage on a special event.
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