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 email@example.com and found on Twitter at @MDavidColeman.
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Casey Cromwell’s three-run blast in the bottom of the seventh inning gave the Lady Cardinals a 6-4 win over Southeastern Louisiana at Ford Park in the first home game of 2014 for Lamar and the Southland Conference opener for both squads.
Lamar, which won its first game last year over UTSA on a walk-off home run by Ashley McDowell, cruised to an 8-1 win over Southeastern Louisiana in Saturday’s nightcap.
“This is why I love playing at home,” Lamar coach Holly Bruder said. “The fans really get us pumped up, and we respond.”
Cromwell hit two home runs in the opener for Lamar (5-9 overall, 2-0 Southland). Beverly Corry also homered for Lamar. Shannon Millman (3-5) was the winning pitcher for the Lady Cardinals in both games, working 1 1-3 innings of scoreless relief in the first game before firing a three-hit gem in the nightcap.
“We got tremendous pitching for both Shannon and Tina (Schulz) today,” Bruder said. “We also got some great defense, and that really helped us.”
Candyce Carter and Jenna Holland homered for Lamar in the second game. Carter had three RBIs in the game, while Holland and Julianne Viator added two RBIs apiece.
Carter closed out the game in spectacular fashion, making a diving grab in center field to turn what looked to be a sure double off the bat of Brittney Tschoepe into the final out of the game.
The two teams wrap up their three-game series with a single contest at 1 p.m. Sunday at Ford Park. All senior citizens 55 and older receive free admission.
“It’s always tough to sweep a team,” Bruder said. “We know Sunday’s game will be tough.”
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