HOUSTON — It was a tale of turnovers Friday night at Delmar Stadium, but Port Arthur Memorial (2-1) was able to overcome its own early miscues to steamroll Houston Westside (2-1), 49-20, Friday night.
The Titans scored 28 unanswered points during the second and third quarters, and four of their first scores came inside the host’s 30-yard line.
“We have the potential to score like this every game,” Titans head coach Kenny Harrison said. “We have to get a lot better and fix some things, though.”
The contest featured six total turnovers, including a muffed kickoff return, all in the first half of play. While Port Arthur Memorial came into the game with 11 fumbles in their first two contests, it was mistakes by Westside that allowed the Titans to get off to a 14-0 lead and never look back.
The defense for Port Arthur Memorial, which shut out Beaumont Ozen last week, carried their momentum into Friday’s game, forcing Westside quarterback Michael Haywood to fumble on the Wolves’ second possession. Set up on Westside’s 19-yard line, the Titans scored quickly on a 10-yard run by Kameron Martin, the first of his two touchdowns.
Westside mishandled the ensuing kickoff and it was recovered by the Titans’ Mark Taylor to put Memorial on the 17-yard line. Corey Dauphine scored on a one-yard run four plays later to put the Titans up 14-0 just seven and a half minutes into the game.
Near the end of the first quarter, Port Arthur Memorial forced another turnover when DeMonte Thomas pulled down an interception at Titans’ goal line, the first of his two picks. It did not take long for the Titans to fall into their usual routine, however, as Westside immediately forced a fumble and recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown.
Midway through the second quarter, leading 14-6, Haywood threw his second interception in four attempts, and this time it was returned 61-yards by CJ Levine. That set up a 10-yard touchdown run for Corey Dauphine.