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.
After exchanging three-and-outs, Westside got ball with 1:11 to go on in the second quarter and took only two plays to go 39 yards. The Wolves scored on a nine-yard run by Haywood to bring the score to 21-13 with 29 seconds to go in the half.
That was more than enough time for the Titans, who used a 36-yard kick return to set up a 38-yard touchdown throw from quarterback Tayylor Labrie to Albert Jacobs. Port Arthur Memorial then reached the end zone on its first three possessions after half time, including back-to-back 38-yard touchdown runs.
“I told them during halftime that it was nothing Westside was doing to us,” Harrison said. “We had a lot of positives things happen tonight. We just have to eliminate mistakes.”
Westside scored again on a 58-yard catch-and-run by receiver Bobby Harzog, but it was too little and too late.
Memorial, emphasizing the running game, completed only five passes. The Titans, as Harrison wanted them to do, dominated on the ground, gaining 222 rushing yards. Martin lead the Titans with 100 yards on 12 carries, including two scores, while Dauphine added 65 yards and two touchdowns.
Labrie finished with 102 total yards and a passing touchdown, and Jacobs was his main target with four catches for 57 yards.
Haywood led the Wolves with 90 rushing yards and 173 yards passing, but was just 13-for-33 with three interceptions. Westside senior receiver Frank Iheanacho, who has committed to Kansas, had five catches for 62 yards.
Memorial returns home next Friday to host Houston Bellaire.
PA MEMORIAL 49, Houston Westside 20
PA Memorial 14 14 21 0 — 49
Westside 6 7 7 0 — 20
PAM — Martin 10 run (Estupinan kick)
PAM — Dauphine 1 run (Estupinan kick)
WES — Colemn 4 fumble return (kick miss)
PAM — Dauphine 10 run (Estupinan kick)
WES — Haywood 9 run (Walker kick)
PAM — Jacobs 38 pass from LaBrie (Estupinan kick)
PAM — Dauphine 38 run (Estupinan kick)
PAM — Martin 38 run (Estupinan kick)
PAM — Howard 7 run (Estupinan kick)
WES — Hartzog 58 pass from Haywood (Walker kick)
First Downs 16 15
Rushes-yards 33-222 31-98
Passing Yards 69 187
Total Yards 291 285
Passes 5-15-0 14-36-3
Fumbles-Lost 3-2 2-1
Punts/avg. 4-36.5 5-19.7
Penalties 4-35 5-25
Rushing — PAM: Kameron Martin 12-100, Corey Dauphine 5-65, Tayylor Labrie 9-33, Ransom Howard 7-24; WES: Michael Haywood 18-90, Loren Easily 4-9, Jacob Guittierez 4-4, Nathan Drury 2-(-5).
Passing — PAM: Labrie 5-15-0-69; WES: Haywood 13-3-3-173, Drury 1-3-0-14.
Receiving — PAM: Albert Jacobs 4-57, Travon McClain 1-12; Bobby Hartzog 6-121, Frank Iheanacho 5-62, Lawrence Emanuel 1-(-3), Chris Aleman 1-7