, Port Arthur, Texas


December 4, 2012

'Dogs offense has come full circle



Installing the new playbook didn’t happen overnight. Even though the offense was run before, the players currently on the team had never run it. That meant the coaches had to adapt the language they used with the spread to what they were doing with the new I-form.

That has caused a few harmless hiccups from time to time.

“I called a play two weeks ago that was how we used to call it,” Barrow said. “It was the same play. Coach (Brian) Spell didn’t catch it, because that’s how we used to do it. In our two-back system, when we went to exclusively spread, we changed all our terminology. When we went back, we didn’t change the terminology, because we didn’t want to confuse us. It was harder on us (coaches) than the kids.”

The offense Nederland is running is also not entirely its old look. Barrow and the rest of the coaching staff have strived to take the best things about the spread and use it in this new set, along with the new formations.

That also means keeping the ability for Raines and the offense to check with the sideline for audibles based on how the defense lines up.

“That was the number one thing we said when we went back to this offense,” Barrow said. “We didn’t want to handcuff ourselves just because we’re going back to the line of scrimmage and maybe see what the defense is doing. That’s something you think more of in the spread, but it’s been a big piece for us.”

BULLDOG BITES: Controversy only matters when a team loses, usually. But, Dawson’s final play of regulation had lots of questions about it from fans. The Nederland coaches didn’t see anything illegal about the substitution bringing a kicker onto the field. But, the illegal shift penalty being a dead ball foul was news to Neumann. It all has to do with whether a team has huddled or not before the penalty. If the offense breaks the huddle, goes to the line and has an illegal shift called, it’s a live ball foul, meaning the play that follows the shift can stand if the opposing coach declines the penalty. If the team does not huddle, though, the shift results in a dead ball foul, meaning the resulting play didn’t happen. … Nederland had a few first against Dawson in the box score. First, it was the first time all season that the Bulldogs failed to rush for at least 100 yards in a game. Nederland rushed for 82 yards against Dawson. Its previous low was 111 yards against Vidor in Week 4. Dawson’s 382 yards of offense was the most Nederland’s defense has allowed all season. However, Dawson ended up rushing for just 3.81 yards per carry. There were five times this season that Nederland allowed more yards per carry. …The Bulldogs did pass a threshold with the 22 points they scored against Dawson. Nederland now has 400 points this season. It’s the first time since 2004 they’ve hit that mark and just the seventh time in school history. The school record is 480 points scored in 1999, when the Bulldogs went 11-2.

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  • 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.
    (To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at or watch him on “God’ Outdoors with Chester Moore” Saturdays at 10 a.m. on

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