PORT ARTHUR —
BEAUMONT — If a fan goes by the rosters, expect a lot of yards and points tonight at the Thomas Center.
Teams from east and west Southeast Texas square off at 7 p.m. in a showdown of some of the area’s best talent.
Port Neches-Groves coach Brandon Faircloth said he took one look at his east roster and grinned over the explosive players he saw on the list.
Guys like Little Cypress-Mauriceville’s Dalton Doyle, Port Arthur Memorial’s Torian Lott and Albert Jacobs and PN-G’s Jeremiah Rose alone make one heck of a unit. Faircloth has the luxury of also giving guys like Central’s Damon Thomas, Deweyville’s Cody Dupuy, Orangefield’s Carl Wiley and Vidor’s Sage Smith a chance to earn MVP status.
“There are a lot of weapons on this team,” Faircloth said. “That is the very first thing I noticed. Those types of players are real fun to coach and these guys are great kids.”
The East squad will have a duo of quarterbacks to get the ball in the hands of the speedy receivers and running backs. Nederland’s Preston White was named to the team after Silsbee’s Patrick Reed had to withdraw. Faircloth will also put Orange Community Christian’s Tyler Dixson under center.
Dixson’s career has been spent playing six-man football with the Lions. Saturday will be a whole different ball game when he steps on the field.
“He has done well so far,” Faircloth said. “It is a huge change for him obviously. He has done a good job. The one real big eye opener was when he stepped on the field for the first practice and there was so many players on the field.”
One guy Faircloth will be comfortable getting the ball to will be Rose. Rose ended his PN-G career as the team’s all-time receptions leader with 143 career catches. Rose, who will play college ball at Southeastern Louisiana, said Saturday’s game will be bittersweet as it will bring an end to his high school career.
“I am really excited to once again play with some of my teammates,” Rose said. “I wish even more of my PN-G teammates could have made the team because it is a special event to be a part of. It is also exciting to be able to play with guys from my high school opponents. It was weird early in the week during practice when Preston was throwing me passes. Now it is starting to be natural and we are both working towards the same thing.”
Jacobs brings speed and steady hands to the East team. He was second on the Titans team with 44 catches for 598 yards.
Jacobs said he and Rose were once teammates in Pop Warner back in their younger days.
“It will be real good to see exactly how good he is now,” Jacobs said.
One thing Jacobs has had to done since being named to the team is try to get back in football shape.
“I’ve been in shape but I definitely needed to pick it up,” Jacobs said. “We are expecting to put on a show for the fans. I want to go out there and do good things for Memorial and for the city of Port Arthur. I want to represent my family and friends.”
Jacobs added his prepartion for this game has not changed because he has one goal when playing football, “I catch the ball.”
Faircloth knows as talented as the East team is, the West also has a roster filled with all stars.
“We always enjoy the opportunity to play against teams like Crosby, Barbers Hill and CE King,” he said. “To get a second chance against those teams is always a good thing. We are excited about the challenge. It is an all-star game so both teams are going to have players of top notch talent. It will be exciting.”
Locals on east roster
Cole Brown, Nederland
Preston White, Nederland
Beau Stewart, Nederland
Jeremiah Rose, PN-G
Chris Mangini, PN-G
Allan Soriano, PN-G
Bradley Broussard, PN-G
Torian Lott, Memorial
Albert Jacobs, Memorial
Meldrick Matthews, Memorial
Dante Lovilotte, Memorial
Jacob Hryhorchuk, WO-S
Tomarcus Fontenot, WO-S
Elijah Teel, WO-S
Ashton Hunter, Bridge City
Carl Wiley, Orangefield