Indians win pool at 7-on-7 tournament
Published 7:11 pm Saturday, July 11, 2015
By Gabriel Pruett
The News Sports Writer
COLLEGE STATION – A center might not get much love at an offensive event like the state 7-on-7 state tournament yet Port Neches-Groves’ Justice Langsto had one of the best seats in the house Friday.
Langston and the Indians went 3-0 to win Pool P Friday to advance to Saturday’s winner’s bracket.
From his crouched over position Friday Langston saw some pretty athletic catches from PN-G receivers and on-target passes from quarterback Adam Morse.
“We played well today and hopefully that will continue tomorrow,” Langston said. “Caisen (Sullivan), Jack (Giblin) and Keynel (McZeal) all made great catches today.
“I have the best seat in the house. It is a great thing to be out here with these guys. It is special to play center for the Port Neches-Groves Indians. Those catches today were amazing and I can’t imagine what we will be like during the season. We will have so many big plays and explosive plays. Let’s hope they never stop.”
The catch-and-throw abilities from Morse to his entire receiving unit let to a 48-12 win over Plainview, a 34-33 victory over Pearland and a pool-clinching 37-33 win against Lake Dallas.
It was not just the offense on display for PN-G Friday. Anthony Anniboli, Trey Rembert, Bryce Meche and Logan LeJeune led a defense which made enough stops all day to give the offense extra possessions.
In the first game against Plainview, PN-G pulled off a rare shutout in the first half as the Indians led 22-0.
Anniboli later put a staple in the defensive effort with an interception for a touchdown.
Sullivan and his fellow receivers were the talk of the PN-G show with one-handed grabs, long bombs and diving scores for a touchdown.
“It feels great after going 0-3 last year in pool play,” Sullivan said. “We played our best. I am not surprised at those catches from the other guys and even myself. We do that all the time. Playing with a quarterback like Adam makes it so easy.”
Morse, who calls the offensive plays was pleased with his team’s effort.
“We focused better this year,” Morse said. “I throw the ball up to those guys and you just know they are coming down with the ball. It is a great feeling. I call Caisen ‘Sticky Hands.’ The drops from Keyneal from last year are completely out of my mind. He has great hands too.”