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A tweet to prove the distinction of Mid-County Madness

Want another example as to why Mid-County Madness is so special to our area?

Barely 12 hours after his Port Neches-Groves Indians had lost to his rival Nederland Bulldogs, Tribe quarterback Adam Morse was on Twitter and sending a shout out to Austin Krautz. Krautz picked up an offer from Lamar University after Friday’s Bum Phillips Bowl and Morse sent the following tweet “Congrats to my man @austin_krautz on the offer. Big future man.”

Morse, who is committed to Lamar, and the Indians lost to Krautz and the Bulldogs, 30-27, and this single tweet shows exactly why this rivalry is so distinct. Congratulations to Krautz on the offer and kudos to both young men for proving yet again that Mid-County Madness is the top rivalry in all of Texas. …

As far as the game goes, what can you say besides “great job” by both teams? Both teams should be extra proud today for the show they put on for everyone in attendance and who watched the game’s replay on Time Warner Sports.

Nederland coach Larry Neumann preaches every year his team expects it to come down to the last play, and again it was the Bulldogs who won the last part of the contest. It was a thrill ride from the start, and now we all have to wait a year for it to come around again as the Indians look to halt a now six-game losing skid to the Bulldogs. …

The 2015 season put together by the Houston Astros was both a major success and then a major letdown.

A.J. Hinch and his team put together a season nobody ever dreamed would happen after several years of disappointment. So, for this team to lead the AL West a majority of the year and then win the Wild Card round in New York against the Yankees was a complete 180 of epic proportions.

Then, the Astros split with the Kansas City Royals in KC before taking a 2-1 series lead in Houston before the downfall of Game 4 and finally Game 5. Even with Colby Rasmus swinging the hottest bat of October, the young Astros led by Carlos Correa, George Springer and Jose Altuve lost a 6-2 lead late in Game 4 and never recovered.

Throw in ace Dallas Keuchel, and the Astros are set up for the future, but it still stings this year knowing this team had its chances to win on the game’s biggest stage. …

It was such a shame last week to see the news of the season-ending injury to former Port Arthur Memorial star Jamaal Charles of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Charles is so beloved in both KC and Port Arthur by thousands of fans, and you hate to see one of the game’s best players go down so early in the year. Charles will rebound from this injury and come back even stronger, but for the Chiefs the rest of the year, Kansas City will struggle without its best player. …

A positive note out of Memorial is the news that former Titans great and NFL player Danny Gorrer is headed to Seattle for a tryout this week.

Gorrer has completed his rehab from ligament damage to his knee. He injured the knee while playing nickel back for the Baltimore Ravens in December 2014.

Gorrer has also seen time with the Detroit Lions and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He spent a lot of time early this season at Memorial High School working out with the current Titans.

We wish Gorrer the best at his attempt to play for the Seahawks. Southeast Texas football fans would be thrilled to watch Gorrer line up in the same secondary as West Orange-Stark’s Earl Thomas. …

Thanks for reading this week. It is always a pleasure to bring this column to you. Everyone have a great week.

Gabriel Pruett can be reached at 721-2436 or gabe.pruett@panews.com and can be followed on Twitter at @PANewsGabe.

About Gabriel Pruett

Gabriel Pruett has worked with both the Port Arthur News and Orange Leader since 2000. A majority of the time has been spent covering all aspects of Southeast Texas high school sports. Pruett's claim to fame is...being able to write his own biographical information for this website.

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