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FOOTBALL: Night of new faces: Augusta’s four TDs lead Titans’ blowout

Memorial 68, Wisdom 0

Memorial running back Tyrence Augusta takes a handoff from quarterback Brian Milton against Wisdom on Friday. (Jereem Augustine/Special to The News)

Memorial’s Tyrence Augusta (16) outruns Wisdom’s Wendell Washington for the second touchdown of the night. (Jereem Augustine/Special to The News)

Memorial defensive lineman Lazarus May rushes a pass from Wisdom’s Farhan Tanvir on Friday night in Port Arthur. (Jereem Augustine/Special to The News)

The JaVontae’ Hopkins show did not end in Humble.

Almost a week after the Memorial senior rushed for a career-high 217 yards and three touchdowns against Kingwood Park, he returned a punt 55 yards for the opening score with ease and rushed for another touchdown Friday in a 68-0 rout of Houston Wisdom on the Titans’ senior night.

“We’ve just got to go out and dominate every team,” Hopkins said. “It might look easy, but we’ve got to do it.”

This night wasn’t just for the seniors to shine.

Sophomore Tyrence Augusta help put the game away fairly early for the Titans (8-1, 5-1 in District 9-5A Division I) with four touchdowns and 159 yards on seven carries.

Hopkins’ rushing touchdown was his only carry of the night. He started for injured sophomore Branden Chaney, and Augusta started to make a name for himself.

“Our seniors needed to go out and take care of business early to let the younger guys play, and you’ve got to coach the young guys up,” Titans coach Brian Morgan said.

The young guys delivered.

Freshman Adrian Heyward picked off a pass and returned it 29 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Classmates Jhamar Sanders (8-yard run) and Kendrick Sam (5-yard run) also rushed for touchdowns.

Memorial finished the game with 286 total yards on 20 offensive plays for the whole game. A running clock was used from the late in the first quarter to the final whistle, as the game wrapped up before 9 p.m.


Good night for defense

Memorial recorded its first shutout of the season, and did so with big defensive plays.

Jatavian Neal and Jaylen LaPoint each intercepted a pass, as the Titans finished with three picks. The Titans also pounced on three Generals fumbles.

A Generals punt was blocked into the end zone, where Lazarus May recovered in the second quarter.


The game changed when …

Hopkins took back his punt return for a touchdown. Wisdom (1-8, 0-6) never gained any significant momentum and was held without a first down before halftime. The Generals had three first downs in the second half.

If things didn’t seem to get any worse for the Generals, their final play of the game resulted in their third lost fumble of the night … just as they had earned a first down on a carry.


The game ball goes to …

Augusta for his breakout game.


Next up …

Memorial can wrap up the second seed from 9-5A-I with a win against Houston Austin at Delmar Stadium next Friday. Wisdom, which has lost six straight, will host Galena Park to finish the season. Kickoff time for both games is 7 p.m.

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Titans 68, Generals 0

Wisdom        0          0          0          0          —        0

Memorial      34       14       7          13       —        68


First quarter

Memorial — JaVontae’ Hopkins 55 punt return (kick failed), 9:55

Memorial — Hopkins 15 run (Brian Galvan kick), 8:38

Memorial — Tyrence Augusta 60 run (Galvan kick), 7:14

Memorial — Augusta 39 run (Galvan kick), 1:58

Memorial — Augusta 23 run (Galvan kick), 1:44

Second quarter

Memorial — Lazarus May blocked kick recovery in end zone (Galvan kick), 9:30

Memorial — Augusta 56 run (Galvan kick), 4:00

Third quarter

Memorial — Jhamar Sanders 8 run (Galvan kick), 5:59

Fourth quarter

Memorial — Adrian Heyward 29 interception return (Galvan kick), 8:35

Memorial — Kendrick Sam 5 run (Galven kick), 3:00


Wis     Mem

First downs                3          8

Rushes-yards             -31      263

Passing yards             -3        23

Total yards                 -34      286

Comp-Att-Int             4-17-3            1-1-0

Fumbles-lost              3-3      0-0

Penalties-yards         2-10    3-40


Individual statistics

RUSHING — Wisdom: Mohamed Kabre 1-10, Vosean Clark 1-2, Wendell Washington 2-1, Keith O’Neil 1-1, Farhan Tanvir 2-(-1), Angel Alvarado 1-(-4), Team 2-(-11). Memorial: Augusta 7-159, Hopkins 1-15, Jayven Jean-Louis 2-5, Pierre Bynum 1-(-11).

PASSING — Wisdom: O’Neil 2-10-3, -4; Farhan Tanvir 2-7-0, 1. Memorial: Brian Milton 1-1-0, 23.

RECEIVING — Wisdom: Terelle Porter 3-0, John Rai 1-(-3). Memorial: Tavian Gipson 1-23.

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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