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Blake Bost settles in as Indians’ “No. 1 guy”

PNG (3-1, 1-0) AT VIDOR (2-1, 1-0)

12-5A-II FOOTBALL; 7:30 P.M. FRIDAY, IVAN CROAK FIELD, VIDOR; KCOL-FM 92.5

PORT NECHES — Blake Bost’s three-touchdown passing performance in Port Neches-Groves’ victory over Baytown Lee was a result of his maturation at quarterback.

“I think just getting reps,” said Indians head coach Brandon Faircloth, Bost’s quarterbacks coach. “Last year, he played on the varsity and did really well. It’s also a little different when you’re the No. 1 guy, and it’s all on your shoulders. Blake’s a very smart kid and learns from every rep.”

Speaking of repetition, Bost completed 24 of 37 passes for 263 yards, about two-thirds of the Indians’ total yardage in a 31-14 win. The junior set season highs in passing attempts, yardage and touchdowns.

Bost wasn’t immediately available after practice ended slightly earlier than usual Wednesday afternoon, but Faircloth said he believes the relationship Bost developed with now-University of Texas running back Roschon Johnson accelerated Bost’s progress in learning the Indians’ offense. Johnson was named district player of the year all three seasons as PNG quarterback (2016-18).

“Blake was on the varsity and got to play quite a few games,” Faircloth said. “He was at practice with Roschon Johnson every single day. I think that speeds it up. He’s with Roschon every day. He learns every day, and he also gets to go in and play some varsity football games. So, when it’s your time to play and already be the starter, you already bring experience to the table, and I think that’s been really important for Blake.”

The Indians (3-1, 1-0 in 12-5A-II) are just one tough half of football at Huntsville away from being unbeaten. Bost is a big reason why the Indians nearly average 30 points per game, his 763 passing yards (68 for 119) trailing only Lee senior Ijenea Wooley’s 830.

Wooley has 13 touchdowns to Bost’s six, but Bost can claim the head-to-head victory.

“Practice has been really important to him, and you can see his play every game has gotten better and better and better,” Faircloth said of Bost. “He’s gotten the ball out of his hands faster. He moves in the pocket faster. The more you play, the better you get. He’s had a great season so far, and we’re looking forward to Friday night.”

Bost’s offense will have to outdo Vidor’s run-happy, Wing-T system, which boasts the leading rusher in 12-5A-II, senior Brad Nunez (410 yards, five touchdowns). As long as neither he nor the Indians turn over the football, Faircloth thinks all will be well on the road.

He already knows Bost, who has thrown only two interceptions, values the rock well.

“He’s always been an athletic kid. He’ll tuck the ball and run with it,” Faircloth said. “He’s always done a great job, and one thing he’s done a great job of is protecting the football. He’s protected the football. He hasn’t made too many poor choices with the football and has gotten them to his teammates or thrown it away and has made really good decisions. I am proud of him.”

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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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