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Hard work all season pays off for Blake Bost – The News’ Player of the Week

LOCAL BI-DISTRICT ROUND GAMES

5A Division I

Memorial (5-5, fourth in 9-5A-I) vs. Shadow Creek (10-0, 10-5A-I champion), 7 p.m. Friday at Freedom Field, 10855 Iowa Colony Blvd., Rosharon

5A Division II

Nederland (4-6, fourth in 12-5A-II) vs. Manvel (10-0, 11-5A-II champion), 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Freedom Field, 10855 Iowa Colony Blvd., Rosharon

PNG (7-3, third in 12-5A-II) vs. Fort Bend Marshall (9-1, second in 11-5A-II), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Ken Hall Stadium, 3333 Hurricane Lane, Missouri City

What does it take to win with a schedule of competitive District 12-5A-II teams and win against a competitive rival in the biggest game of the season?

Part of it is not letting the pressure get to you and having trust.

“I don’t try to feel the pressure,” junior Port Neches-Groves quarterback Blake Bost said. “I know my teammates got me and my coaches got me, and I trust them and trust my abilities.”

He did trust them. He trusted receivers Kaleb Wuenschel and Peyton Proenza, to catch passes of more than 30 yards to make three of the Indians’ touchdowns against the Nederland Bulldogs on Friday at the Bum Phillips Bowl in Bulldog Stadium. He trusted the PNG defense to hold the Bulldogs back. That trust got the Indians a 27-21 win in the last game of the regular season.

For his and the team’s accomplishments, Bost is named The Port Arthur News’ Player of the Week for Week 11.

Head coach Brian Faircloth was proud of Bost and the Indians for their performance.

“He made some amazing plays the other night,” Faircloth said. “He made some amazing throws. In a big moment like that I was extremely happy for him and our team.”

Bost believes his team had a great season this year from the hard work everyone put in.

“I think we’ve done really well. We’ve had great games on both sides of the ball, offense and defense,” he said. “I think it’s just been an overall great year.”

Bost certainly has had himself a great year. He went 15 of 21 for 208 passing yards on Friday, 13 more yards than his Nederland counterpart, senior quarterback Bryce McMorris. He still has passed more than every other quarterback in 12-5A-II, making 179 completions on 309 throws for 1,857 passing yards. Bost has also gotten 14 touchdowns from those completions.

He’s tied with Nederland junior Josh Mazyck and Baytown Lee senior Ijenea Wooley for number of rushing touchdowns, though both Mazyck and Wooley have more than 50 more carries than Bost for the season.

All this is evidence that Bost has done what PNG counts on to succeed — hard work.

“Since he was in seventh grade he’s been a quarterback,” Faircloth said. “Following after Roschon Johnson, who worked really hard, Blake’s done the same. The only way we know how to go about things is through hard work over here. He works hard, he puts in extra time, he studies film, he dedicated himself to being the best quarterback he can be, and it’s paid off for him and our team.”

For the short time he’s allowed, Bost says that of course it felt good to get the win for PNG over Nederland in the fashion that they did, but it’s already time to look ahead and prepare to continue the season in the playoffs against Fort Bend Marshall (9-1, second in 11-5A-II) at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Missouri City.

“We feel pretty confident,” Bost said. “They’re a really good team but if we click on both sides of the ball I think we have a great shot.”

Other big performances of the week in Mid- and South County from Week 11:

  • Senior Peyton Proenza made two of PNG’s touchdowns from 40-yard and 36-yard catches. He totaled 88 yards on five catches.
  • Senior Zane Hernandez had 15 catches for 137 yards.
  • For Nederland, senior quarterback Bryce McMorris crossed the 2,000 total passing yards threshold for the season. He went 13 of 21 for 195 yards and one touchdown on Friday.
  • Junior Josh Mazyck had 26 carries for Nederland on Friday totaling 141 yards, along with a touchdown.
  • Junior Rene Cunningham had three catches for 76 yards, along with the fourth quarter touchdown that put Nederland in striking distance of PNG.
  • In Memorial’s 56-14 win over Houston Austin, sophomore Adrian Hayward rushed eight times for 145 yards and three touchdowns, and also had a 58-yard touchdown reception.
  • Sophomore quarterback Jah’mar Sanders had two touchdowns, both from 32-yard runs. He also went 4 of 9 for 133 passing yards.