Nederland City Council commemorates Bum Phillips Bowl win with Christmastime salute

Published 12:41 am Tuesday, December 21, 2021

NEDERLAND — Christmas season is also football season when it comes to Mid County Madness.

On Monday, Nederland City Council members voted unanimously to honor the Nederland High School football team following the Bulldogs’ 38-28 victory over Port Neches-Groves High School in the 2021 Bum Phillips Bowl.

The Dec. 20, 2021 recognition also highlighted the high school band, cheerleaders, Golden Guardians and Westernaires.

Pictured are City Councilman Billy Neal, coach Monte Barrow, football players Jaice Beck, Slade Stoker, Holden Craver, Steven Bourgeois, Luke Broussard, Michael Marshall and Kyndon Fuselier, along with Mayor Don Albanese. (Stephen Hemelt/The News)

Mayor Don Albanese said the city was extremely proud of the players, coaches and support staff.

“Today, guys, this is your day,” Albanese told eight seniors who attended Monday’s city council meeting.

Talmadge Austin, Ward 1 representative and mayor pro tem, joked with coach Monte Barrow, “you don’t know how good, how easy it makes going back to work after that Friday night game when these guys did what they did. It makes it real easy. Thank y’all. Appreciate it.”

Barrow said it was extra sweet for the seniors to go out with a Bum Phillips Bowl victory.

Football players present to accept the city council honor this week included Kyndon Fuselier, Michael Marshall, Luke Broussard, Steven Bourgeois, Holden Craver, Slade Stoker and Jaice Beck.

Barrow said many of the players deservedly earned all district and all state recognitions.

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