PNG REPORT: Indians dealing with early-season injuries

PORT NECHES — The Port Neches-Groves Indians are banged up.
PNG lost two seniors to ACL injuries over the summer, fullback Jace Runnels and linebacker Parker Shults.
Runnels and Shults are lost for the season.
“We had some very unfortunate injuries over the summer,” Faircloth said. “Jace was an all-district player at two positions. He was all-district at fullback and tight end. Shults was going to be a starter at linebacker.”
Faircloth and the Indians hit the field at about 5:30 a.m. Monday without the duo and also had starting center Justice Langston in street clothes.
Langston had an emergency appendectomy last week and is expected to miss several more weeks after the surgery.
“We hope to have him back in time for Silsbee,” Faircloth said. The Indians host the Tigers at 7 p.m. Aug. 26. “Those are three important guys right there. You hate to see it because they are all really good kids. Both Parker and Jace really worked hard for their senior years. Life can be unfair sometimes.”
Faircloth said Runnels and Shults now have a new, important role with PNG after both were seen at practice Monday.
“They will be there everyday,” Faircloth said. “They are still a huge part of this football team. Jace today was out there coaching the running backs up. They are going to be outstanding student-coaches this year.”
Junior Preston Hughes is slated to be the Indians starting running back. The Indians get some help at linebacker with Logan Lejeune moving in from safety.
PNG’s offense line is also dealing with the loss of Jim Hauck whose family moved since last football season. Hauck was an honorable mention selection to the Texas Sports Writers Assocation’s Class 5A All-State team.
Faircloth reported Monday sophomore Roschon Johnson is the Indians starting quarterback.
“Austin Bost did not lose a competition with Roschon,” Faircloth said. “We had to make a decision what was best for our entire football team. Bost can play so many positions. He is going to be our starting safety and is on both kickoff teams. Austin is so valuable to us at other positions.”
Johnson flashed a great arm Monday and several of his teammates said he is one of the hardest worker players they have seen.
“He is a great leader,” Faircloth said. “Both of those guys are going to do what is best for our football team. Those are the types of players you can win a lot of games with.”
Johnson has the task of replacing two-year starter Adam Morse. Morse threw for 2,748 yards and 36 touchdowns in 2015.

Gabriel Pruett: 721-2436. Twitter: @PaNewsGabe

Columns

HEALTHY LIVING — What to be concerned with that lingering cough

Local

Port Neches homes set for demolition after numerous violations, safety concerns

Local

Russell Buss hits milestone with special blood donation

Local

Carjacking Task Force targeting violent crime in Southeast Texas

Local

Port Arthur students excel at Top Teens of America event

Local

PHOTO FEATURE — Memorial sophomore excels in prose interpretation

Local

RELIGION BRIEF — God 1st Missionary Baptist celebrating pastor’s anniversary

Local

PHOTO FEATURE — Criticism Team comes up extra positive

Local

PHOTO FEATURE — Taking in the Symphony

Local

Dr. Avila Arcala left mark on Port Arthur and beyond; service planned Saturday

Local

Port Arthur ISD support center renovation full go; district leaders outline plans and timeline

Local

U.S. Navy for Port Arthur’s Hyleta Floyd is about service and family

Local

FIT BODY BOOT CAMP PUMPS UP VOLUME — Fitness goals via a welcoming environment is the mission

Local

Jury sentences Port Arthur man week after he was found guilty in Beaumont killing

Local

Port Arthur Police say arrests coming following shooting of 16-year-old local girl

Local

National Weather Service outlines heavy rain concern for Southeast Texas

Local

Willie Mae Elmore, former Port Arthur ISD trustee, nurse educator, dies at 74

High School Sports

Port Neches-Groves’ Morgan Campbell setting school record pace en route to regionals

Local

Troop Industrial earns special Veteran-owned small business certification

Local

Port Arthur and Beaumont Rotary Clubs, 100 Black Men of Greater Beaumont gathering for Sleep in Heavenly Peace impact

Local

Authorities identify 21-year-old Nederland man killed in ATV crash

Groves

Stolen vehicle chase into Port Arthur and Groves leads to continued suspects search

Local

FAMILY TRADITION — Darlean’s Market and Café earns success, recognition

Local

Local man says he was poisoned when he threatened 2 people with hatchet