Friday, September 9, 2016

La Porte takes down Clear Brook in a 17 hour game

La Porte defeated Clear Brook last Friday in a game that spanned 2 days.  With Clear Brook up 7-0 and almost 3 minutes left in the 1st quarter a lightning storm came close to the stadium for a couple hours causing the game to be postponed and delayed til 1030 Saturday.  Clear Brook had dominated the first 9 minutes of action Friday night.

Saturday started with a totally different La Porte mindset and much better execution.  Senior Quarterback Austin Upshaw rallied the Dogs beginning on the first play of the 2nd quarter with a 21 yard pass to Junior Trent Ormsbee, followed by two more touchdowns.  Upshaw would find the corner for a 32 yard touchdown run, then just before halftime Upshaw found Senior Kevrin Busby for a dazzling 42 yard touchdown pass with jukes and broken tackles.  La Porte lead 21-7 at halftime.

The defense, lead by Senior Terrel Bernard, had many key stops in a row to get La Porte back into the game and out to a commanding lead.

Busby would add a 19 yard run in the 3rd quarter to give the Bulldogs a 3 touchdown advantage.

Clear Brook scored a couple times with the help of a onside kick, but too little too late.  La Porte held on 28-20.

La Porte Loss to Atascocita 34-23

La Porte started out slow and Atascocita's high powered offense scored enough to pull out the victory.  Both teams had sloppy performances, but a good learning experience.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Final La Porte 31 Port Arthur Memorial 24

The La Porte Bulldogs faced off against Port Arthur Memorial Titans in their annual tilt this past Friday and the emotions ran high as they always do in this rivalry. This game has been decided by 7 points or less for the last few seasons.

A somber beginning to the game, as Port Arthur Offensive line coach John Clayton Jr passed away the previous weekend.  A ceremony including a helicopter landing at midfield took place before the game.  Prayers go out to the Port Arthur family and friends, players and coaches.

The Titans were understandably fired up to start the game, but La Porte made some key plays on their opening drive including a big 3rd down conversion from Junior Quarterback Austin Upshaw to Junior Wide Receiver Damian Phillips keeping the drive alive.  From there the Bulldogs two big running backs, Senior Nathan Redd and Junior Cobra Jones, would reel off big runs into Port Arthur territory.  Redd capped the drive finding a big hole on the right side to open the scoring with a one yard run and a 7-0 La Porte lead.

A short kickoff and Memorial wasted little time. Their first play from scrimmage was a wide receiver screen and a untouched 51 yard touchdown pass.  The game was quickly tied at 7 in the 1st quarter.

The teams traded punts and Memorial would put the pressure on La Porte going to the end of the 1st quarter.  The Bulldogs fumbled on a run up the middle near midfield.  Memorial completed a pass with a diving catch to the La Porte 10 yard line. Penalties gave the Titans extra tries and Senior running back Kameron Martin punched in a 5 yard score to put Memorial ahead 14-7 at the end of the 1st.

The two teams traded turnovers to start the second quarter.  La Porte's Senior Cornerback Vincent Chachere picked off his 5th interception of the season, but the Bulldogs fumbled it away again.  The teams traded punts and Port Arthur had a fourth and 1 at their own 28 yard line.  This would change all of the momentum as La Porte came up with the stop on a incomplete pass and took over deep in Port Arthur territory.  Another big 3rd down Upshaw to Phillips pass would set up a Junior Terrel Bernard three yard touchdown run and a even 14-14 score with three minutes remaining in the half.

La Porte's Darkside defense lead by Senior Defensive End Eric Kendzior and Bernard forced a big three and out, Senior Linebacker Keshun Wells had two big tackles on run plays. La Porte would wind the clock down and Junior Kicker Foster Hillborn would connect on a huge 47 yard field goal as time expired.  La Porte lead 17-14 at halftime.

The third quarter started with the Titans receiving and going on to kick a 24 yard field goal to tie the game at 17.  Then the Bulldogs and Nathan Redd took over.

La Porte moved the ball down the field and Redd, who had 128 yards rushing on the night, scored on a eight yard run giving the Bulldogs a 24-17 lead.

The next play for Memorial was a big interception from La Porte's Terrel Bernard who flashed to the ball in underneath coverage and returned the pick to the 11 yard line.

Two plays later Redd was running through a huge hole created by the big offensive line and scoring his third touchdown of the game, a five yard run.  La Porte now lead 31-17 at the end of the third.

Port Arthur went on a furious comeback attempt, using a 14 play drive and scoring on a 11 yard scrambling run to cut the deficit to one score 31-24 La Porte.

A wild sequence of events would ensue.  La Porte would be forced to punt from midfield and down the ball at the Memorial six yard line.  With a 3rd down at their own nine yard line, Memorial's Kameron Martin shot through a hole in the middle and cut down the sidelines.  The running back seemingly would score the game tying touchdown, however La Porte Senior Linebacker Xavian Henry made what would be a game winning tackle at the one yard line and forcing Port Arthur to get the touchdown the hard way with 4:30 left in the game.  The Titans fumbled the exchange on the next play and La Porte Junior Logan Nichols recovered.

From there La Porte had no trouble running out the clock as the running game pounded the ball for two first downs and ended the game with a La Porte 31-24 victory.

La Porte moves to 6-1 on the season and 3-0 in district play.  This week is homecoming and La Porte will have a big test with Beaumont West Brook (6-2, 3-1) coming to town.  This game will possibly determine playoff positioning and is the biggest game of the year for the Bulldogs.  Hope everyone comes out to enjoy this really good La Porte team!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Final La Porte 41 Baytown Sterling 19

Written by Orange and White reporter Jonathan Perez

A week removed from a win in the Border Battle against arch-rival Deer Park, the Bulldogs returned home on a gorgeous Friday evening to face an old rival, the Baytown Sterling Rangers, in what has been dubbed the “Bridge Battle”, as the two cities are linked by the Fred Hartman bridge. The Bulldogs were looking to avenge last years 27-16 defeat, and once again there was a media spotlight on this rivalry game. 

The fireworks started early, as Sterling tried an onside kick on the opening kickoff, but it was recovered by La Porte. The Ranger defense stepped up and stopped La Porte, but just as he did last week, Sergio Calvillo made another great punt that put the Rangers on the 9 yard line. Soon after, the Dark Side Defense struck, as Sterling quarterback had the ball ripped out of his hand and Terrel Bernard returned the ball for a seven yard touchdown at the 9:18 mark in the 1st quarter. 

However, the Rangers would retaliate quickly. A long catch and run by the Rangers would put the ball on the La Porte 9 yard line. The defense locked down on the next to plays, but on 3rd down the Rangers struck, as the receiver on the screen pass would break several tackles and score from 13 yards out, evening the score at 7 with 5:22 in the 1st quarter.

Surprisingly, the Rangers would attempt another onside kick (the second of many) but to no avail, and the Bulldog running game would go to work, methodically moving the ball down the field. Runs by Austin Upshaw, Cobra Jones, and Nathan Redd, who converted a 4th and 2, would put the Bulldogs on the goal line, and Upshaw would sneak in to put the Bulldogs up 14-7 at the end of the 1st quarter.

The second quarter would begin with La Porte forcing Sterling to punt, with Eric Kendzior leading the way.  La Porte would begin their drive at their own 19. Again, the offensive line would take over as big runs by Cobra Jones and Austin Upshaw marched the Bulldogs up the field. The drive would finish at with 10:01 mark with Upshaw keeping the ball for a 19 yard touchdown, bringing the score to 21-7.

The defense would force another punt, with Kendzior getting another tackle for loss, and La Porte would take over again. The Bulldogs would take to the air more on this drive, and had a nice drive but lost a fumble at the Baytown 22 yard line. 

The Dark Side defense was still angry at the first touchdown, and once again suffocated the Sterling offense. La Porte would start another drive, with nice plays made by Damian Phillips and Nathan Redd would move the Bulldogs to the goal line again, where Austin Upshaw would again sneak in for another touchdown, making it 28-7, and the route was on! 

The relentless Bulldog defense would force another punt, giving La Porte another possession before the end of the half, and Nathan Redd would break ankles as he had a huge run and another great pass and catch from Upshaw to Damian Philips would bring the Bulldogs to the 8 yard line, and with time winding down in the first half Foster Hillborn hit a 22 yard field goal to bring the score to 31-7.

The second half began with fireworks as the Bulldog defense picked off a pass deep in Baytown territory, and the Bulldogs would run it in to make it 38-7. But on the ensuing kickoff the Baytown return man would take the ball 100 yards for a touchdown, bringing the score to 38-13 before the crowd could even settle into their seats. 

The Bulldogs would stop Sterling on the two point conversion, and then Sterling would attempt another onside kick that failed as the Baytown coaching staff was flagged for a delay game, as the weren’t obeying the refs and getting out of the restricted area. La Porte would take over at the Baytown 41 yard line, but this time they would have to settle for a 39 yard field goal by Hillborn to make it 41-13 with 5:44 left in the 3rd quarter. 

The two teams would trade possessions, which included the Bulldogs stopping the Rangers on 4th down. Nothing would come from the ensuing drive for La Porte, and on the next possession the Rangers would score a 37 yard touchdown on a screen pass to make it 41-19, with the Bulldog defense again holding off a two point conversion with about 10 minutes left in the game, but it was too little, too late for the Rangers. La Porte put in the second string, and the Rangers were unable to muster any more offense as the final whistle blew with the final score being 41-19, a dominant victory for the Bulldogs. 

La Porte will get some much-needed rest this Friday as they have a bye week, and will return to action Oct. 16th in Port Arthur, as they play district foe, the Port Arthur Memorial Titans. Gas up your vehicles, Bulldog fans, and be ready to enjoy the sausage, boudin balls, and great La Porte football on the 16th