Friday, August 28, 2015

Final La Porte 49 Clear Brook 27

The La Porte Bulldogs started off the 2015 season with a bang Thursday night as they traveled to Veterans Stadium in Clear Lake to face the Clear Brook Wolverines.  La Porte dominated the first three quarters in route to a 49-27 victory.

The Bulldogs were facing the unknown as Clear Brook changed coaches and offensive systems in the offseason bringing in former Pearland Dawson Defensive Coordinator Mike Allison.

La Porte started the game receiving and got the ball to midfield before being forced to punt.  It took a series to get the jitters out, although the amount of penalties on holding and offsides calls will need to be fixed in the coming weeks.  Clear Brook took over and had their best drive of the night against the first team defense moving the ball 30 yards into LP territory.  However a bad exchange in the backfield put the ball on the ground and Junior Terrell Bernard was there to pounce on the ball for the Bulldogs.

La Porte made quick work on big runs from Senior Nathan Redd and Junior Cobra Jones.  Redd took a sweep on the 26 yard line around the left side down to the one yard line.  On the next play the ball slipped through the quarterback's hands, but Senior Fullback Jacob Edwards picked the ball up and plunged over the goaline for the first score of 2015.  Edwards had a big game for La Porte, leading the way with his blocking and catching a touchdown pass later in the game where he made all kinds of jukes and spins, he is not a small human.  La Porte lead 7-0 with 6:00 left in the 1st quarter.

The Bulldog defense would settle in nicely swarming to the ball over the next two quarters.  Senior Linebacker Eric Kendzior was seemingly unblockable, affecting three plays in a row on the next series.  Senior Safety Devohn White intercepted the third down throw to give the Bulldogs great field position.  Holding and offsides and delay of game penalties and a missed field goal would slow La Porte's progress.

On Clear Brook's next possession Bernard would come up with his second fumble recovery of the half  for the Bulldogs after a option pitch was mishandled.  This would lead us to the second quarter where LP Junior Quarterback Austin Upshaw would begin his touchdown assault with three touchdown runs inside the five yard line to close out the half.  La Porte lead at halftime 28-0.

The second half started with more great defense.  On third and long Clear Brook went deep over the middle where Senior Cornerback Vincent Chachere picked it off for the Bulldog's second interception of the game.  This lead to the aforementioned Edwards highlight reel play, catching the ball out of the backfield from Upshaw, juking, spinning and breaking tackles into the end zone.  This was the last play of the night for Upshaw as Senior Quarterback Seth Murray got in for some playing time with La Porte leading 35-0 with 9:54 left in the 3rd quarter.

Murray made the most of his time on the field finishing the game with 146 yards rushing and two scores including putting the Bulldogs up 42-0 with a five yard run on his first drive and scoring on a 34 yard run on the next drive.  La Porte lead 49-7 entering the 4th quarter.

Clear Brook would not let up, scoring three times in the fourth quarter to give their team hope for next week and the rest of the season by cutting the final score to 49-27.

La Porte will come home next Friday to face the Bellaire Cardinals at Bulldog Stadium.  Come out and see the new video board in all it's glory.  Bellaire will face Fort Bend Elkins tonight at Butler Stadium 7pm.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

First Game Thursday at Clear Brook

La Porte will travel to CCISD Stadium Thursday 8/27 at 7pm for their first game of the 2015 season.

Veterans Memorial Stadium
2305 East Main
League City, Texas 77573

Clear Brook comes into this game with a new coach (Mike Allison from Pearland Dawson) and a new offensive philosophy. For as long as I can remember Brook has run a ground offense with maybe 5 passes per game.  Now they mix the pass and run starting this season.

A new Sophomore QB Jaizac Garcia will lead the way for Clear Brook.  There will be some bumps in the road this season, but Coach Allison will put the Wolverines on the right track.

La Porte enters this season with returning quarterback, offensive line and running backs.  The experience will show as improvement over last year.  That will be scary as LP had a big season running the ball last year averaging 28 points per game.

The Bulldogs defense gave up 25 points per game and will have to improve this season.  The defensive line graduated, but a strong group of linebackers and two starting cornerbacks return.  This will be the key to the La Porte season.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

La Porte 2015 Schedule

Scrimmage 8/21 vs Pearland Dawson at the rig in Pearland 6pm
Week 1       8/27    (Thursday) La Porte at Clear Brook (CCISD) 7pm
Week 2       9/4      Bellaire at La Porte 7pm
Week 3       9/12    (Saturday) La Porte at Clear Springs (CCISD) 6pm
Week 4       9/18    Woodlands at La Porte 7pm
Week 5       9/25    La Porte at Deer Park 7pm
Week 6       10/2    Baytown Sterling at La Porte 7pm
Week 7       Bye week
Week 8       10/16  La Porte at Port Arthur 7pm
Week 9       10/23  Beaumont West Brook at La Porte 7pm
Week 10     10/30  La Porte at North Shore 7pm
Week 11     11/6    Channelview at La Porte 7pm

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

La Porte Stops High Flying Channelview Offense For Win In Regular Season Finale

The La Porte Bulldogs went into last Friday's game against the Channelview Falcons needing a win to secure the second seed out of district 21-6a.  Channelview came into the game needing a win to just get into the playoffs.  The Bulldogs flexed their muscle on defense holding the Falcon's offense to 20 points after they had averaged over 50 points a game on the season. La Porte's running game was enough to keep the defense well rested in a 36-20 victory.

The La Porte Darkside defense started and finished strong.  Channelview received the opening kick and three plays later Sophomore Linebacker Terrel Bernard came up with a diving interception on 3rd down.

The Bulldogs wasted little time, Senior Receiver David Terrebonne took a jet sweep to the right side and it was well blocked covering 36 yards inside the 10 yard line.  Sophomore Running Back Cobra Jones took the handoff up the middle on the next play running through five Channelview defenders and powering his way into the end zone.  La Porte lead 7-0 with 11:26 left in the 1st quarter.

Channelview appeared to start getting their offense on track, completing a 30 yard pass into La Porte territory, however another big play from La Porte's defense kept momentum on their side. With the ball on the La Porte 22 yard line Seniors Denaus Ferguson and Lane Pfieffer knocked the ball loose and Junior Vincent Chachere was there to jump on the loose ball, stopping the Falcon threat.  The Bulldogs seem to force a bunch of fumbles every week, but rarely get the ball to bounce their direction and this time it did.

The Falcons defense stepped up this time forcing a punt and scored their first touchdown of the game.  Junior Quarterback Jalen Hurts completed a fade to the back of the endzone putting Channelview on the board and tying it up 7-7 with 5:44 left in the 1st.

The Bulldogs provided some rest for the defense on their next possession.  A 13 play drive eating up over five and a half minutes resulting in Senior Kicker Ceasar Silva's first field goal of the game from 30 yards away.  La Porte regained the lead 10-7 to end the first quarter.

The game started to move back and forth quickly.  Channelview drove the field 70 yards in five plays showing the kind of offense they have produced this season.  Falcon Senior All-District Running Back Chris Jefferson ran the ball in from 16 yards out to give Channelview their first and only lead of the game 14-10 with 11:08 left in the first half.

The teams traded punts twice and La Porte took the ball at their own 31 yard line.  Bulldogs Sophomore Quarterback Austin Upshaw took over the game.  Channelview stacked the line of scrimmage, but could not contain the La Porte quarterback as he took the keeper up the middle and it parted like the red sea going 55 yards for the touchdown to put the Bulldogs in the lead going to halftime 17-14.

The second half started with the Bulldogs receiving the kickoff and scoring quick.  Upshaw ran for 17 yards, then connected on a pass to Senior Tight End Jaron Dykstra for 7 that included a 15 yard facemask penalty tacked on.  Upshaw did the rest with a convoy of Bulldog blockers around the right side running 22 yards for a touchdown and a 10 point lead.  Upshaw finished the night with 160 yards on the ground.

Channelview showed a little fight, scoring immediately on another Jefferson run, this time from 70 yards out.  It would be the last we heard out of the Falcons offense for the night as the Bulldogs defense and running game took it to the next level.  La Porte lead 24-20 with 10:03 left in the 3rd.

The second half featured La Porte Junior Running Back Nathan Redd getting a boatload of carries, running for 159 on 22 attempts and keeping the chains moving. The Bulldogs pounded the middle of the Falcons line behind Senior Tyler Boudreaux, Junior Logan Jackson and Sophomore Ryder Rae.

Senior Kicker Caeser Silva had a career night for the Bulldogs kicking two field goals from 26 and 25 yards to extend the La Porte's lead to 30-20 with 6:33 left in the game.

Redd would walk into the end zone for La Porte's final touchdown with 2:11 left and a 36-20 victory.

The fourth quarter for La Porte featured multiple stops on defense, the Bulldogs swarmed the Falcon's backfield putting pressure on Channelview and forcing punts and turnover on downs.  Sacks by Junior Linebacker Eric Kendzior and Senior Tyler Erskine.  Lane Pfieffer shadowed the Falcons Quarterback all night forcing him to throw away passes.  Junior Cornerbacks Vincent Chachere and Devohn White broke up passes and Senior Safeties Kevin Busby and Bryson Rogers covered up slot receivers.  Senior Middle line backer Chance Moreno covered tight ends and running backs out of the backfield.

 It was a big game for the Bulldogs defense and they will have to come up big again next week as Pearland Dawson will be the first round matchup for La Porte.  Dawson averages 44 points per game this season.  The game will be played at 7pm Friday at Galena Park ISD Stadium (North Shore's stadium).

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

La Porte Drops Heartbreaker 19-18 to North Shore

The La Porte Bulldogs came into last Friday night's game against the North Shore Mustangs looking for a district championship.  After controlling the game for three and a half quarters, La Porte lost a 18-7 lead with North Shore scoring the go ahead touchdown with 1:18 left.

The game began with North Shore receiving the opening kickoff.  A 24 yard run by Texas commitment Tristan Houston moved the Mustangs into La Porte territory.  On the next play the Bulldogs defense came up with a big play as Senior Lane Pfieffer blitzed off the corner and knocked the ball out of the quarterback's hands.  The fumble was recovered by Senior Eric Kendzior and the Bulldogs defense got off on the right track.

La Porte Senior Receiver David Terrebonne would take the next play on a reverse 31 yards into North Shore territory.  The drive would cover 8 plays and 60 yards, capped by a Sophomore Quarterback Austin Upshaw one yard dive.  La Porte lead early 7-0 with 6:47 in the first quarter.

The first quarter featured both teams going for short yardage fourth down plays and coming up short.  To start the second quarter La Porte went on another 11 play drive 47 yard grinding drive.  Sophomore Running Back Cobra Jones took the hand-off behind a awesome block from Sophomore Guard Ryder Rae five yards for the touchdown.  Rae took out 3 Mustangs pulling from the right side.  La Porte lead 14-0 with 9:01 left in the first half.

Everything was going La Porte's way until 30 seconds left in the first half.  North Shore would get on the board with a Quarterback scramble and throw down the left sideline for a 45 yard touchdown.  La Porte lead at halftime 14-7.

The third quarter was a defensive battle.  La Porte, however used field position to extend their lead, helped by Senior Punter Kyle Jobe.  Jobe twice in a row pinned North Shore back to their own goaline on punts and twice the Bulldogs got safeties on bad North Shore snaps.  La Porte ended the 3rd quarter with a 18-7 lead and firmly in control of the game.

The Bulldogs offense struggled in the 2nd half after the Mustangs made some good defensive adjustments at half time.  The lack of offense forced the defense, who was playing one of their best games of the season, to stay on the field too long and eventually break.  With 4:45 left North Shore broke through on a Tristan Houston 19 yard run.  A missed extra point left the score 18-13 La Porte still ahead.

A 22 yard run from Cobra Jones would get La Porte to midfield, it was their most ball movement of the half.  The drive would stall there and La Porte was forced to punt with 2:21 left and North Shore took over at their own 18 yard line. North Shore Quarterback Michah Long completed a perfect pass to Darius Mouton over the top of the Bulldogs defense for the winning touchdown.  The 2 point try was no good.  La Porte could not move the ball with their last posession and North Shore pulled out the victory and the district title with a 19-18 victory.

La Porte moves on to their last regular season game against Channelview this Friday in Channelview.  The Falcons feature an explosive offense and must win to make the playoffs.  La Porte has clinched a playoff spot and need a win for positioning in the playoff race.  The Bulldogs will face Pearland Dawson with a win Friday.  If the Bulldogs lose they will face state ranked Manvel.