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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

La Porte Overcomes Clear Springs With Strong First Half

The La Porte Bulldogs improved to 2-0 at home this season and 2-1 overall with a 43-34 defeat of the Clear Springs Chargers at Bulldog Stadium last Friday.  It was the first win for the Bulldogs in three games against the Chargers. Lead by Senior Running Back Britt Grant who is averaging 181 yards per game on the ground through three games (544 yards, 7 touchdowns), La Porte took the lead and never looked back.

La Porte's kickoff return team has been stellar this season and again would start the Bulldogs off with great field position.  Grant would return the opening kick to near midfield.  Six plays and all of them runs would get the Bulldogs in the endzone on a 3 yard run by Grant.  La Porte lead 7-0 with 9:11 left in the 1st.

The defense would start out strong in the first half as well.  Junior Linebacker Nathan Redd would storm the backfield twice on Clear Spring's first series for two sacks forcing the Chargers to punt.  The Bulldogs responded with another six play scoring drive.  Senior Receiver David Terrebonne who had a huge game started the drive with 17 yards on a sweep.  La Porte faced 3rd and 14 when Sophomore Quarterback Austin Upshaw (141 yards passing, 94 yards rushing) found Britt Grant out of the backfield for a first down.  Grant (22 carries 189 yards, 3 tds) would cap the drive with his second touchdown of the first quarter and a 14-0 Bulldog lead with 5:03 left in the 1st.

On the next drive Clear Springs faked a punt and got into La Porte territory. Senior Linebacker Chance Moreno stuffed the drive with two sacks of his own and the Bulldogs would force a punt and take over at their own 26 yard line.  La Porte would march down the field again, this time on the legs of Sophomore Terrel Bernard, Upshaw and Terrebonne.  However the drive would stall due to penalty and the Bulldogs missed a field goal.

La Porte's defense stood tall again.  Bulldog Junior Linebacker Eric Kendzior had a big tackle for loss on the Chargers running back stalling the Clear Springs drive again.  La Porte started at their own 34 yard line and wasted no time.  Grant rushed for 24 yards, then Upshaw for 8.  Britt Grant would cap his huge first half with his third touchdown, this one a winding 34 yard run.  The extra point was blocked.  La Porte lead 20-0 with 7:06 left in the 2nd.

The last seven minutes of the first half saw a frenzy of offense from both teams.  Clear Springs Senior Quarterback and Bulldog nemesis Matt Guidry, who was switched from running back due to injury began to settle in at his new position.  He weaved through the Bulldog defense for a 62 yard touchdown run.  Clear Springs cut the La Porte lead to 20-7 with 6:32 left in the half.

The Chargers attempted a onside kick and were not successful giving the Bulldogs good field position again.  Upshaw would find Terrebonne (5 catches 110 yards 2 touchdowns on the game) for a 43 yard touchdown on a wide receiver screen play.  He was lead to the end zone by a convoy of big bodies including Senior Offensive lineman Clayton Calhoun and Junior Logan Jackson.  La Porte tried a two point conversion and missed.  The score was 26-7 Bulldogs with 3:19 left in the half.

The flurry would continue.  Clear Springs found the end zone again with Guidry running a zone read play and finding his way in with 38 seconds left. La Porte had a answer though. The squib kick landed in the hands of La Porte Senior Tyler Erskine who returned the ball to the Chargers 45 yard line. Two plays later Upshaw rolled out to the right and found Terrebonne again, this time over the top of the Clear Springs defense for a 41 yard score to end the half.  La Porte lead at halftime 33-14.

Clear Springs had the better of the second half, but it was too little too late.  La Porte Senior kicker Cesar Silva added a 24 yard field goal in the fourth quarter. La Porte Senior Fullback James Jacobs would add a late insurance touchdown on a 3 yard run to seal the game.  La Porte beat Clear Springs 43-34.

Next up we have a road trip coming.  This time to The Woodlands and Woodforest Stadium on Friday at 7:30.  The Woodlands Highlanders are coming off a huge win over the Katy Tigers last Friday 24-7.  It will be the toughest test of the season so far for the Bulldogs.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Final Bellaire 31 La Porte 28

The La Porte Bulldogs fell in a hole they could not recover from in a 31-28 loss to the Bellaire Cardinals last Saturday.  There were many good things to take away from the first loss of the season.  The defense played well, although the score did not show it.  The Bulldogs running game on offense is in midseason form lead by the offensive line and very good athletes in the backfield.

This one started out about as rough as you could start a game.  La Porte received the opening kick for a touchback, followed by a fumble on the first play from scrimmage recovered by the Cardinals at the 6 yard line.  Two plays later and Bellaire had a 7-0 lead after a 6 yard touchdown run with 11:22 left in the 1st quarter.

It got worse.  La Porte was forced to punt after a bad exchange out of the shotgun on 3rd and 1.  Bellaire wasted no time 4 plays later scoring on a 23 yard pass.  Bellaire lead 14-0 with 8:20 left in the first.

After a nice 19 yard pass from Sophomore QB Austin Upshaw to Senior Fullback James Jacobs, came another fumble out of the shotgun recovered by Bellaire.  This time the Bulldog defense stepped up with three tackles for loss in a row forcing Bellaire to kick a 41 yard field goal which went through the uprights.  After a disastrous 1st quarter the score was Bellaire 17 La Porte 0.

The second quarter began with La Porte coming to life.  A 8 play 91 yard drive capped by Senior Running Back Britt Grant's 13 yard touchdown run.  Grant had 15 carries for 180 yards and two scores on the night.  This score made it Bellaire 17 La Porte 7 with 11:15 to go before halftime.

Bellaire responded quickly with a 52 yard pass that set up a 9 yard touchdown run.  Bellaire was back up by 17 with 8:39 left in the 2nd quarter 24-7.

The Bulldogs never gave up, running the ball seven consecutive plays including a 37 yard run by Britt Grant.  Upshaw capped the drive with a 9 yard run behind a huge block from Senior lineman Clayton Calhoun.  Upshaw rushed the ball 14 times for 239 yards on the night with 2 scores.  A huge game for the Sophomore quarterback.  LP was back in it 24-14 going into halftime.

Bellaire came out in the second half in their hurry up offense quickly moving in side the La Porte 10 yard line.  A bad exchange between the quarterback and running back put the ball on the turf and La Porte recovered.  Four plays later Britt Grant busted through a hole and ran the ball 63 yards for the touchdown right up the middle.  Bellaire still lead La Porte 24-21 with 7:17 left in the 3rd.

Bellaire would bounce right back and make a 59 yard run of their own with their Quarterback hurdling La Porte defenders.  Bellaire was back up 31-21 with 4:51 left in the 3rd.

Back and forth we went. La Porte Junior DeVohn White would get a huge return on the kickoff of 50 yards.  Upshaw would do the rest on the next play cutting back twice and running it in from 41 yards out.  La Porte was down 31-28 going into the tense 4th quarter.

The third quarter ended with Upshaw again cutting loose going 80 yards to the end zone, however the ball was jarred loose by the Bellaire defender.  The referee was trying to catch up to the play and judged that it was a fumble and that turned it over for a touchback and Bellaire's ball.  It was a very close call and would have given La Porte the lead.

Senior Safety Kevin Busby picked up a interception in the 4th quarter and he was assisted by a huge hit Senior Defensive Tackle Denaus Ferguson landed on the quarterback.  La Porte could not get anything going and punted the ball back to Bellaire.  With one final chance Bellaire intercepted a La Porte pass with 1:28 left to seal the victory for the Cardinals.

Everything that could happen did.  A awful 1st quarter, a shoot-out 2nd and 3rd quarter and a defensive battle in the 4th.

This week La Porte will take on the 1-1 Clear Spring Chargers at Bulldog Stadium Friday at 7pm.  Come support the Dogs and see some exciting action!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Final La Porte 40 Clear Brook 14

The 2014 La Porte Bulldogs season kicked off with a bang last Friday against the Clear Brook Wolverines.  The Bulldogs impressed everyone in many different ways en route to a 40-14 win.

The Bulldogs would receive the opening kick with Senior Running Back Britt Grant getting a huge runback of 50 yards to the Clear Brook 33 yard line.  This would open up a big advantage in the field position battle.  The Bulldogs drive stalled after going for it on 4th and short.  Two plays later the Bulldogs defense would make a big play with Junior Defensive End Zach Bowen causing a fumble in the backfield in which La Porte recovered.  The Bulldogs drove down behind that big offensive line and scored their first touchdown of the season with Sophomore Terrel Bernard taking the ball in from 4 yards out.  La Porte lead 7-0 with 8:41 left in the 1st quarter.

La Porte would continue the field position dominance as the ensuing kickoff was fumbled by Clear Brook, but they recovered deep in their own territory after Senior Safety Wyatt Stevenson flew down the field with the rest of the Bulldogs. A few plays later and the La Porte front seven were in the backfield sacking the Clear Brook quarterback for a safety.  La Porte lead 9-0 with 6:32 left in the 1st.

A mistake on the punt team would set up Clear Brook for their first score.  The Wolverines scored on a one yard QB keeper making the score La Porte 9 Clear Brook 7 with 4:18 left in the 1st.

La Porte wasted no time getting the ball back to the end zone.  A 15 yard run from Sophomore Quarterback Austin Upshaw followed by a 38 yard gain from Britt Grant put the Bulldogs inside the Clear Brook 20.  Terrel Bernard would get the carry again from 3 yards out for the touchdown.  La Porte lead 16-7 with 2:51 left in the first.

The second quarter would start off with more dominance on the offensive line.  Seniors Tyler Boudreaux and Tight End Jaron Dykstra along with Junior Logan Jackson and Sophomore Ryder Rae were just a few of the blockers controlling the line up front.  Senior Running Back Kevin Busby would cash it in this time on a 24 yard sweep to the left side.  Senior Wide Receiver Chris Green threw a huge open field block to open up the run. La Porte lead 23-7 with 10:13 left in the half.

Senior Kicker Cesar Silva, who was perfect on extra points on the night, would add a 19 yard field goal on the next possession making the Bulldog lead 26-7 with 4:50 left to halftime.

La Porte had their one lapse of the night on defense allowing the Wolverines to score on a 31 yard pass with 1:51 left in the half making it 26-14 LP.

The Bulldogs two minute drill looked easy to close the half.  Starting with a 20 yard pass from Senior Quarterback Nick Brown to Senior Wide Receiver David Terrebonne. A 10 yard run from Britt Grant and a 21 yard pass from Brown to Terrebonne would get La Porte inside the 5.  Grant would cap it off with 29 seconds left in the half.  La Porte lead 33-14 in a very high scoring first half.

The second half would be a defensive battle.  La Porte's defense lead by Senior Zach Love, Junior Linebackers Eric Kendzior and Nathan Redd and Sophomore Terrel Bernard sniffed out the Clear Brook option attack all night.  The defensive line lead by Senior Denaus Ferguson, Bowen, Josh DeLeon lived in the Wolverine backfield.  Bernard would add a interception off a tipped pass from Junior Cornerback DeVohn White. The secondary lead by White, Senior Safety Bryson Rogers and Junior Cornerback Vincent Chachere helped contain the outside run plays the Wolverines attacked them with. The defense would shut down Clear Brook the whole second half.

La Porte would cap the game in the fourth quarter with a Britt Grant 40 yard touchdown run and the backups would come in.  La Porte won the season opener in a big way 40-14.

This week La Porte will take on Bellaire at Butler Stadium in Houston on Saturday at 6pm.  This team is worth the watch and play exciting football.

Bellaire is coming off a 52-27 loss to Fort Bend Elkins.  Bellaire runs a spread offense and will put out a challenge for the Bulldog defense.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

La Porte Football Weekend

Tonight the football begins.  La Porte's JV and Freshman teams will be in action against Clear Brook,

Thursday, August 28, 2014
Freshman B starts at 4:30 at La Porte
Freshman A starts at 6:00 at La Porte
JV White starts at 4:30 at Clear Brook
JV Orange starts at 6:30 at Clear Brook

Friday, August 29, 2014
La Porte vs Clear Brook at La Porte 7pm

Jonathan Lewis C/O 2014 Colorado St running back
Colorado State vs Colorado 8pm Fox Sports 1

Keith Whitely C/O 2013 UNLV running back
UNLV at Arizona 9:30 on ESPN - Set to record the beginning

Saturday, August 30, 2014
Vic Holmes C/O 2014 Iowa State DB
Iowa State vs North Dakota State 11am Fox Sports 1

Maurice Morris C/O 2013 Navy OL
Navy vs Ohio State 11am CBSSN

Michael Rodriguez C/O 2014 Louisiana Tech TE
Louisiana Tech vs Oklahoma 7pm FSN PPV

Sunday, August 31, 2014
Anthony Webb C/O 2011 Baylor (injured)
Baylor vs SMU 7:30 Fox Sports 1

Am I missing someone?

Monday, August 25, 2014

La Porte vs Pearland Dawson Scrimmage Recap

Pearland Dawson visited La Porte last Friday at Bulldog Stadium for the big warm-up  scrimmage before the real thing kicks off this Friday Night.  The teams had a handful of sets of plays in a controlled scrimmage and then played two quarters of live action with the clock running.

La Porte's defense settled in nicely in the controlled scrimmage.  Good tackling and pressure resulted in many negative and one or two yard plays for the Dawson offense.  The Bulldog linebackers look the part this year for sure.

The Bulldog offense struggled early, but seemed to move the ball better by the end of the controlled scrimmage.  The second team offense found the end zone, moving down the field on the legs of Sophomore Quarterback Austin Upshaw.  Sophomore Linebacker/Running Back Terrell Bernard ran the ball for the score from a yard out.

In the live quarters, Dawson turned up the intensity and scored a few times on the Bulldogs showing some weakness that surely will be worked out this week at practice.

Overall it was a good warm up and La Porte will be back at Bulldog Stadium Friday night against the Clear Brook Wolverines in the first game of the season.