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Monday, October 20, 2014

Final La Porte 41 Port Arthur Memorial 35

The La Porte Bulldogs fought to remain undefeated at home, beating the Port Arthur Memorial Titans 41-35 in overtime last Friday at Bulldog Stadium.  It was homecoming for La Porte and you could tell both teams were fighting for a playoff spot in a back in forth game.

Regulation play ended with the score 35-35.  In overtime La Porte had the ball first and Sophomore Running Back Cobra Jones, fresh up off the JV, had a huge 19 yard run to get the Bulldogs inside the 5 yard line.  The Sophomore only saw action in the second half and lead the team with 108 rushing yards on 15 carries.  Two plays later Sophomore Terrel Bernard would dive in to the end zone from three yards out for the go ahead touchdown and put the pressure on the Titans to get into the end zone.

The Bulldog defense stood tall. Port Arthur had 3rd and 11 from the 16 yard line where the Bulldogs would knock down a pass in the corner of the end zone forcing 4th down and a last effort for Memorial.  The 4th down pass touched the hands of the receiver at the goaline, but was a little too high sealing the victory for La Porte.

Lets rewind to how these two teams made it to overtime.  The first half was a tale of two quarters.  In the first quarter La Porte stormed to a 14-0 lead on two Sophomore Quarterback Austin Upshaw touchdown runs.  He would have four running touchdowns on the night along with 103 rushing yards.  The Bulldog defense held strong in the first quarter as well, however things would change in the second.

The Bulldogs drove down the field at the start of the 2nd quarter using a 41 yard run from Senior David Terrebonne.  David was La Porte's 3rd 100 yard rusher of the night, running for 100 yards on 8 carries.  Austin Upshaw took the next play into the endzone, but it was called back by penalty. The drive stalled and the field goal attempt was no good and Memorial took over at their own 20.

The next play would start a barrage of touchdowns to end the half for the Titans.  Port Arthur Junior Running Back and Baylor commitment Kameron Martin took the first handoff to the left, broke a couple tackles and took it 80 yards for the touchdown.  The score was 14-6 La Porte with 6:29 left in the first half.

A three and out for La Porte and the momentum was completely on the Titans side.  Port Arthur Senior Runningback and Texas Tech commitment Corey Dauphine took the handoff 41 yards up the middle with La Porte Senior Safety Kevin Busby making a shoestring tackle to save the touchdown.  A few plays later Memorial Sophomore Quarterback Kadon Harrison took the zone read 13 yards into the end zone and made it a one point game 14-13 La Porte with 2:11 left in the 2nd.

A botched kickoff return and Port Arthur recovered on the ensuing play.  Dauphine would make the Bulldogs pay again with a 8 yard touchdown run with 30 seconds left in the half and complete a big comeback.  Memorial lead 20-14 at halftime.

Things appeared to become dire for La Porte to start the second half.  Port Arthur received the kickoff and ran the ball eight consecutive times with Martin capping it with a eight yard run.  Port Arthur lead 27-14 with 8:18 left in the 3rd quarter.

La Porte was not done fighting in this one and they showed a bunch of heart on the legs of Upshaw and Jones, driving 63 yards.  Upshaw scored on a one yard run and the Bulldogs were down 27-21 with 4:53 left in the 3rd.

The Bulldogs would get a stop finally as the Titans went for it on 4th and 11 from the LP 29.  Upshaw, Terrebonne and Jones all came up with big runs on this drive going 13 plays 69 yards.  Upshaw would add his fourth touchdown with 6:32 left in the 4th.  This one gave La Porte the lead 28-27.

Back and forth we go, Memorial wasted little time.  Dauphine took the handoff on their first play of the next drive and broke loose for 56 yards and outran everyone for the touchdown.  The Titans went for two and got that as well.  Memorial retook the lead 35-28 with 6:19 left.

This time the Titans defense would force a three and out and give Port Arthur a chance to run out the clock with 5 minutes left.  Memorial would run the ball up the middle on the second play of their drive and La Porte Senior Linebacker Chance Moreno went straight for the strip, forcing a fumble in which Senior Safety Kevin Busby recovered putting the Bulldogs back in business.

Cobra Jones would pick a good time to get his first touchdown on the varsity squad, taking the sweep 8 yards and tying the game up 35-35 and forcing overtime.

La Porte is in good position, tied for the lead in 21-6a with a 2-1 record.  Port Arthur Memorial dropped to 1-3 in district and will have to win their two remaining games to have a chance at the playoffs.

The Bulldogs will travel to Beaumont on Thursday at 7pm to take on the West Brook Bruins in another very important game for playoff positioning.

Monday, October 6, 2014

La Porte Falls To Baytown Sterling

After a strong start to the game the La Porte Bulldogs could not hold on to the lead last Saturday, falling 27-16 to the Baytown Sterling Rangers.  The Bulldogs move to 3-3 on the season and 1-1 in district 21-6A.  Sterling moved to 5-0 and 1-0.

La Porte had many key injuries to Seniors Britt Grant, Clayton Calhoun, Tyler Boudreaux and Bryson Rogers coming into the game all of them occurring during the Deer Park game.

The Bulldogs would get on the board first.  After the teams traded punts to start the game La Porte would have great field position after a penalty on Sterling interfering with the punt catch.  Sophomore Terrel Bernard ran the ball in from three yards out to put LP ahead 7-0 with 6:03 remaining in the first.

The Bulldogs defense was smothering in the first quarter.  La Porte Senior Safety Kevin Busby came up with a interception on Sterling's next possession, again providing La Porte with great field position.  Three plays later Senior Kicker Cesar Silva connected on a 40 yard field goal to put La Porte ahead 10-0 with 2:47 left in the first.

The Bulldog defense continued to push the Rangers back forcing another punt.  This time the Bulldogs fortunes changed for the worse.  La Porte threw an interception on first down which Sterling returned to the LP 12 yard line.  The next play Sterling Running back Elijah Chenier scored his first of three touchdowns on the day.  It was La Porte 10 Baytown Sterling 7 at the end of the 1st quarter.  The Bulldogs momentum was gone in an instant.

A La Porte fumble gave the ball back to Sterling again.  The Rangers drove all the way down to the Bulldogs one yard line on a 14 play drive.  La Porte stopped Sterling on 4th and 1 to keep hope alive.

The Bulldogs were forced to punt again handing Sterling good field position at the LP 35.  The Rangers offense had found their footing at this point and had no trouble moving down the field for a touchdown, again from Chenier.  Sterling took a 14-10 lead with :42 left in the half and they would never look back.

After a blocked La Porte field goal attempt in the 3rd quarter Baytown would start to pull away.  Running back Dajuan Hill took the handoff and ran 84 yards for a touchdown pushing Sterling's lead to 21-10 with 4:48 left in the third.

La Porte would get a answer early in the 4th.  The Bulldogs moved down the field on the legs of Sophomore Quarterback Austin Upshaw, with him capping the drive with a four yard touchdown run to cut the Baytown lead to 21-16 with 9:15 left in the game.

Sterling would answer three plays later, Chenier scored his third, this one from 63 yards out to seal the game 27-16 with 7:55 left.

La Porte was in catch up mode and that is not their game.  The Bulldogs were forced into two interceptions late and a tough loss to a rejuvenated Baytown Sterling program.

La Porte has a bye this week and will have a huge game in two weeks at Bulldog Stadium against Port Arthur Memorial.  It will be a must win game for playoff positioning.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Last Minute La Porte Touchdown Defeats Deer Park

Another chapter in the storied rivalry of the La Porte Bulldogs and the Deer Park Deer was written last Friday night as La Porte came through with a 10-6 victory at a packed Bulldog Stadium.  This years game sold out Thursday morning and the crowd was hopping on both sides thirty minutes before game time.  The Bulldogs would thrill the home side, scoring a touchdown with 12 seconds remaining to take the victory.

It was scoreless at halftime after a defensive struggle in the first half.  After a quick stop from the Deer defense early in the first quarter, Deer Park quickly moved into La Porte territory mixing the run and pass.  However, on third and thirteen from the Bulldogs 30 yard line La Porte Senior Safety Bryson Rogers stepped in front of a Deer Park receiver and intercepted the pass stopping the Deer in their tracks.

La Porte would have a decent drive of their own, getting to the Deer Park 25 yard line before penalties pushed the Bulldogs back and forced them to punt.  The Bulldogs Senior Punter Kyle Jobe would get off a nice punt, pinning Deer Park back to the 2 yard line. As the first quarter ended the game remained 0-0.

La Porte Senior Lineman Clayton Calhoun dominated when put it on defense and swatted a Deer Park pass to start the second quarter, however he was injured on the punt and did not return to the game.

Both teams continue to trade punts. La Porte found the end zone on their punt return only to be called back due to penalty. Bulldog Senior Running Back Britt Grant weaved through Deer Park running 63 yards to the end zone, but the referees called holding and brought it back.  On the ensuing series La Porte was again forced to punt and Deer Park fumbled the punt return putting the Bulldogs in prime position to take the lead just before halftime.  La Porte drove to the Deer Park 5 yard line where the Deer defense stood tall and stopped the Bulldogs.  La Porte's 19 yard field goal attempt was blocked by Deer Park and the game headed to halftime in a 0-0 deadlock.

The third quarter would see Deer Park get on the board first. The Deer drove down the field in a long, time consuming 16 play drive that took almost 8 minutes off the clock.  The drive was capped by a Deer Park 15 yard touchdown pass from Cameron Thompson to Duncan McVey in what seemed to be good La Porte coverage.  The ball was threaded between three Bulldog defenders.  The extra point was no good.  Deer Park lead 6-0 with 4:36 left in the 3rd quarter.

A big scramble from La Porte Sophomore Quarterback Austin Upshaw would pick up 23 yards and a first down on the next drive.  A pass to Bulldog Senior Receiver David Terrebonne put La Porte in Deer Park territory.  Again Upshaw would get a big 16 yard run on the next play.  The Bulldogs drive would stall at the Deer Park 7 yard line and set up a Senior Kicker Ceasar Silva 24 yard field goal to cut the lead to Deer Park 6 La Porte 3 going into the fourth quarter.

Deer Park would start the fourth quarter with another long drive, moving down the La Porte 25 yard line where the Deer faced 4th and 6.  Deer Park went for it all, throwing to the end zone, but La Porte Junior Cornerback DeVohn White broke up the play at the goaline and La Porte took over.

Deer Park forced a quick three and out on La Porte and the turnovers would begin to rain down.  First La Porte got a interception on another big play from DeVohn White, returning it to the Deer Park 18 yard line.  On the next play La Porte fumbled on a perfectly placed helmet to ball shot by Deer Park.

The teams again traded punts as the Bulldogs were running out of time and opportunities to get the last score they needed.  Deer Park received a La Porte punt with 3:18 left in the fourth quarter and just needing a first down to run out the clock.  La Porte Senior Defensive Tackle Denaus Ferguson came up huge on 4th and 2, stopping Deer Park for a one yard gain and giving the Bulldogs one final opportunity with 2:17 left and the ball at their own 34.

What happened on the last drive was a clutch display by Sophomore Austin Upshaw, going 4 for 4 including a 30 yard post pattern to David Terrebonne on the first play of the drive.  Then a nine yard pass to Junior Nathan Redd.  Upshaw would keep it up the middle for two yards on the next play.    Then he found Senior Receiver Chris Green for nine yards.  Upshaw passed nine yards to Sophomore Terrel Bernard to the Deer Park 8 yard line.  Upshaw ran up the middle to the five yard line with time ticking down around 30 seconds left.  Bernard would take the hand off to the two yard line with about 18 seconds left.  Hurrying up to the line Upshaw turned and handed off to Senior James Jacobs who followed the blocks of Sophomore Ryder Rae and Junior Tristan Lozano into the end zone for the game winning touchdown with 12 seconds to play.  La Porte lead 10-6 and pulled off a great comeback victory.

Senior Tyler Erskine came up with the tackle on the ensuing kickoff with seven seconds remaining.  Deer Park's pass would be incomplete as time expired and La Porte pulled out the 10-6 victory.

There was an amazing show of sportsmanship after the final whistle as La Porte Senior Chance Moreno consoled a stunned Deer Park Senior offensive lineman Austin Hill who they had faced each other all night.  This is the spirit of this rivalry. There is talk all week and back and forth from the crowds all night, but this is what truly makes this the best rivalry in Texas.  Amazing game from Deer Park and great win for the La Porte Bulldogs.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Final The Woodlands 49 La Porte 3

It was a tough night for the La Porte Bulldogs as they traveled north to face The Woodlands Highlanders last Friday, falling 49-3.  La Porte fell to 2-2 in the pre-district schedule.  The real games begin this week against Deer Park in the big rivalry match.

La Porte started the game adjusting to the size and speed of The Woodlands.  After a La Porte punt The Woodlands quickly moved into La Porte territory with a 17 yard wide receiver screen.  However the Bulldog Defense came up with a big play two plays later as Junior Corner Back Vincent Chachere intercepted the Highlander's pass on a tipped ball.

The Woodlands defense swarmed to the ball on La Porte's second drive and stopped them quickly.  La Porte again punted, this time the Highlanders Senior Running Back Patrick Carr would take the hand-off to the house for a 73 yard score.  Carr has multiple scholarship offers from teams around the country including Arkansas, Arizona State and Texas Tech.  The Woodlands had the lead 7-0 with seven minutes remaining in the first quarter and would never look back.

La Porte however threatened on their next drive, the best of the night. Mixing the pass and the run the Bulldogs marched 55 yards in 14 plays and running seven minutes of the clock, mixing the run and pass.  La Porte Sophomore Quarterback Austin Upshaw completed his first nine passes of the game.  The Bulldogs had to settle for a Senior Kicker Ceasar Silva 31 yard field goal. The Bulldogs trailed 7-3 at the end of the 1st quarter.

Carr put The Woodlands on the board again to start the second quarter with a 22 yard touchdown run.  The wheels fell off quick for the Bulldogs.  After fumbling the next kickoff, the Highlanders score on three consecutive passes, the first two were called back by penalty.  All of a sudden La Porte found themselves in a big hole 21-3 with 8:35 left in the 2nd quarter against one of the best defenses in the state.

The Woodlands would add another touchdown before the half going into the locker room with a 28-3 lead on another Carr touchdown run.  Carr was pulled early and finished the game with 8 carries for 127 yards and three touchdowns.

La Porte's defense made some adjustments at the half and came out strong in the 3rd quarter, forcing three punts in a row.  However what was left of the momentum disappeared when The Woodlands Junior Antoine Winfield Jr, son of the three time NFL pro bowler Antoine Winfield, fielded a La Porte punt and broke at least 10 tackles running it back 73 yards for a touchdown.  La Porte trailed 35-3 at the end of the 3rd.

The Woodlands would add two garbage time touchdowns in the fourth quarter, sending La Porte to a 49-3 loss.

The real games begin now for the Bulldogs as the familiar rival Deer Park comes to La Porte Friday this week in a huge district 21-6A battle.  There is a big pep rally at Bulldog Stadium Wednesday evening at 6pm.  Everyone enjoy Deer Park week, one of the best rivalries in the world!


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.