Thursday, October 20, 2016

La Porte vs Deer Park Preview

Tomorrow is the big game! Today I have a little bit of a preview.

La Porte is 5-2, 3-0 in district 22-6A. They have clinched a playoff spot

Deer Park is 6-2, 4-0 in district 22-6A. They have also clinched a playoff spot.

Winner will have a inside track on the district championship, but this game probably will not affect playoff positioning as Deer Park will be Division 1 with the big schools, while La Porte will be Division 2 with the smaller schools.

La Porte's offense has been more balanced than we've seen in years. Senior Quarterback and Memphis commitment Austin Upshaw has been able to open up the passing attack, adding to the already potent running game. Deer Park will not be able to stack 10 men in the box like they have the last few seasons to varying success. La Porte is very hard to read with Upshaw, Cobra Jones and Kevrin Busby all very capable of hitting big plays on the ground. The receiving corps of Busby, Trent Ormsbee, Hunter Hebert, Damien Phillips and Jadon McConnell give defenses fits and all are equal receiving threats.

Deer Park on offense features running back Angel Vargas, who averages about 30 carries a game, opening up some passing lanes for Quarterback Hunter Becton. Becton is very efficient throwing the ball so far this season. La Porte's defense will focus on stopping Vargas and Deer Park will likely have to rely on the pass more in this game.

La Porte's defense will be tested, led by Senior and U of Houston commit Terrel Bernard.

Should be a heck of a game, as always!

Let me know how you think things will go

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!