Porter attends Tech/Grambling game

Last weekend, Northside defensive tackle Tyler Porter made the journey north on I-49 from Lafayette to Shreveport to check out the Louisiana Tech/Grambling game. What did he think about the season-opening win by the Bulldogs?

"It was interesting," said Northside DT Tyler Porter of the Louisiana Tech/Grambling game. "It was my first time to watch Tech in person and I liked the intensity of the defense, especially on third down situations.

"Tech started off fast and the team got the crowd pumped up, but Grambling wouldn't go down without a fight. Tech has a really good football team and I like their style of play."

Northside lost its first game of the season last week vs. 5A Acadiana, and Porter hopes that the Vikings will get in the win column Friday against Comeaux (0-1).

"We had a lot of mishaps and penalties in the Acadiana game," said Porter. "I personally felt like I could have done a lot better. I didn't feel like I helped the team.

"We had two turnovers that led to touchdowns for Acadiana, and they recovered a kickoff that resulted in another score.

"I think we jumped offsides five times in the game and we have to be more disciplined. They run the veer and 'flex down' -- where their offensive lineman go from a two-point stance to a three-point stance, just prior to the snap.

"When their linemen would flex, we jumped offsides a few times, just moving off their reaction. They have a good offensive line and while our linebackers did a nice job of filling the gaps, Acadiana's running backs would always seem to fall forward."

A first-team all-state selection as a junior, Porter has several scholarship offers and is a top target for Tech.

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