Porter controls the middle

Northside DT Tyler Porter notched double-digit tackles last night in the Vikings' 19-16 win over Comeaux, and he established the tone on the very first play from scrimmage, blowing up the backfield for a loss. Get the details here.

"I had a few decent plays in the first half," said Northside defensive tackle Tyler Porter, "but I played way better in the second half. I had two sacks, seven solo tackles, and a lot assists - probably about seven.

"They were running a lot of belly and veer stuff and so I was able to join in on several tackles. I recovered a fumble in the first half and I'm not sure what happened, but I had some cramps in my calves and hamstring. I stretched it out and did better in the second half.

"Overall, we did well on defense. They only had one scoring drive that led to a touchdown. Their other TD came on a kickoff return, plus they had a field goal."

Next week, Northside (1-1) has a geographical rivalry with fellow north Lafayette Parish school Carencro.

"My best game of the year last season - other than the Jennings game - was against Carencro," said Porter, who has offers from Louisiana Tech, McNeese State, Southern, Southeastern Louisiana, and Northwestern State. "I had six solos, seven assists, two-and-a-half sacks, three tackles for loss, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery against them last year.

"Carencro has a junior running back named Alex Johnson who is real nice. I like his game. He's a tough kid, although he didn't get a chance to do much against us last year.

"He earned my respect last time we played, because he manned up against me on pass blocking. Most running backs will turn away and avoid me when I'm rushing the passer, but he didn't do that."


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