Northside, Porter peaking at the right time

Tyler Porter has taken on an expanded role lately for the Northside Vikings, spending time on both the offensive and defensive lines, and his efforts are paying off, as the Vikings are unbeaten in district play. Get the latest news on Porter's season and his recruitment.

As usual, the Northside Vikings are enjoying a successful season and the leader of this year's squad is senior Tyler Porter.

Although Porter is being recruited as a defensive tackle, he's spent significant time on both offense and defense in recent weeks for the Vikings (5-2 overall, 3-0 in District 6-4A).

Tonight, Northside and Porter attempt to maintain that perfect district record when the Vikes pay a visit to Arnaudville to face Beau Chene (5-2, 2-1). In 2009, the Gators managed only two wins, but they're a much different team this fall.

"Last year, we had our way with Beau Chene (45-6 Northside win), but they're playing hard this year," said Porter. "We can't afford to undermine what they're doing, and we have to pay more attention to them this time around.

"They're getting after it and I'm very impressed with their backs. They have a running back, Jacob Carmouche, who has a similar style of play to (Cecilia star) Montrel Carter. They run extremely hard and they'll break out of a pile of tacklers when it looks like they're stopped."

Porter has six scholarship offers and he mentioned two programs specifically.

"I was impressed with McNeese State last week against LSU," he said. "Most people thought McNeese couldn't hang with LSU, but they proved that wrong.

"I'm going to take an unofficial visit to McNeese next weekend for their homecoming game (vs. Nicholls State). I'm going with my teammates: Malcolm Glaze, Terrell Alfred, and Tevin Narcisse. They've already offered Malcolm, Terrell, and me and they could offer Tevin in the future."

Porter has also been paying close attention to Louisiana Tech.

"Tech has won its last two games," he said. "I've been keeping an eye on them. I'm used to winning at Northside and that's what Tech and McNeese have been doing; they've been winning.

"We win 10 games every year at Northside and we like to play hard. I'm looking for the same thing in a college program."

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