Porter Pounds the Opposition

Northside and Cecilia met in a high-stakes District 6-4A contest last Friday and the Vikings departed with 20-12 victory in hand. As usual, Northside defensive tackle Tyler Porter had an excellent game. Read further to get the details.

Both Northside and Cecilia were 4-0 in district play heading into last Friday's matchup in Lafayette, and the homestanding Vikings left the field with their perfect 6-4A record intact.

Northside defensive tackle Tyler Porter, a highly-regarded Louisiana Tech prospect, had his way with the overmatched Cecilia offensive line - so much so that the CHS head coach was overflowing with praise for Porter in comments to the local media following the game.

The 8-1 Vikings prevailed, 20-12, and in the process held Cecilia standout RB Montrel Carter - who entered the game with well over 1,000 yards rushing - to only 32 yards on 16 carries.

"It was senior night for us and it was exciting," said Porter, who has scholarship offers from half a dozen programs, including Tech. "Most of the seniors fed off the pregame speech by our coaches.

"Our head coach was emphasizing that this is our last regular season home game, and that we shouldn't leave with any 'would of, could of,' doubts. We wanted to sell out and leave everything out there on the field."

Porter enjoyed an tremendous night in front of the home crowd and he dedicated the performance to his grandmother.

"I fed off Coach Vince's (Derouen) comments," Porter said. "He said to dedicate this game to something bigger than myself, and I dedicated it to my grandma that passed away. I had tears in my eyes before the game, and my teammates could see how emotional I was about it. We had it in our heads that we were going to do everything right one time."

How did the Vikings neutralize the lightning-fast Carter; the fleet-footed Cecilia senior who has been timed at 4.39 in the 40-yard dash?

"We didn't have particular scheme," Porter explained. "We just played hard in our base front and beat them up front."

Slow to give himself credit, Porter finally expounded on his individual exploits.

"I was back there (in Cecilia's backfield) a lot," he said. "I think I had three tackles on Montrel behind the line of scrimmage, and I had a couple of sacks. On one sack, I got past the center and ended up wrapping him and the QB together into one pile.

"I knew I made a big-time play when I ran off the field and (assistant coach) Trev Faulk head-butted me. I had my helmet on and he head-butted me really hard. He only gets excited about big plays. He brings a lot of energy and passion to our sideline and we wanted to do well for him and one of the other assistants, Tyson Andrus."

What was Porter's take on the Louisiana Tech/Boise State game last Tuesday?

"Tech played good at times and they played really tough. I liked it that they hung in there. Their defensive end, (Matt) Broha, had some nice plays. I think Tech will continue to improve over the next couple of years, especially with the addition of a few good defensive players that will add to what's already there."

The Bulldogs hope that Porter decides to join that group in Ruston.

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