Porter takes care of business

DT Tyler Porter anchors a Northside defensive unit that held Catholic-New Iberia to negative yardage last night in jamboree action. Find out what Porter had to say about his performance, as well as his take on next week's huge game vs. 5A powerhouse Acadiana.

"We had to shake back after last week's performance in the scrimmage against LaGrange," said Tyler Porter, who has scholarship offers from Louisiana Tech, McNeese State, and Southern, among other schools. "We played really good as a team, but we also made a lot of errors. A couple of times, we had only 10 people on defense, and we need to improve on special teams.

"We had one kick blocked, and there was also a bad snap that went over the head of our punter. I felt like I did my job and our defensive line played well technique-wise. I had five or six tackles. Honestly, I could tell that Catholic's offensive line didn't really want to be there last night.

"I was also impressed with our linebackers. They were making form tackles, instead of always going for kill shots like they did last week."

Northside limited Catholic-New Iberia to minus-15 yards total offense in the 26-0 shutout, and Porter hopes that the Vikings can come forth with another strong effort next week against the Acadiana Rams. On Thursday night, the Rams blanked defending 3A state champion Notre Dame, 15-0.

"We were talking with some of Acadiana's players after their jamboree Thursday night," said Porter. "We know that we're going to be in for a dogfight; they're going to be ranked really high in 5A. I think we'll come in with a little confidence.

"I love playing against a veer offense like Acadiana, because they run it at me all day. Our defensive ends and linebackers will need to read their keys to shut down the option. We played them really well last year, until about nine minutes left. I think we got the big head and thought we had the game won."

Northside, which finished 10-3 and advanced to the Class 4A quarterfinals last year, lost that game to Acadiana by a 30-28 margin. Porter and company will benefit next week from the return of RB Terrell Alfred, who sat out the jamboree after turning an ankle in the LaGrange scrimmage.

"He (Alfred) wanted to play," said Porter, "and he was kinda down about missing last night - it's our last jamboree as seniors - but he knew that he needed to look at the bigger picture, because we need him healthy this week.

"I was really happy for our wide receiver, Malcolm Glaze, after he caught a long touchdown pass at the beginning of the game last night. Our quarterback, who is a first-year starter, was named MVP of the jamboree and I think he has more confidence now."

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