2008 Team Insiders: Port Arthur Memorial

Southeast Texas expert Kerry Cooper takes a look at all the teams in the Golden Triangle region along with East Houston Area. Join Kerry and the rest of the Texasprpeinsider team for the season as we give you the inside scoop on the teams in the state of TExas.

Port Arthur Memorial Titans

Coach Ronnie Thompson and his Port Arthur Memorial Titans will look to make a return trip to the playoffs in 2008 after a disappointing 4-6 season a year ago. The Titans return 10 total starters from last year's team and Coach Thompson hopes they along with the other 30 returning lettermen will get Memorial back to the postseason. Also With a 7-3 JV squad moving up Coach Thompson is excited about the 08 Titans. "Last season is a year we want to forget about and move on says Thompson".

Key Wins Last Year
Ozen (19-12)
Baytown Sterling (37-29)

Last Year's Scores
Memorial 19 Ozen 12
Aldine Nimitz 13 Memorial 10
Houston Lamar 43 Memorial 8
Memorial 24 Channelview 21
Memorial 50 Atascocita 18
Kingwood 21 Memorial 14
Baytown Lee 29 Memorial 23
West Brook 42 Memorial 21
Memorial 37 Baytown Sterling 29
Humble 39 Memorial 17

Offense

The weak point of the 2008 Titans appears to be the offense. Just 3 starters are back from last year's team that averaged 24 points per game. The offensive leader for the Titans will be QB Jareal Alexander. In 2007 Alexander started 3 games for Memorial and completed 14 passes for 282 yards and 3 touchdowns while rushing for 385 yards and 5 touchdowns on 80 carries. Also back is TB Daleon Sinette who rushed for 185 yards on 20 carries and 3 touchdowns. The Titans WR corp will be helped out by sophomore K'Sean Wesley. Wesley had a huge season on the freshman team last year by catching 21 touchdowns. If the Titans are going to get back to the Postseason the Offense is going to have to step it up a notch, And if Wide Reciever K'Sean Wesley numbers on the Freshman team (21 TD's) are any indication he'll certainly be a big asset to the Offense. Coach Thompson said the SR's we lost last season is a big concern but with the Athletes we have coming back and if they step up we should be right back in the mix of things come Week 11. Thompson likes the Running back Sinette, "He has very good feet and can explode at any time".

Other Key Players
Solomon Jones (WR)

Defense

Coach Thompson feels that his defense this season will be very good with 10 starters back from a 2007 unit that allowed 27 points per game. DE Radermon Scypion is back for 2008 after he had 88 tackles a year ago (9 for a loss) and 5 sacks. "He is a big, physical player and has the potential to become even better says Thompson". The secondary will be led by DB Desmon Gardiner who collected 47 tackles and 4 interceptions in 2007. Also look for the Titan's LB crew to be a talented group led by Junior Earl Hines. Hines was a huge part of the Titan defense last season after gathering 126 tackles (11 for a loss) and 5 sacks. " If we can keep our kids healthy we can certainly play and be where we need to be says Thompson".

Other Key Players
James Levine (DB)
Cody Hebert (DE)


Port Arthur Memorial will open the 2008 season on August 29 with a big home match up with Beaumont Central. The following week they take on another Beaumont school as they will travel to face Ozen. A marquee game will take place on September 26 when the Titans hit the road to take on The Woodlands. Memorial opens 21-5A play on the road October 10 against district newcomer Galena Park North Shore. With the addition of North Shore to the District things will not be easy for Memorial or anyone for that matter. Here is the complete 2008 schedule for the Port Arthur Memorial Titans……

Aug. 29 Beaumont Central
Sept. 6 @ Beaumont Ozen (Sat.)
Sept. 12 Aldine Nimitz
Sept. 19 Houston Westbury
Sept. 26 @ The Woodlands
Oct. 3 OPEN
Oct. 10 @ Galena Park North Shore*
Oct. 17 @ Baytown Sterling*
Oct. 24 Beaumont West Brook*
Oct. 31 @ Channelview*
Nov. 7 Baytown Lee*

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