2008 Team Insiders: PNG Indians

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Port Neches-Groves Indians

The PN-G Indians got off to a slow start last season going 0-2 in their first 2 games and not scoring a single point. They finally broke out and exploded on Silsbee in the form of a 29-0 beating of the Tigers that would begin a 7 game winning streak for the Indians. They finished the regular season 7-3 and advanced to the 2nd round of the playoffs before falling to Lamar Consolidated 26-7 to end the season with an 8-4 mark. There has been a lot of talk already about the 2008 season for the purple and white but that talk hasn't been about the team itself. Many are anticipating October 10 when the Indians will debut the "New Reservation" and it should prove to be the nicest venue in Southeast Texas.

Key Wins Last Year
Nederland (28-16)
Lumberton (31-24)
Galena Park (33-0)

Last Year's Scores
LaMarque 19 PN-G 0
Crosby 7 PN-G 0
PN-G 29 Silsbee 0
PN-G 21 Ozen 19
PN-G 41 LC-M 13
PN-G 28 Nederland 16
PN-G 31 Lumberton 24
PN-G 14 Vidor 7
PN-G 42 Central 21
Dayton 40 PN-G 7
PN-G 33 Galena Park 0
Lamar Consolidated 26 PN-G 7

Offense

PN-G has 7 total starters back from last season but 6 of those are on the offensive side of the ball. Last season the Indian offense averaged 21 points per game and a huge weapon is back for his 3rd straight season under center in QB Harrison Tatum. Tatum passed for 1,073 yards and 7 touchdowns on 74 completions in 2007. Another big key to the Indian offense is TB Josh Wright. He had a very strong 2007 season as he rushed for 870 yards and 6 touchdowns on 132 carries. Paving the way for Wright will be a strong offensive line led by Ryan McLin, Dillon Harrison and Tanner Ross. The Indians certainly have the weapons back to go along way on Offense and win the District Championship. Hard to find a weakness on Offense again this season.

Other Key Players
Aaron Shetley (TE)

Defense

The Indian defense will be very young in 2008 as they lose a lot of experience from last year. The 2007 Indian D allowed 16 points per game. The PN-G defensive line will be led by two way star OL/DL Jerin Spikes. Also look for DT Stephen Savant to have an impact as well. The secondary will be led by FS Shea McElduff and DB Tyler Gizzi. District 20 4A is a tough one to predict this season. PN-G won the District Championship last season but they are certainly young on this side of the ball. Coach Burnett feels confident the young guys will step up after being on a very good JV team last season.

Other Key Players
Christian Kerr (LB)

PN-G will open the 2008 season in Week 0 with a big road game at Barbers Hill. The following week they head to Crosby to face the Cougars. They are scheduled to open their new stadium on October 10 against Livingston. Their 20-4A opener is on September 26  against LC-M. "Mid County Madness" will highlight Week 5 when the Indians travel to Nederland to take on the Bulldogs. Here is the complete 2008 schedule for the PN-G Indians……

Aug. 29 @ Barbers Hill
Sept. 5 @ Crosby
Sept. 12 Texas City (alternate home site)
Sept. 19 OPEN
Sept. 26 Little Cypress-Mauriceville* (alternate home site)
Oct. 3 @ Nederland
Oct. 10 Livingston*
Oct. 17 @ Vidor*
Oct. 24 Lumberton*
Oct. 31 @ Beaumont Ozen* (Alex Durley Stadium)
Nov. 7 Beaumont Central*

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