PN-G rushes past LC-M, 34-7
LITTLE CYPRESS — The Port Neches-Groves Indians stuck to their bread and butter on offense Tuesday night and it worked to almost perfection.
The plan was obvious to stick to the running game and wear down the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Battlin' Bears.
PN-G trounced LC-M's defense for 323 yards on the ground en route to a 34-7 victory to open the District 20-4A schedule for both teams.
Josh Wright was the workhorse for the Indians on this night as the senior bruised his way for 155 yards on 20 carries with three scores.
LC-M was outgained 412-145 in the game. PN-G also led with 23 first downs compared to just nine for the Bears.
While the Indians offense was steam rolling, the defense was punishing especially in the first half.
Blake Perry led the Bears with 29 yards on six carries and sophomore quarterback Hunter Gonzales continued to show potential.
Gonzales was 9-for-18 passing for 50 yards with no interceptions. The Bears lone score came in the fourth quarter on a halfback option as Chad Humphrey hooked up with Samuel Burton in the back of end zone to seal the final score.
PN-G only scored once in the entire second half after putting up 28 points in the first two frames.
The second half score came with 7:59 left in the game as Jareb Logan found paydirt from 1-yard out. It was the Indians next to last drive of the night and PN-G did a great job running down the clock.
The scoring drive started on the PN-G 23 yard line and took nine plays to finish.
PN-G quarterback Harrison Tatum continued to show a great arm in his final season with the Indians as he was 5-for-9 for 89 yards and no interceptions.
Spencer DeRon hauled in two receptions for 58 yards and Kyler Segura had 25 yards on two catches.
The first half was all Indians as the rushing attack was the main focus of the PN-G attack.
PN-G led 28-0 at the break after rushing for 180 yards, 129 coming off the legs of Wright.
It all started on the first drive of the night as PN-G took over on the Bears' 48-yard line after David St. Clair took the opening kick 42 yards.
Wright teamed up with Harmon for the next 48 yards, ending with a 7-yard touchdown scamper to make it 7-0 with 7:11 left in the first.
A LC-M punt set the Indians up at their own 19-yard line with 4:50 left in the first period.
Wright carried the first play of the drive for 34 yards bringing PN-G down to the Bears 47-yard line.
Tatum showed off his arm on the next play, finding a wide open Spencer DeRon.
DeRon did the rest of the work and scored from 47 yards out to make it 14-0 with 4:21 left in the first quarter.
LC-M's offense could only muster up seven yards on the next series and once again gave PN-G great field position as the Indians set up on their own 49.
After Harmon scooted for three yards, Tatum found DeRon for 11 yards.
Two plays later it was Kyler Segura hauling in a 13-yard strike from Tatum bringing PN-G down to the LC-M 19-yard line.
Harmon ran for another three yards before Wright struck once again.
Wright went at the right side of the LC-M defense again and it paid off for a 16-yard touchdown scamper to bring the score to 21-0 with 11:11 left in the first half.
It took until right before the break for PN-G to make it 28-0 as Wright scored his third touchdown of the first half, this time from 1-yard out.
Wright had 20 yards on the 39-yard scoring drive.
The Indians' defense was equally impressive as the PN-G defense as the Bears were limited to just 26 yards of offense in the first half.
LC-M could only manage one first down, on penalties, while PN-G picked up 14 in the first half.