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409Sports Two-A-Days 2020: Port Neches-Groves

Indians facing gauntlet to prepare for tough district race

PORT NECHES, Texas — Like other large schools in our area, Port Neches-Groves' summer program became a lot longer than expected when the UIL pushed their practices back to September.

That delay has Coach Brandon Faircloth even more anxious for the season.

"We're excited. To have this opportunity to spend time with these guys over June, July and August. We're extremely excited about September 7th, ready to put a helmet on, look like a real football team at that point. We've had great workouts, we're excited to be out here."

The Indians return plenty of experience from a seven win team that just missed out on a share of the district title

"We have a great senior class returning. A lot of guys may have not been starters last year, but they were on the varsity and got a lot of good reps on special teams or late in games. I mean you'll hear the regular names. Blake Bost, Lance Vaughn, Dean Guidry, Christian Sullivan. You know we've had a lot of seniors that have played a lot of time since their sophomore year. We're extremely excited about this year. I hate naming names because I'm going to leave somebody out."

PNG is preparing for a district that includes two top-ten ranked teams, by playing a tough non-district schedule. 

"I mean in order to get ready for our district we've got to play tough opponents. So our non-district schedule is all about preparing us for district. Like you said we've got a great, tough district and the only way to prepare for that is play tough people. So Port Arthur Memorial, Beaumont United and Tomball. Three great coaches, great coaching staffs. Obviously great teams. So they're going to definitely get us ready for our district season."

PORT NECHES-GROVES INDIANS
Last Year: (7-4, 5-2)
Bi-District Finalist
Playoff Results: Fort Bend Marshall (L 48-14)
Starters Returning: Offense (5), Defense (4)
Players to Watch: QB Blake Bost, WR Brady Nail, LB Christian Sullivan, TE Ryan Sosa, LB Dean Guidry, RB Lance Vaughn
HISTORY
District Championships: (27) 1933, 34, 38, 41, 46, 47, 52, 53, 54, 55, 61, 68, 74, 75, 76, 77, 92, 96, 99, 2003, 04, 07, 09, 15, 16, 17, 18
Playoff Appearances: (35) 1933, 34, 38, 41, 46, 47, 52, 53, 54, 55, 61, 68, 74, 75, 76, 77, 89, 90, 92, 96, 98, 99, 2003, 05, 07, 09, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19
Playoff Record: (50-29-1)
State Championships: (3) 1953, 55, 75
State Finalist: (3) 1954, 77, 99
Most Wins in a Season: (14) 1975, 77, 99
Undefeated Regular Seasons: (5) 1940, 46, 76, 77, 2009
Dave Campbell's Texas Football 12-5A-DII Prediction: 3rd
State Ranking: 22

SCHEDULE
Sept. 25 - vs Port Arthur Memorial Titans
Oct. 2 - at Beaumont United Timberwolves
Oct. 9 - vs Tomball Cougars
Oct. 16 - OPEN
Oct. 23 - at Nederland Bulldogs*
Oct. 30 - vs Dayton Broncos*
Nov. 6 - at Barbers Hill Eagles*
Nov. 13 - vs Kingwood Park Panthers*
Nov. 20 - at Crosby Cougars*
Nov. 27 - at Texas City Stingarees*
Dec. 4 - vs Santa Fe Indians*
(District Game*)