The Port Arthur News
PORT ARTHUR —
Channelview at Port Arthur Memorial
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: Memorial Stadium
Records: Memorial (5-0, 1-0 District 21-5A); Channelview (1-4, 0-1)
Last year: Memorial 47-44
Series: Memorial leads 5-1
Radio : Legacysportsnetwork.com with pregame show 30 minutes before kickoff.
Memorial capsule: Titans opened district play with a win last week, despite Deer Park’s late rally. It was the first time the Titans had given up over 200 yards rushing since the state semifinal game last year against Cibolo Steele . . . Still, the Titan defense took over the district lead in yards allowed at 233. North Shore trails at 235 while Channelview has the district’s third-best defense at 284 yards per game allowed. … Halfway through the season, Titan quarterback Ricky Fisk has thrown for 778 yards and six TDs while running for another 488 yards and nine TDs … If Fisk continues on his current pace, he’ll become the fifth player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season and the fifth to pass for over 1,500 yards. … Receiver John Leday has picked up another scholarship offer recently from Southeast Louisiana. … Titans kicker Ricardo Estupinan has been limited in recent weeks, limiting him to just field goals and PATs. Junior receiver Tayylor Labrie has filled in admirably for him on both kickoffs and punts. Labrie is leading the district in punting average at 38.2 yards per punt. La Porte’s Eric Medina is close behind at 38.1.
Channelview capsule: Falcons went 5-5 last season and 1-4 in district play. This year, Channelview lost to Kingwood Park 21-0 to open the season before beating Humble 21-13. The Falcons have lost their last three games, falling 49-12 to Pasadena Memorial, 28-7 to Aldine and 59-7 to North Shore … After passing for 350 yards per game last season, Falcons have managed just 180 yards of total offense on average through half the season …. Part of Channelview’s struggles the past few weeks has been due to injuries. Channelview head coach Averion Hurts said he’s been missing three or four starters on defense since Week 2, which has hurt a unit that started out the year as one of this team’s strengths. … Senior running back Matthew Williams leads the Falcons in rushing with 44 carries for 203 yards and a TD. Williams is also the team’s leading receiver, with 13 catches for 100 yards. … Falcons have used multiple quarterbacks this season as they try to settle a position held by Averion Hurts’ son, Averion, last season. Junior Trevin Watson has completed 19 of 47 passes for 150 yards and two TDs this season while senior Kevshaud Busby has completed 14 of 31 for 127 yards and two INTs.
Harrison said : “Channelview played us tough last year. That team plays hard. What people may not realize is that their record does not reflect how hard that team plays. That’s year in and year out. They don’t just get up to play Memorial, they’ve just had more success against us than other teams. They’ve had some injuries and have rotated some different QBs in there, but they can be explosive. Once they get all their athletes on the field, they’ll be a very tough team.”
Hurts said : “We have traditionally played well against Memorial and we hope to do the same this year. We’re inexperienced at a number of positions on offense and we’re still trying to get a feel for the chemistry on that side of the ball. We’ve also had a lot of injuries. We haven’t been able to put our starting 11 on the field defensively since Week 2. We’re not a deep team, so those injuries hurt.”