The Orange Leader
After getting back on the winning track last week, the Vidor Pirates will be seeking a huge win at home Friday to stay in the thick of the District 20-4A playoff race when they play host to the Beaumont Central Jaguars.
The Pirates (3-3, 1-2) are coming off a much-needed 59-20 victory on the road at Lumberton after they had dropped three straight contests.
Meanwhile, the Jaguars (3-3, 2-1) will be looking to shake off a gut-wrenching 31-29 triple overtime defeat at the hands of Port Neches-Groves.
Central is tied with PN-G, Little Cypress-Mauriceville and Beaumont Ozen for second-place, a game behind first-place Nederland, while the Pirates are in sixth but just a game back of second.
Vidor coach Jeff Mathews watched his squad gut the Raiders for 564 total yards last Friday, including 544 of it via the ground game.
Tailback Sage Smith went over the 1,000-yard mark he rushed for 218 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries. He now has 1,058 yards and 13 touchdowns for the campaign.
He had plenty of help as well as fellow back Jeremy Stephenson zipped for 158 yards and two TDs on 13 carries while Patrick Dorn and Haylon Leckelt combined for 129 more yards on 14 totes.
The Pirate defense held the Raiders to 234 total yards, 176 of it coming in the air. Pirate Steven Niedmczynski had a interception, a fumble recovery and a blocked extra-point.
After notching 20-4A wins against Ozen and Lumberton, the Jaguars almost pulled one out at The Reservation at PN-G before falling just short to the Indians.
Coach Toby Foreman’s Jaguars have been very balanced this year and had 177 yards rushing and 167 passing in the loss to the Indians.
Quarterback Michael Jacquet passed for 167 yards and two TDs at PN-G. Receiver Garrison Mitchell had five grabs for 82 yards while tailback Kamon Darby had 88 yards on 22 carries.
Central held PN-G to 296 yards, 194 of it on the ground though as Indian tailback Brant Halfin had 197 yards on 39 carries.
The Pirates turned back the Jaguars 40-21 in Beaumont last year. The Pirates racked up 421 yards with Montana Quirante rushing for 240 yards and six TDs on 22 carries.
The Pirates will visit PN-G next week while the Jaguars welcome in Nederland.