(Orange, Texas)

October 15, 2013

Vidor's Smith, Niemczynski net Players of the Week

Van Wade
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — Vidor running back Sage Smith is The Orange Leader’s Offensive Player of the Week while teammate linebacker Steve Niemczynski is The Defensive Player of the Week after both had outstanding performances in the Pirates’ 59-20 District 20-4A victory over Lumberton last week.

Smith shredded the Raiders’ defense for 218 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries.

Smith went over the 1,000-yard plateau in the win. He now has 1,058 yards and 13 TDs for the season.

Niemczynski collected a interception, also recovered a fumble and blocked an extra-point as the Pirates got a much-needed victory.

Other noteworthy performers last week was Vidor tailback Jeremy Stephenson, who had 158 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries. Bridge City quarterback Chase Shugart passed for 210 yards and a touchdown and also added 81 yards on eight carries. Orangefield’s Dylan Gray had 127 yards on 12 totes. Bridge City receiver Malcolm Busby hauled in five receptions for 61 yards.