PNG in playoff position with two games to go – Port Arthur News
PORT NECHES – The Port Neches-Groves Indians are in control of their own destiny with two games left in the regular season.
The Indians (5-3, 3-2 in District 12-5A Division II) will face Texas City (7-1, 4-1) at The Reservation at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
PNG is currently tied with Nederland and Barbers Hill. Due to the point differential in the matches played between the teams, Nederland is currently away and has to start a game on PNG or Barbers Hill.
Over the next two games, PNG will face Texas City, which is ranked No. 2 in the district, and Santa Fe, which is last. Barbers Hill plays Dayton and Texas City. The Netherlands will end their season with Crosby.
If the teams with a higher total of wins win their matches (which means no upsets), PNG will take the third seed in the playoffs.
PNG could move into the No. 2 seed with a victory over Texas City on Friday, but it will be a tough task.
The Stingarees have the best defense in the district, which has limited opponents to 180 yards per game. As a benchmark, Nederland has the second-place defense, allowing for 295 yards per game.
PNG head coach Brandon Faircloth said the defense was jumping on the film.
“They are stunning,” he said. “They have very good players. They have a really strong defensive line, good linebackers and a really good secondary. They are well supervised. They have a great formula. They are really physical.
The Stings have the two best interceptors in the district at Donovin Carraway (6) and Donovin Avery (4). The two also returned picks for scores.
Faircloth said his side must be able to overcome last week’s erupted loss to Crosby.
“Our message is always to take it one day at a time,” he said. “We have to have good practices. This is the key to playing well on Friday night. We have two big games left and everyone else too. We have to work every day to find ways to improve ourselves.
Faircloth said the health of the team is also important for any teams who feel exhausted at the end of a long season.
The PNG offense has arrived as the end of the season approaches. The Indians have the unit in third place, averaging just under 400 yards per game.
It will be the last home game for the Indians. Faircloth said his players will need to play excellent team defense to secure a victory on Friday.
“It’s about playing defense and getting turnovers,” he said. “These things are going to be really, really important. Offensively, we can’t put our defense in the wrong places. We have to move the football and get the first tries and gain the position on the pitch. We have to protect the ball and find a way to get turnovers.
Turnovers won’t be easy for PNG, which ranks near the bottom of the district in the category. Stings are second in the revenue margin with over 12.