La Porte Handles Pasadena 62-13
Updated: October 7, 2016
Bulldogs Look to Stake Claim to District 22-6A Superiority
Pasadena Veterans Stadium- The La Porte Bulldogs came out on fire against the Pasadena Eagles on Thursday night scoring five touchdowns in the first half and cruising to a 62-13 victory. It was the third week in a row they scored over 50 points against a Pasadena team:
La Porte 51, Pasadena Sam Rayburn 0
La Porte 56, Pasadena South Houston 17
The stingy La Porte defense led by University of Houston commit "The Voice" Terrel Bernard and Ziree George limited the Eagles to three first downs and 47 total yards in the first half. The Bulldogs offense was cooking also and scored a touchdown on every drive in the first half except for one that ended with an interception.
Foster Hilborn kicked off to start the game for the Bulldogs. All six of his first half kickoffs were touch backs. Hilborn is a great kicker and easily could garner first team honors if heavily recruited Pasadena Memorial Junior Bubba Bax was not in district. Bax has been on record breaker watch this whole season.
Pasadena quarterbacked by quick Senior Pablo Martinez started strong out of the gate. They garnered two first downs, but Martinez fired incomplete on 3rdand 4 from his own 41 forcing a Michael Flores punt.
La Porte struck early, often and quickly. Their five scoring drives took 1 minute 26 seconds (55 yards), 43 seconds (55 yards also), 2 minutes 19 seconds (61 yards), 1 minute exactly (84 yards) and they ran out of steam with their final one of the half with a 3 minute 40 second gasser (71 yards). Or maybe they were consuming time? Whatever……….. they did what they wanted.
Quarterback Austin Upshaw found 260 pound tight end Jadon McConnell for 22 yards to the Eagle 9 yard line to set up their first score. Running back Cobra Jones took it in from there 7-0, Bulldogs.
The Bulldog defense then took over. They forced three 3 and outs. Upshaw carried out two play fakes (handoff & jet sweep around) and found a wide open Damien Phillips on the second play of their second drive from 55 yards out, 14-0 La Porte. Their third score came after a nice Kevrin Busby 19 yard run. Upshaw hit big senior receiver Hunter Hebert for a 17 yard slant and a touchdown, 21-0 Bulldogs. On their fourth drive Upshaw and the Bulldogs had their only first half blemish. Upshaw was intercepted by Eagle Issaiah Vazquez to end the first quarter.
Pasadena tried to make something of the turnover when Pablo Martinez found Junior Austin Gonzalez for their biggest gainer of the half and 18 yards. Three plays later they were forced to punt.
The next series showed how easy La Porte’s night was. Ziree George gained 21 on first down to their 41. La Porte was then called for a 15 yard chop block pushing them back to their own 26. It was 1st and 25. They gained it all back on the next play and added 13 to it when Upshaw hit receiver Trent Ormsbee for 38. Three plays later Upshaw found Hunter Hebert in the back of the end zone for his 2nd TD of the game, 28-0.
The final score of the half occurred when Jones ran through a giant hole from four yards out, 35-0. La Porte had 16 first downs and 347 total yards in the decisive half. Upshaw finished 12-16 with 231 yards passing and 3 TDs. That was all in the first half. Hunter Hebert had 3 receptions for 40 yards and 2 TDs. While Damien Phillips had 2 for 79 yards and a touchdown.
La Porte came out strong once again to open the 2nd half. They ran the ball six plays for 52 yards and took a whopping 2 minutes 27 seconds off the clock. Ziree George, the 2 way player got his first TD of the game from 3 yards out. Coach Jeff LaReau replaced Upshaw with junior Brett Bihm. All he did was show off his speed and run for the next 2 touchdowns (38 & 46 yards). He has a nice burst.
Sandwiched between those 2 TDs the Eagles got on the board. Senior Gerald Edmond showed off his legs with a 46 yard run of his own. The Eagles longest play of the night. Then Martinez hooked up again with Austin Gonzalez on a 15 yard strike to make it, 48-7.
Jordan Davis took a Bulldogs special (jet sweep) 33 yards for their final score of the night. Pablo Martinez, who had to deal with Bulldog penetration all night, got his own TD to finish the game’s scoring. He had a 14 yard keeper, 62-13.
La Porte had 553 total yards to Pasadena’s 185. The Bulldogs ran for 322 yards and Upshaw threw for 231.
La Porte now has a bye week to prepare for one the biggest rivalry games in the city and the state - their showdown with the Deer Park Deer. This game will decide the district champion. But more importantly there will be jockeying to see who plays the Humble Atascocita/Galena Park North Shore District 21-6A loser. Either one will be a test - an undefeated Atascocita or a North Shore team that is a defending state champion. Deer Park has no bye and will face these same Pasadena Eagles next weekend after facing South Houston on this Saturday.
By Glenn McCarthy
Stats compiled by Carl Theiss
Players of the Game
Offense- Quarterbacks Austin Upshaw & Brett Bihm
Defense- Terrel Bernard
Scoring 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
La Porte 21 14 13 7 62
Pasadena 0 0 7 6 13