Port Neches-Groves Scores Game’s Last 27 Points to Rout Chapel Hill, 41-10
LUFKIN -- After exchanging punches in the early going, the Chapel Hill Bulldogs simply had no answer for an explosive Port Neches-Groves squad as the Indians scored the last 27 points of the game on their way to a dominating 41-10 win at Lufkin's John Outlaw Memorial Field at Abe Martin Stadium on Friday night.
PNG quarterback Adam Morse was unstoppable through the air as he completed 26-of-30 passes on his way to 332 yards and three touchdowns while also running for another score.
The speedy Kody Cropper ran for 118 yards and a touchdown and also hauled in a 19-yard touchdown pass as the PNG attack racked up 523 yards of total offense while holding Chapel Hill to 198 yards.
Chapel Hill was led by Adrian Miner, who finished with 84 yards on six carries, but the key in the game was the ineffectiveness of the passing game as Tanner Heckel was held to 52 yards on 8-of-17 passing with two interceptions.
The Indians set the tone for the night on the opening drive of the game with Morse hitting Kody Cropper for a 19-yard touchdwon pass that made it 7-0.
Chapel Hill used a fast-paced offense to answer right back, driving 70 yards in seven plays with JaBraylon Franklin racing in untouched from 23 yards to knot the score at 7-7.
After PNG was forced to punt, the Indians got the ball back when Nathan Vidrine had an interception near midfield.
The Indians took advantage wth Morse hitting Keynel McZeal over the middle for a 16-yard touchdown pass and a 14-7 advantage.
Chapel Hill pulled closer on the strong leg of Austin Fendrick. A 47-yard field goal was taken off the board due to a timeout. However, he wasnt fazed, nailing a second try to narrow the gap to 14-10.
That momentum didnt last long as Cole Girouard returned the following kickoff 65 yards to set up another PNG score.
Morse called his own number and was slowed down at the line of scrimmage before breaking to the outside. He then leveled a Chapel Hill defender at the goal line for a six-yard score and a 21-10 lead.
Cropper showed his big-play ability again, sprinting through a big hole in the middle and sprinting 50 yards for a score that made it 28-10.
A late turnover gave Chapel Hill a chance to narrow the gap before the half but a lost fumble kept the score at 28-10.
The Indians controlled much of the action in the first half, gaining 290 yards. A pair of turnovers were the only times the offense didnt score. Meanwhile Chapel Hill had 106 yards of offense.
In the second half, Chapel Hill was on the verge of making things interesting before PNGs Parker Schults intercepted a pass near the end zone.
The Indians made them pay for that mistake by driving 77 yards on 11 plays on a drive that was capped by a Jace Runnels eight-yard touchdown run that made it 35-10 after the first play of the fourth quarter.
The Indians added a final score with 8:10 left on a 14-yard touchdown pass from More to Jake Giblin.
Chapel Hill (0-4) will go after its first win of the season on Friday night when it travels to Tatum. PNG (2-1) travels to Lee on Friday night.