Patriots seek breakthrough at Porter tonight

A week ago the Goose Creek Memorial Patriots took a trip to Port Arthur and made a statement.

It told the other teams in District 9-5A I that the Patriots (2-3, 1-1) were indeed a team to watch out for after a narrow 20-12 loss at host Port Arthur Memorial.

Next, it’s on to New Caney where GCM will play a resurgent Porter Spartans squad (4-1, 2-0) at 7 tonight with a chance to payout on last week’s improvement in the near miss at PAM.

A year ago, GCM lost to PAM, 50-3, at home and the recent result is telling of where head coach Shannon Carter has his Patriots trending. 

Porter – which was 6-5 a year ago and beat GCM 52-13 – is the newest litmus test for Carter’s charges.

“They are the best defense in the league, they are well coached and play hard,” Carter said. “They have some very explosive players on offense. We will have our hands full, but we look to go out there and compete to win the game.”

Carter notes all three losses has seen the Patriots make enough mistakes that aided the opponent in pulling out victory.

“We hope we can carry that momentum from the Port Arthur second half,” Carter said. “Everyone is good and so it’s hard to win football games. We just don’t want to hurt ourselves.

“If we can execute we can live with that, but we don’t want to be victims of our own demise.”

In the PAM defeat, the Patriots rallied from a 20-2 halftime deficit behind a strong defensive effort that shut out the host Titans and put GCM in a position to drive down the field and force overtime before a it finally bogged down inside their opponent’s 40-yard-line.

Carter tinkered with some strategic points and moved starting quarterback Emerson Haywood to his natural receiver position.

“We didn’t make any adjustments defensively and just wanted to get everyone’s attention to do their jobs,” Carter said. “On offense, we moved Dylan Pitre to quarterback and Emerson to wide receiver and we were able to make some plays down the field.

“We did a lot of five-wide last week and got some looks that we like. Emerson is a great player and requires a lot of attention so we thought he would take enough attention to get others and himself open. Dylan has a good feel for the offense too. Hopefully we are on to something.”

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