NEW CANEY — It was a sold-out crowd for the “Battle Line on 59” but New Caney’s Eagles made it a one-sided of a battle, shutting out Porter High School’s Spartans 28-0 Friday night at Texan Drive Stadium.
The Eagles set the tone of the game early, dominating time of possession on their way to two first quarter offensive scores. Running backs AJ Sanders and Sam Jones pounded the Porter defense en route to 159 yards combined on the night. New Caney scored through the air, on the ground and off a pick six on their way to a 21-0 halftime lead.
Porter had a chance to get going with a promising drive to start the second half after the Spartan defense forced a fumble on New Caney’s opening possession of the half. However, the Eagles defense stood their ground. Two New Caney drives later, quarterback Jordan Cooper ran it in from 29 yards out to give the Eagles a 28-0 lead. After a tough performance last week against Barbers Hill, the reigning 2016 district MVP bounced back from last week’s rough performance against Barbers Hill.
“We got kind of whupped last week. Barbers Hill really took it to us,” Head Coach Brady Pennington said following the game. “For our kids to come back and play the way they did, really proud of them for doing that. We went back to work this week and our kids were big up front and our young secondary played lights-out tonight.”
The two-way players came up big as Dwight McGlothern, AJ Sanders and AJ Skero were all key factors in tonight’s win. Skero finished with four sacks from his defensive end position and made pivotal plays at wide receiver. Overall, New Caney defense tallied seven sacks and two picks, one for a touchdown. Sanders also came up big with, as he intercepted a Porter pass to seal the game.
With the win, New Caney locked up the first seed in Division 1-5A playoffs and will matchup with undefeated Crosby next week for a share of the district championship. Porter falls to 6-2 on the season and is still looking for their first win in the new rivalry.
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