Texas First Bank hosts Bum Phillips Bowl trophy this week – Reuters

Texas First Bank hosts the Bum Phillips Bowl trophy this week

Posted 9:01 am Monday, September 5, 2022

Texas First Bank Mid County is the place to visit this week to see the Bum Phillips Bowl trophy up close.

“We are thrilled to be able to participate with the community in such a big game,” said John Morrell, Regional Loans President. “I graduated from one of the schools, and that’s also something meaningful for me. We are delighted to have the trophy and to be able to show it to customers and the community.

The bank is closed today in honor of Labor Day, but the lobby will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday at 10607 Memorial Blvd. at Pot Arthur.

Members of the Texas First Bank team have fun with the Bum Phillips Bowl trophy this week. (Candace Hemelt/The News)

Morrell, a 2000 graduate of Port Neches-Groves High School, is shooting for his alma mater.

Bank employees; however, are a mix of PNG and Nederland High School fans.

Texas First Bank is an independent family bank. There are banking centers in Beaumont, Fannett and Winnie, and they offer full service.

Services include everything from commercial loans and small business loans to home, auto and home loans.

Morrell said Texas First Bank was pleased to host the trophy and participate in the event with the community.

The big game, dubbed Mid County Madness, kicks off at 7 p.m. on Oct. 28 in Port Neches.

In honor of Phillips, The Port Arthur News, run by Bob West, presented the Bum Phillips Bowl trophy a few years ago. Awarded to the winner of Mid-County Madness, the unique trophy features a football with Phillips’ signature cowboy hat on top.

Many teenagers playing for the Bulldogs or Indians today may not know the details of the trophy’s history, but the passion they play for is evident.

Nederland High School won the 2021 contest, as the Bulldogs beat PNG 38-28.

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