The home side went crazy at Battlin’ Bear Stadium when on the first play from scrimmage, the LC-M Bears quarterback Hunter Gonzales connected with running back Tevvin Jones in the middle of the field for a 58-yard pass reception to put the Bears right at the door for a score. Three plays later, Gonzales took the ball in on a quarterback sneak, giving LC-M the lead with just a couple of minutes ticked off of the clock.
The Mustangs answered back with four scores of their own before LC-M was able to hit pay dirt again. However, the much improved Bears still fell short and WO-S was able to take home the Rotary Club’s Orange Bowl trophy for the sixth time in the history of the trophy as the Mustangs won, 28-14.
After the Mustang defense was shaken up a little with LC-M’s first score, the offense got down to business on the next drive, with running back Britton Lindsey setting things up 10 yards out with several rushes before senior Trey Franks took the snap and sprinted around the left side for the score. A Justin Sparrow PAT was good and the game was tied, 7-7.
The next Mustang score was set up off of an LC-M field goal attempt that fell a little short. Senior James Haynes scooped up the ball in the end zone and raced for 70 yards before being brought down. The Mustangs were able to hit the end zone when quarterback Reggie Garrett raced around the corner from two yards out on a fourth and two situation. Sparrow’s PAT was good and the first quarter ended with the Mustangs up, 14-7.
The Bears were still in the game, moving the ball through the air when sophomore DeCarlos Renfro stepped in front of a Gonzales pass to give the Mustangs back the ball. Only a couple of plays later, the Mustangs coughed up the ball, with the Bears knocking on the door for the score. However, Franks would again step up to the plate as he jumped in front of yet another pass at the three yard line on a big fourth down play.
The Mustangs were able to capitalize on the interception, when Garrett hit receiver Mark Roberts down the Bear sideline for 47 yards to set up shop midfield on the next play. Lindsey again used his fancy footwork and moved the ball down within the red zone before Garrett hit sophomore Robert Redd in the endzone for the score. WO-S led at the half, 21-7.
After a wonderful half time performance by both bands and drill teams, the Mustangs again took the ball and moved it down the field with a Garrett to Roberts pass, 54 yards, and a 7 yard run by Lindsey to go up, 28-7.
The Bears were again able to pull off a touchdown after a bobbled punt was recovered on their 15 yard line to set up the score. A few plays later, Casey Burleigh flew over the top for six and kicker Garhett Boneaux’s PAT was good to put the score at 28-14.
“I was pleased with our effort against LC-M. We made some mistakes that we must correct with four turnovers,” Head Coach Dan Hooks said. “Our kids are giving a great effort and are definitely focused on their goal-a district championship and beyond!”
With the Orange Bowl victory behind them, the Mustangs know that the Kirbyville Wildcats are ready to play, having missed the game last year due to Hurricane Ike. Kirbyville is coming off a huge 31-22 loss to Jasper. The Wildcats were up at the half, 22-7 before Jasper came back with 18 unanswered points in the second half to win the game.
The Mustangs will play host to the Wildcats, Friday night at 7:30 pm at Dan R. Hooks stadium. Tickets will be on sale Wednesday – 1-3pm, Thursday – 9-12 & 1-3pm and Friday – 9-12. Ticket prices are $5 for Adults and $2 for students. All tickets at the gate are $5.
The sub varsity teams set the pace for Friday’s win, with big wins of their own against the Bears. The ninth grade won, 29-6.
Tremaine Anderson scored on a 2-yard run and also scored on the two-point conversion. Alex Sezar scored on a 96-yard run around the left side. Ar’Tevin McDonald scored on a 2-yard run and also scored the two-point conversion. Joe Lynch scored the last touchdown for the ninth grade team on a 2-yard run and Jerquis Beasley kicked the extra point. Offensive standouts were Anderson, Sezar, McDonald, Lynch, Beasley and Austin Rutledge. Defensive standouts were Colin Janice, Beasley, William Moore, Quinton Tezeno and Tyron Como. The ninth grade coaches are Randy Ragsdale, Shea Landry and Michael Collins.
The JV team won 36-6. Louvanstie Mouton scored twice- a five-yard run and 53-yard run. Quarterback Jimmy Salter scored on a quarterback sneak and also 2-two point conversions. Abear Simien scored on a 73-yard run and Ernest Williams scored on a 16-yard run. Offensive standouts, besides these, were Brilon Douglas, Luke Domas, Ian Jenkins, Derrick Ledet and Brandon Forward. Defensive standouts were Daniel Woodson, Matthew Lackey, Jenkins, Travon Blanchard and Julius Knolley. The JV team is coached by the varsity coaches.
The ninth and JV teams will play Thursday in Kirbyville. The valleyball teams are also seeing a lot of success this season. The will face Memorial and Kirbyville on Friday at home and Newton next Tuesday at home before district starts on September 22. Come out and support the Mustangs. There is something going on at West Orange-Stark High School most every night of the week.