The Friday before two-a-days started on August 2, several Mustang football players got up at the crack of dawn and ran from Kroger’s parking lot to the Mustang field house. Usually after this run, pictures are taken by the weight room of all the participants, but not this year…team leader Reggie Garrett was very upset that more of his team, especially the seniors, didn’t show up to participate and some of those who did, didn’t give it their best.

On the way back to his car, he told those he was riding with how disappointed he was. He also told those three that by the end of regular season, the team would have the heart to win like he did…he would make sure of it.

After getting shut out by Dayton in the first scrimmage of the year, the team turned themselves around and began to play with heart. And now, as they approach the third phase of the season, playoffs, it can honestly be said, that this team plays with heart, the heart Reggie spoke of. Just ask Hardin Jefferson.

Friday night, every Mustang player saw action on the field-from the starters that play every week to those JV players that were only moved up last week. The Mustangs took the opening kick-off to the end zone for six and never looked back. By the end of the first quarter, WO-S was up 42-0 and most of the starters on offense were out for the night.

“Our kids played super Friday night,” Head Coach Dan Hooks said. “We were able to play our JV kids and give them some experience at the varsity level. We didn’t have a lot of mistakes and everything is running pretty smooth.”

The Mustangs won, 70-0, after running a continuous clock the entire second half. Nine Mustangs scored, with senior Bryce Crew going 8 for 8 on PATs. In the win, WO-S racked up 454 total offensive yards while holding the Hawks to just 67.

The three-headed monster in Britton Lindsey, Darius Mitchell and Darius Robinson only accounted for 11 carries for 112 yards. The rest of the yardage went to underclassmen who literally took the ball and ran. Former JV standout players Ar’Tevin McDonald, Abear Simien, Tremaine Anderson and Larry Sonnier accounted for most of the yardage from the beginning of the second quarter to the end.

“I still can’t say enough about our coaches,” Hooks said. “When district started, they really kept the players focused and we just haven’t had a lot of mistakes. To quote Mack Brown, ‘You can’t be physical if you aren’t focused’.”

But it’s time to put that big win aside and concentrate on the first play-off game against the Liberty Panthers, who are 5-5 on the season, losing in their last district game, 56-7, to the Coldspring Trojans. The Mustangs last faced the Panthers in 2006 in the first round of the playoffs and WO-S won, 63-0. The Panthers are led by running back Darrin Edwards and receiver Jordan Jones.

The Mustangs will be the home team in the matchup on Friday, November 12th at 7:30pm at Provost Umphrey Stadium (Lamar University). Tickets will be on sale in the Athletic Office on Thursday, November 11 from 9-12 & 1-3pm and on Friday, November 12th from 9-12 only. Ticket prices are $6 for Adults and $3 for students. All tickets at the gate are $6.

The JV, who combined with the 9th grade, also finished up their season as district champs, defeating HJ’s JV, 46-0. Quinton Tezeno scored on an 11 yard run and Will Johnson’s had two 2pt runs that were good. John Scott scored on a 2 yard run and Tezeno ran the 2pt conversion in. Tezeno also scored on a 12 yard run and a 55 yard punt return. Eric Guillory passed to Scott for a PAT and also scored on a 1 yard run. Andrew Locks scored on a 6 yard run for the last TD and Guillory’s pass to Avi Muhammad for the PAT was good. Defensive standouts were Caleb Collins, Caleb Franklin, Julius Knolley and Mathew Lackey. Offensive Standouts besides those scoring were Maceo Mouton, Josh Klinkhammer and Ra’Shawn Williams. The varsity coaches, along with the freshman coaches who are Randy Ragsdale, Shea Landry and Jason Wilkins, coach both teams.

Although the JV and freshman games are over on Thursday nights, this Thursday Mustang fans can gather at the main high school gym for a Community Pep Rally at 6 pm. Come out and support the Mustangs as they make a run for a state title.
However, first things first. Liberty Panthers, here we come!!