The long, bus ride home was quiet-no music, no talking…just thinking, reflecting, planning.
The Saturday game against the Giddings Buffaloes did not turn out as the Mustangs had planned. The 14-6 loss was devastating, the 1-3 start even more so.

But one thing about the Mustangs, they know how to regroup and reload. So don’t count them out just yet. With one of the toughest non-district schedules in the state of Texas, the games have just prepared them for what’s to come, especially on the next level.

The Mustangs outgained the Buffs in all aspects with the Chain Gang defense playing a superb game. Giddings was held to six first downs and only 141 total yards, with 69 of those coming on one touchdown pass. The Mustangs had 16 first downs with 283 total yards but could only get close to the end zone. Kicker Jerquis Beasley hit two field goals from 30 and 32 yards out for the only scores of the game. WO-S also improved on penalties with only five for 38 yards, while Giddings had seven for 66 yards.

“We just didn’t mentally prepare ourselves,” junior Joe Lynch said. “We are already working hard in practice this week preparing for Friday’s game against Kirbyville. You can be sure we will be ready.”

Next up for the Mustangs is Kirbyville. The Wildcats are 0-4 after making it to the 3A regional semifinal game last year. But, don’t be fooled. The Wildcats will be hungry for a win and prepared to face the Mustangs.

“Kirbyville is a tough place to win,” Head Coach Cornel Thompson said. “We must prepare ourselves to win.”

According to Thompson, the Wildcats run a multiple offense scheme and a pressure defense, similar to what Giddings ran last week.

“We have to respond,” Thompson said. “This is our last tune-up before district and we have to start playing better if we want to win district.”

The combined team of the freshmen and JV beat Memorial’s JV last Thursday, 47-0. Kane Tezeno scored six touchdowns, running for 12 yards, 1 yard, 5 yards, 50 yards and 2 yards. Maurice Morris scored from 31 yards out and Aaron Ray picked up a fumble and scored for the final touchdown of the game. Rodikson Cano made five PATs. Offensive standouts include Will Johnson, Chase Rutledge and Ray. Defensive standouts are Desmond Davis, Deionte’ Thompson (INT), Morris (INT), Cano and Ike Aubrey (fumble recovery.) The JV is now 4-0 on the season.

Don’t give up on the Mustangs. Be there in Kirbyville at 7:30 p.m. Friday night ready to cheer them on and see a great game of smash-mouth Mustang football.