It is homecoming week for the ‘Stangs and they will be ready to play, especially at home, since they haven’t played a game here in four weeks.

“We have a tradition at West Orange-Stark and we don’t lose homecoming,” Thompson said. “This is the next phase of the season with it beginning district and we’ll get after it this week, preparing for the Longhorns.”

Last week, with a 1-3 start that hasn’t happened since 1983, the Mustangs knew they had to buckle down and get the job done against Kirbyville and that is just what they did. Although Kirbyville scored first, the Mustang defense was able to keep them out of the end zone for the rest of the game and post a big 55-7 win over the 0-6  Wildcats.

“The team came out with a greater focus,” Head Coach Cornel Thompson said. “They knew we needed a win and were focused on their responsibilities and getting the job done before we ever walked on the field.”

Although the Mustangs have only lost by a total of eight points and to schools who are not “sisters of the poor,” the losses were devastating to a team who is not used to losing.
“They were tired of losing,” Thompson said. “We weren’t getting beat, we were beating ourselves. They responded positively Friday night and we are now trying to win two in a row.”
Kirbyville struck early in the game when the Wildcat quarterback Cody Goins hit running back Red Haywood on an 8 yard pass. But WO-S answered back quickly when quarterback Jimmy Salter, who completed 7 of 9 passes for 203 yards, hit Derrick Ledet in the back of the end zone for the first score of the game. Kicker Rodickson Cano, who was playing in his Mustang varsity game, hit his first of seven PATS and the teams were knotted at 7.

J’Marcus Rhodes was the next of Salter’s target, as he caught a 53-yarder to put the ‘Stangs up 14-7. Larry Sonnier caught the next one in the first quarter between two defenders from only five yards out.

The defense, who was on the field most of the night, scored two of four touchdowns during the second quarter. Junior Nathaniel Colbert snagged a punt return and returned it 70 yards for six and also caught a 34 yard pass right before the half. Abear Simien, who had a total of 96 yards for the night, scored on an 81yard pass and Travon Blanchard scored on a fumble that he returned 22 yards for six.

The only score in the second half came from a handoff from freshman quarterback Chase Rutledge to Quentin Tezeno, who took the ball 33 yards right up the middle for the final score.

Up next, the Hamshire-Fannett Longhorns, who are 1-4 on the season. But don’t be fooled by the record.

“They have some athletes and some speed,” Thompson said. “On paper, we match up pretty good. Coach Price has done a great job there with an off season program and this isn’t the typical Hamshire team we have seen in the past.”

Friday’s Homecoming festivities will kick-off with a pep rally at 3:15 in the main gym, where the sweethearts and homecoming king will be crowned. The annual tailgate party will start at 5 p.m. in the Career Center parking lot, followed by the football game with kickoff at 7 p.m. instead of the normal 7:30.

The subvarsity teams beat Kirbyville with a combined score of 121-6. The Wildcats don’t have a JV, so WO-S ninth grade were the ones to put on the show at the middle school, winning, 52-0. Isaac Aubrey scored twice on runs from 74 and 20 yards out and also scored on a two point conversion. Marco Jaganathan scored on a 40 yard run and Carlton Allen recovered a fumble in the end zone for a score. Devin Moore scored on a 50 yard run and Jermaine Mitchell picked up the two point conversion on a pass play. DeAnte Thompson put six on the board with a 25 yard fumble recovery for a score. Troy Brinson finished off the scoring from 10 yards out and Tim Lewis scored the two point conversion. The ninth grade and JV teams will face the Longhorns Thursday night at Hamshire-Fannett beginning at 5 pm.

 The WOSMS Stallions 8th grade football crushed Kirbyville 26-6. Jadarious Thompson scored 3 touchdowns. Scoring included a 21 yd TD pass from Payton Robertson, an 8yd run and an interception return. Trey Baldwin had a 67 yd run for the other score. Offensive Standouts, Dillon Gray, Mallaci Hodge, Payton Robertson – Defensive Standouts, Devon Williams, David Webb, Octavian Rhodes, Jaquerious Garrett. Thompson and Baldwin played excellent on both sides of the ball.

The 7th grade Stallions took their show on the road to Kirbyville, and what a show it was.  The mighty Stallion defense allowed no points or first downs on the night and the offense ran wild when it had the ball.  Jack Dallas got the scoring started early in the game when he scampered 30 yards for a touchdown.  On the next possession he threw a 60 yard touchdown pass to Jaylen Mathews.  Dallas connected on the first of 2 point after kicks and the Stallions led 13-0 early.  On the next drive, KJ Miller took a pitch around the right end for a 27 yard touchdown run, and he also added the 2 point conversion.  Dominic Tezeno got in on the action on the next possession with a 12 yard touchdown run.  When the Stallions got the ball back right before the half, Hunter Quebodeaux took a handoff and went 32 yards for the score and added the 2 point conversion run.  That put the Stallions up 35-0 at half time.  The offense then ran out the second half clock adding one more score on a 7 yard run from Keion Hancock with the 2 point conversion run by Justin Brown to make the final score WOS 43 Kirbyville 0.  Defensive Standouts were Josh King, Teron Brown, Nick Clark, Corey Skinner and Anthony Holman.  The Stallions record is now 2-0.  They open up district play next week at home against Hamshire-Fannett.

Spend the afternoon and evening Friday celebrating homecoming. There is sure to be lots of food, fun and cheering at the tailgate party and the game will be one you won’t want to miss.