Although the score was nothing close to the same as last year, the Orangefield Bobcats played the game like they always do against the Mustangs-48 minutes of hard-nosed football, and this year, they were able to score 14 like they did last year, but were able to hold the Mustangs to just 17.

“Give Orangefield credit,” Head Coach Cornel Thompson said. “They have a hard offense to play and they did a good job with it. They always play us four quarters and never give up, but we were able to bow up when it got down to the nitty gritty and keep them from tying the game with that missed field goal.”

After trading punts in the first quarter, the Bobcats were able to strike first when quarterback Jimmy Salter was pressured in the back field and threw an interception to OF’s Levi Shores who took it 16 yards for six. The Mustangs answered back in the second quarter with a pick of their own as DeCarlos Renfro caught the only Orangefield completion of the night and took it 80 yards to put the Mustangs on the board. Kicker Jerquis Beasley hit the PAT and WO-S was up, 7-6.

The “never give up” Bobcats played the clock game and moved the ball down the field, scoring just before the half to go up, 14-7.

Utilizing the legs of running back Britton Lindsey, the Mustangs answered back right after the half with a 30-yard run up the middle to tie the game. Just minutes later, Renfro caught a crucial 29 yard pass on third down to set the Mustangs up down close to the goal. After three incomplete passes, Beasley tacked three on with a 21-yard field goal.

“We have to put Orangefield behind us and look forward to Bridge City on Friday night,” Thompson said. “We have to move the ball better this week.”

Bridge City (6-1) is coming off of a 6-0 win over Silsbee (6-1). The game was tied at zero until late in the third quarter when quarterback Matt Menard completed an 11-yard pass to Tyler Roberts for the score.

“Bridge City is a spread team with all of their skill people back from last year,” Thompson said. “Several of those guys have been starting for three or four years.”

Bridge City’s offense is averaging 357 yards per game while the WO-S Chain Gang defense is limiting opponents to 213. The WO-S offense is churning out 296 yards per game while the Cardinal defense is limiting opponents to just 208.

The game is set for a 7 p.m. start time at Dan R. Hooks Stadium. Tickets for the home side can be purchased Wednesday 1-3, Thursday 9-12 and 1-3 and Friday morning 9-12.

The Middle School Stallions swept Orangefield this past week at Orangefield while both the ninth grade and JV teams lost at home. Scoring for the ninth grade was Grant LaPointe on a two-yard run and Dee Wofford on a 16-yard pass and scoring for the JV team was Will Johnson with a 3-yard run and Maurice Morris with a 20-yard reception for six. Dwain Boullard scored the two-point conversion. Ninth grade lost to Orangefield’s JV, 18-12 while the JV lost to Jasper, 22-14.

The seventh grade B team (4-0) defeated Orangefield, 36-0. Scoring for the Stallions was Ronald Carter 26 yard run, Devin Ivey 22 yard run – two-point run was good, Keondrick Barlow 23 yard fumble return for touchdown, Jaden Robinson 43 yard run – two-point run by D’Cobien Dorsey, Carter 20 yard run-two-point run by Carter. Defensive Standouts were Skylar Roberts, Tarek Riley, Victor Willie, Brandon Jenkins. The seventh grade A team (4-0, 2-0) defeated Orangefield, 34-0. Scoring for the Stallions on the night was KJ Miller 51-yard run, Jack Dallas 22-yard run – 2 point conversion run by Miller, Keyshawn Holman 3-yard run, Miller 81-yard run, Dominic Tezeno 12-yard run-two-point conversion run by Keion Hancock. Offensive standouts were Malick Phillips, Jalen Powdrill, and Justin Brown. Defensive standouts were Tezeno – interception, Dakota Quebodeaux, Corey Skinner, Tre Guillory.

The eighth grade Stallions started off the night slow by giving up 16 unanswered points. They then settled down, and drove the ball down the field and Trey Baldwin capped off the drive with a 6 yard run. Dillon Sterling added the two-point conversion making the score, 16-8. The defense then took over and Baldwin intercepted a pass and returned it 61-yards for a touchdown. The conversion failed and the score stood, 16-14. In the third quarter the Stallion offense stalled and that is when Baldwin took the fake punt, on 4th and 18, 42 yards for the score! The conversion failed. The defense continued to bend and not break keeping the Bobcats out of the end zone until the fourth quarter when they tied it up, 22-22 and the Stallion D once again answered the call by denying the 2pt conversion. With 57 seconds left in the game the Stallions started their drive on their own 14 yard line. On 3rd and 1 with 13 seconds left, Trey Baldwin went the distance of 82 yards for the score with no time on the clock! The Stallions won the game, 28-22. Standouts on offense are Malacci Hodge, Tristen Scott, Baldwin, and Kobe Kolbert. Defensive standouts were JaDarris Thompson, Dillion Sterling, Ledarian Carter, TJ Rhodes, and JaVontae Johnson. (Thanks to the middle school coaches for the write-ups!)

The Lady Mustang volleyball team will wrap up their season at home Friday with a 4:30 start time at the Mustang gym. The four seniors, Ashleigh Kelly, Jada Semien, Quinice Austin and Athenee Jefferson will be honored before the game.

Please come out and support Mustang athletics this week. The middle school football teams will play at home Thursday while the freshmen and JV teams will play in Bridge City. Varsity football and volleyball will play home. Remember to cheer on the team and leave the bad-mouthing at home. These are 15, 16, 17 and 18-year olds that are representing WO-S and they need the crowd to yell for them.