Although the monumental 21-16 win over the Bridge City Cardinals was a team effort, three underclassmen stepped up and made plays that helped secure the win. Juniors JaMarcus Rhodes had three punts that pinned the Cardinals down past the 10-yard line, two almost at the end zone. Junior Quentin Tezeno scored two of three touchdowns and junior Jhayllien Monette had the crucial sack that kept Bridge City from scoring with 25 seconds left in the game.

“Our effort this week was a great effort,” Head Coach Cornel Thompson said. “We played hard for a full 48 minutes, which we haven’t done every game. We really played smart.”

Bridge City started the game off with a touchdown from their first play from scrimmage.

Quarterback Matt Menard hit Cameron Dishon off the right side and Dishon took it 81-yards to put the Cardinals up, 6-0.

On the Mustangs’ first offensive series, Rhodes was forced to punt and with the help of teammates Nathaniel Colbert and Taywaun Lucas was able to pin the ball on the 1-yard line. BC couldn’t get out of that hole and were forced to punt.

Tezeno struck for the first time when he snagged the punt and took it 37 yards for six. Kicker Jerquis Beasley hit the PAT and the Mustangs were on top, 7-6.

On their next possession, the Cardinals moved the ball down the field and were able to score on a 8-yard pass from Menard to Dishon. Kicker Daniel Faulk’s kick was good and WO-S, 13-7.
BC, however, hadn’t learned its lesson and kicked off straight to Tezeno, who went 73 yards down the Cardinal sideline to return the ball for another touchdown. Beasley’s kick was again good and the Mustangs ended the first quarter up, 14-13.

“I was able to score twice by following my blocks from my teammates,” Tezeno said.

The Cardinals were able to get on the board for the last time with a 29-yard field goal by Faulk after stalling with a little more than two minutes left in the third period.

On the Mustangs next possession, quarterback Jimmy Salter and company marched down the field, but as soon as they neared the red zone, were penalized two plays in a row. On second and 27, Salter found a well-covered Larry Sonnier just over the goal line and a good Beasley PAT put the Mustangs up for good, 22-16.

The Mustangs seemed to have things made with just a couple minutes left in the game when the Cardinals went for it on fourth down and didn’t make it. However, the Mustang offense was stopped on a fourth and one and BC took one more opportunity to try to win the game. Menard got the ball all the way down to the 23 but on fourth and four, Monette shot threw the Cardinal offensive line and sacked Menard, saving the game for WO-S.

“The win at least gives us the Co-Champs title,” Thompson said. “One of the biggest positives from the Bridge City game was the effort we gave. We came out and maintained our effort all 48 minutes.”

This week, the Mustangs will face Silsbee (7-1, 2-1). The Tigers have only lost to Bridge City, 0-6. The Tigers have several key players in running back Floyd Spearman, free safety Garrett Drake and quarterback Pat Reed.

“We will have to have the same effort and more than last week because Silsbee is more athletic than Bridge City,” Thompson said. “We will have to have a phenomenal effort on the road and put together two great games in a row.

The Mustangs will play at Silsbee with a district start time of 7 p.m. Tickets for the visitor side will only be sold at the gate.

The subvarsity teams split wins and losses with the Cardinals. The JV team lost, 24-8, while the freshmen team won, 22-6, at Larry Ward Stadium. The eighth graders won, 38-0 and the seventh B team won, 48-0 while the seventh A team lost a hard fought game, 22-18. (Thanks to all of those coaches who keep me updated with the scores.)

The Lady Mustang volleyball team currently sits in a three-way tie for second place after defeating the Lady Cardinals in five games on Friday. The Lady Basketball team has already hit the hardwood with the boys starting on Wednesday.

Good luck to all Mustang athletes this week! There will only be one game on Thursday as the JV team will take on Silsbee at Dan R. Hooks Stadium as long as the weather cooperates. The middle school games and varsity football game will be played in Silsbee. Come support Mustang football!