Friday afternoon, only one thing stood in the way of the Mustangs capturing their fifth district title in six years-the Hardin Jefferson Hawks. But the Mustangs made quick work of the Hawks, proving why they are 5-0 in district and taking their game to the next phase of the game-play-offs.

The 58-6 win puts the Mustangs facing the Cleveland Indians (7-3, 4-2) Saturday at 1 pm at Stallworth Stadium in Baytown.

The Mustangs came out strong against the Hawks and never let up. JaMarcus Rhodes caught a 22-yard pass from quarterback Jimmy Salter to put the Mustangs up, 6-0, on WO-S’s first offensive play. Rhodes also scored later in the first period on a 6-yard pass from Salter and also on a 30-yard pass from freshman quarterback Chase Rutledge.

Running back Britton Lindsey, although he only carried the ball six times, scored three touchdowns with runs of 7, 15 and 5 yards. Defensive back Quinton Tezeno took a direct snap on a wildcat play and scored from 24 yards out. Ra’Shon McDonald scored six on a 31-yard pass from Tezeno.

Running back Abear Simien was the work horse for the night tearing through the Hawk defense for 159 yards on seven carries and one touchdown.

“We’ve had to play a lot of back-ups through our regular season, due to injuries,” Head Coach Cornel Thompson said. “Hopefully in the third phase, the play-offs, well be able to play with our full team and have everyone back full speed.”

The Chain Gang defense held tough, allowing zero first downs and yards for the Hawks in the first half. HJ’s quarterback Jared Gieseke was picked off twice by the Mustang secondary, one by senior Taywaun Lucas and one by senior DeCarlos Renfro.

Although victory is sweet, the Mustangs know that they must put that game behind them and prepare for the Cleveland Indians.

“Cleveland is very athletic-kind of like a Jasper or Silsbee team,” Thompson said. ““This is the time of year when we must play one game at a time and be guided by our attitude. We are getting all of our people back full speed and we are gelling as a team at the right time.”

Cleveland runs the spread, using two different quarterbacks in Julius Buckley and Chris Taylor. They also have a pretty good receiver in Quan Howard. The defense is led by Shannon Stuckey and Dominique Reynolds.

“Somebody who isn’t supposed to get beat, will get beat this weekend,” Thompson said. “Hopefully it won’t be us, if we take care of our business. We’ll find out who the best team is Saturday at 1 pm.”

The subvarsity teams finished the year with 112 points scored on Thursday night, allowing no points to be scored on them.

The combined freshman/junior varsity team won, 30-0. Kane Tezeno, who was filling in as quarterback scored on a 34-yard run up the middle. He also had a 25-yard touchdown pass to Dee Wofford. Perry Spikes scored on a 25-yard touchdown pass, also from Tezeno and Dwain Bouillard and Tomarcus Fontenot, both scored on a two-point conversion. Jordan Richard scored a safety; Deionte’ Thompson had an interception and Teddy Stone recovered a fumble.

The WOSMS 8th grade Stallions finished the year with a bang by winning, 22-0, over the Hardin-Jefferson Hawks. Trey Baldwin started the scoring with a 12-yard run and then added the 2pt conversion. Malacci Hodge threw a 23-yard pass to T.J. Wallace for a touchdown. Dillon Sterling tacked on the 2pt conversion. The defense held strong, as it did all night. Ryan Heisser blocked the punt, Payton Robertson knocked the punter away from the ball, and Dominique White recovered the fumble. JaVontae Johnson ran for 9 yards to score the final touchdown of the season. Offensive standouts are the whole offensive line (TJ Rhodes, Cody Marshall, Brock McManus, Keddric Gantt, and Tristen Scott). Defensive Standouts include JD Thompson, Dylan Gray, Ledarian Carter, and Steven Tims. The Stallions end the year with a record of 5-2, 4-1 in district.

The WO-S 7th grade A team defeated the Hardin Jefferson Hawks, 38-0. Scoring for the Stallions were K.J. Miller 15 yard run, 2 point run by Keyshawn Holman, K.J. Miller from 10 yards out – 2 point attempt failed, K.J Miller 30 yard run – 2 point run by Dakota Quebodeaux, Dominic Tezeno 12 yard run – 2 point run by Keion Hancock, Keion Hancock 7 yard run – 2 point fumble recovery by Morris Joseph. Defensive Standouts were Dakota Quebodeaux, Mandel King, Dominic Tezeno, Teron Brown, Justin Brown, Michael Gobert and Ahmaud Baldwin. The 7th grade A team finished the season, 6-1.

The WO-S 7th grade B team defeated Bridge City Cardinals, 22-0. Scoring for the Stallions was Ronald Carter 30 yard run – 2 point run by D’ Cobien Dorsey, Keondrick Barlow 12 yard run – 2 point run by Tarek Riley, Ronald Carter 15 yard run – 2 point attempt failed. Defensive Standouts: Tarek Riley, Brandon Jenkins, Victor Willie, Skylar Roberts and P’Shawn Smith. The 7th grade B team finished the season 7- 0, and did not have any points scored on them this season.

Congratulations to all of the Mustang football players whose season has ended. And a huge thanks to Stallion coaches Jimmy Hallman, Robert Collins and Michael Shugart for all of the weekly updates.

Tickets will be on sale in the Athletic office on Thursday, November 10th from 9-12 an1-3pm and Friday, November 11th from 9-12 only. Ticket prices are $7 for Adults & $4 for students. All tickets at the gate are $7. WO-S is the home team.

Please take the time to tell a Mustang football player, cheerleader, band and drill team member how proud you are of them for the job that they are doing this season. Also, please join us at the game. Cheer with the cheerleaders, dance with the band and Fillies and holler all day for the Mustangs. You will be glad that you did.