District play an effort for OC football teams
Week one of the season seems like it was just yesterday. You turn around and the find yourself right in the middle of the football schedule. There is definitely nothing locked down, but the hunt for the playoffs continues and the post-season picture might look a little more clear after this week. With district games commencing and teams ascending and descending up and down their respective win/loss columns, the view is slowly coming into focus.
In Dist. 20-4A, the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bears (1-3, 0-1) lost to Livingston 42-35 on Friday after winning the week before against Coldspring. Alex Sezer and Delton Doyle each had two touchdowns and Sezer topped 100 yards on the day, but Livingston managed to keep the game out of reach as the Battlin’ Bears went down swinging. In a battle that saw no lost fumbles, very few penalties and only two interceptions; Coach Crouch and the Bears played hard but saw the opponent’s offense get one more touchdown to make it a two-score deficit. The LCM Bears are hosting the PNG Bulldogs Friday at 7:30 p.m., and they’ll look to get back to winning after the slow start to the season.
Last Friday the Orangefield Bobcats (1-4, 0-1) fell to Silsbee 48-7. This was Coach Josh Smalley’s first district game as a head coach and he finds himself chalking up a loss. Running back Carl Wiley had the team’s only score on the day and rushed for over a hundred yards, but it wasn’t enough as Silsbee managed to limit Orangefield’s offensive production for nearly the entire game. The Bobcats get to play Hamshire-Fannett on the road this Friday, fresh off of a beat down by the WOS Mustangs. The Bobcats will be looking to deal out a little punishment as the team continues to try and build momentum throughout the remainder of the year.
The Bridge City Cardinals (2-2, 1-0) had a rough first two quarters against the Buna Cougars in the Dist. 21-3A season opener last Friday night. Bridge City was down 24-6 at the half, but came roaring back for the win, scoring 22 unanswered points in the final quarters, making the final score 28-24. It was a big-time victory for a squad that definitely did not want to lose to the Cougars, and find themselves starting off district play with a loss. Cardinal running back, Ashton Hunter lead the way with 219 yards on 19 carries, as the offense finally started clicking. Coach Cris Stump and the boys will have their hands full this week when they hit the road to face a tough Jasper Bulldogs team Friday at 7 p.m.
Meanwhile, Coach Thompson and the West Orange-Stark Mustangs (5-0, 1-0) opened up their district contest by dominating the Hamshire-Fannett Longhorns, 44-0. The notorious Mustang “Chain Gang’ defense intercepted three passes for the fourth shutout this season and took one of those back for the touchdown. Mustang quarterback, Jimmy Salter had quite a game. He accounted for five touchdowns total; two running scores and three through the air. The Mustangs have another district match-up this Friday at 7 p.m. against Hardin-Jefferson. Don’t expect WOS to let up at all as the team continues to will itself to victory.