Meri Elen Jacobs
For The Record
The forecast of bad weather and rain didn’t stop the Mustangs from travelling to Jasper this past Friday night. It also didn’t stop the Mustang defense OR offense, who gave the Bulldogs a pretty nice 34-7 whipping in front of their home crowd.
“We got us a victory, even though we thought that it might get rained out, like last year,” Head Coach Cornel Thompson said. “We got after it pretty good even though we had a few busted assignments.”
The Bulldogs, who were touted to have a pretty balanced offensive attack, had to resort to their running game because the Mustang secondary was just too tough. WO-S held Jasper quarterback Quentin Williams to just 1 completion of 15 for 6 yards. However, he had three completions to the Mustangs-two to Trey Spencer and one to Deionte Thompson.
The Mustang offense also got going early. Starting quarterback Will Johnson scored on a five yard run around the left side in the first quarter and Hector Vela’s PAT was good to put the Mustangs up, 7-0. Johnson also had a pass for a touchdown to Dee Wolfford that was caught right at the goal line to score before the half. Vela’s PAT made it, 14-0 and that was the score at the half.
“Dee made a great play on the goal line,” Thompson said. “He jumped higher than we all thought he could to make that catch and score.”
Scoring twice in the third quarter put the game out of reach for Jasper.
Johnson scored on an 8 yard run. The defense got in on the scoring when the chain gang forced a fumble and linebacker Steven Tims picked up the ball and ran it back 79 yards for the score.
Jack Dallas, who was injured early in the game against PN-G last week, came into the game in the third and scored the last touchdown on a 6 yard pass to receiver Jeron Preston in the back of the end zone.
Sophomore Malek Phillips also got to call the signals for part of the fourth quarter. In fact, two touchdowns were called back for holding while he was leading the team.
“We shot ourselves in the foot a few times with dropped passes, the off sides calls and the two holding calls,” Thompson said. “Those are mental things that we need to correct.”
Next up for the Mustangs are the Silsbee Tigers, and the former district rival will definitely bring their A game to Dan R. Hooks Stadium on Friday. Silsbee (1-3) is coming off of their first victory of the season, beating Livingston, 27-13. Their losses were to Barber’s Hill, 42-24, and Coldspring, 32-7.
“You can bet that Silsbee will come ready to play,” Thompson said. “They are the same ole Silsbee, athletic on both sides of the ball, just like we are.”
Silsbee is led by Chase Partain, a sophomore quarterback and his favorite target is sophomore Kolten Mackey. Partain threw for 220 yards in the win over Livingston and Mackey had 6 catches for 103 yards. The Tigers will face the chain gang that has already intercepted six times and has recovered three fumbles.
Tickets for the second home game will be on sale Wednesday, 1-3pm; Thursday, 9-12 and 1-3pm and Friday-9-12pm only. Ticket prices are $5 for Reserved and $2 for students. All tickets at the gate are $5.
The subvarsity teams continue to win. The ninth grade best Jasper, 22-13. Jarron Gilbert scored first on a 14 yard run for a TD. He also had a two point conversion and a 15 yard run for a touchdown. Jordan Charles scored on a one yard run and DeMorris Thibodeaux scored a two point conversion. Kevin Richard recovered a fumble and DeMorris Thibodeaux had an interception. Freshmen offensive standouts were Charles, Gilbert, Thibodeaux, Trevon Tillman and Adrik Mims. Defensive standouts were Devien Teate, Paul Ivory, Tyshon Watkins, Thibodeaux and Blake Robertson.
The JV team beat Jasper, 48-0, with a continuous clock running the second half. Ronald Carter had a 3 yard touchdown reception thrown by KJ Miller. Trey Guillory scored on a 10 yard pass from Miller and also scored a 2 point conversion. Keion Hancock had two touchdowns, a 44 yard run and a 52 yard reception from Miller. Jeremiah Shaw scored two rushing touchdowns, a 49 yard and a 12 yard. Jaylen Mathews scored a 2 point conversion, as did Peyton Robertson. Malech Edwards had a 1 yard run for a touchdown. On defense, Anthony Griffin recovered a fumble and Malachi Hodge caught an interception. Outstanding offensive players were Ryan Ragsdale, Hancock, Carter, Shaw, Guillory, Miller and Robertson. For the defense, standouts were Hodge, Guillory, Griffin, Cory Skinner and Torrien Burnett.
The freshmen and JV teams will play Silsbee in Silsbee on Thursday beginning at 5 pm. Come out and support all of the teams.