PHOTO: Bridge City Cardinal quarterback Camden DuBois is on the move against the Newton Eagles. RECORD PHOTO: Mark Dunn

Mark Dunn- For The Record

The Bridge City Cardinals (2-0) and the West Orange Stark Mustangs (2-0) both knocked off Southeast Texas football powerhouses on Friday.

For the first time in 14 years the Bridge City Cardinals defeated the Newton Eagles 18-13 before a packed crowd in their home opener. Last week ‘Big Red’ defeated the top ranked Kirbyville Wildcats. In Week Two Bridge City took out No. 4 ranked Newton.

They are calling it the “Year of the Cardinal.” And they way Bridge City is playing it will likely mark the beginning of a superb season.

Newton was dogged all night by the Bridge City defense that smother the Eagles in swarms. For the second straight week, middle linebacker Derick Dearing, forced a crucial fumble recovery. On Friday, Dearing nailed Newton’s quarterback setting up Bridge City’s second touchdown. The Cardinal defense held Newton scoreless the second half.

The Mustangs were doing the same against Class-5A Port Neches-Groves Indians. The much anticipated rumble at ‘the Reservation’ proved the Mustangs are the real deal. PNG was the predicted winner. The Mustangs beat the Indians 28-14 in PNG’s home opener.

Also, here in Orange County, the Orangefield Bobcats (1-1) fell to the Kirbyville Wildcats 24-14 at F.L. McClain Stadium. The Little Cypress Mauriceville Battlin’ Bears (0-2) lost to Barbers Hill 28-7.

Below are the final scores in Week Two Southeast Texas football.

Bridge City 18, Newton 13

WO-S 28, PN-G 14

Kirbyville 24, Orangefield 14

Barbers Hill 28, Little Cypress-Mauriceville 7

Vidor 42, Jasper 21

Deweyville 28, Warren 21

Silsbee 60, Coldspring-Oakhurst 22

Hamshire-Fannett 35, Anahuac 0

Kelly 13, Hardin-Jefferson 12

Dayton 55, Nederland 41

West Brook 30, Ozen 6

Hamshire-Fannett 35, Anahuac 0

East Chambers 28, Tarkington 0

Shepherd 29, Kountze 14

Woodville 35, Joaquin 22

West Hardin 54, Colmesneil 12

Burkeville 26, Hull-Daisetta 8

Evadale 47, Magnolia Legacy 12