Meri Elen Jacobs – For The Record

Jeremiah Shaw was the leading rusher for the night, carrying the ball 11 times for 98 yards and one touchdown. Nine other Mustangs helped with the rushing duties Friday night.

The Mustangs “gave the Bulldogs the boot” Friday night at home, and sent them running back to their dog house after whipping them, 53-0. The shutout was number 95 for West Orange-Stark.

“I am proud of our kids and the way that they accepted the challenge and executed on offense and defense throughout the game,” Head Coach Cornel Thompson said. “Jasper’s program has a lot of history in football. They were without their starting center and quarterback and that hurt them. But overall, it was a sweet victory for us.”

The Mustangs got it started early, scoring on their first possession when Keion Hancock crossed the goal line from just four yards out. Quarterback Jack Dallas ran in the two point conversion. Senior Aric Cormier intercepted a Jasper pass and returned it to the 5 yard line to set up Hancock’s second touchdown. WO-S was able to hit the end zone on their next possession when Jeremiah Shaw carried the ball across from one yard out. The first extra point attempt by Ryan Baham-Heisser was good and the Mustangs led, 21-0 to start the second quarter.

The Mustangs scored again before the half when Malech Edwards crossed the goal line from five yards. The PAT was no good and the Mustangs headed to the field house up, 27-0.

Jasper was never able to get anything going as the Chain Gang defense swarmed whatever Bulldog had the ball, limiting them to six first downs and only 44 total offensive yards.

Edwards scored again in the third quarter from 9 yards out as the Mustangs went to the ground game for the rest of the night. WO-S hit the end zone three more times before the nightmare was over for the Bulldogs. Tokeba Hughey scored from one yard out, Malacci Hodge from three yards out and Quinton Chargois from four yards out. Two of the last three of Baham-Heisser’s PATs were good.

“Now we are headed toward the Silsbee Tigers,” Thompson said. “They pose a different set of problems. We match up with them more equal than the last three. They use the big play offense and will throw the ball down the field.”

The Tigers are also undefeated on the season with wins over Barber’s Hill (34-27), Coldspring (60-22) and Livingston (50-20.)Their “go to” man is quarterback Dontrae Thomas, who has great hands in Kalon Barnes, Kolten Mackey and Tre Lowe.

“They are a mirror image of us as far as their defense goes,” Thompson said. “They use the same stunts, alignments and coverage we do. They also have the largest O line that we have faced.”

Game time is 7:30 pm Friday in Silsbee. Tickets will NOT be sold this week at the WO-S Athletic office but must be purchased at the gate. Adult tickets are $5 and students are $3. The gates will open at 6:30pm.

The ninth grade and JV teams travelled to Jasper last week and beat both teams on their new turf fields. The ninth graders won, 30-6 after an hour lightening delay. Kavyn Cooper scored first for the Mustangs on a 54 yard run. The two point conversion was good. Jordan Johnson scored on a 5 yard touchdown run. Cooper scored the third touchdown from 44 yards out and the two point conversion pass from Brettlin White to Kervondrick Scott was good. Johnson scored the last touchdown on a 45 yard punt return and White hooked up again with Scott for two. Offensive Standouts are Cooper, Johnson, Scott, Jonatan Ramirez and Damioun Apadocca. Defensive standouts are Cooper, Teshaun Teel, Terron Brown, Daquarius Gipson and Leroy Simien.

The JV team won, 28-6. London Trouissant scored on a 34 yard run and a two point conversion. Alex Williams scored on a 34 touchdown pass from Chaka Watson and a 37 yard pass from Kaleb Ramsey. Watson also scored a two point conversion. With less than a minute in the game, Damien Morris intercepted a Jasper pass in the endzone and ran it back 100 yards for the score. The two point conversion was no good.

The freshmen and JV teams will play home on Thursday, beginning at 5 against Silsbee’s sub varsity.

The Spirit Theme for this week is “Cage the Tigers.” Students and faculty for all four schools are encouraged to wear animal print.

Photo by Meri Elen Jacobs