Local teams make strong showing opening weekend
Tommy Mann Jr.
For The Record
The opening weekend of high school football was a good weekend for the majority of local teams as several came away with victories on opening night.
West Orange-Stark, Bridge City and Orangefield dominated their opponents and LC-M gave Jasper all it could handle before losing in a closely contested game.
WO-S shuts out Nederland
The West Orange-Stark Mustangs picked up right where the team left off in 2015, as the Mustangs galloped past the Bulldogs, 42-0, this past Friday at Dan R. Hooks Stadium in West Orange.
The Mustangs claimed the team’s 100th shut-out in school history and, in the process, delivered Nederland it’s first shut-out loss since 2007.
WO-S used a well balanced attack to keep the Bulldogs off balance all night as Mustangs quarterback Jack Dallas completed 10 of 19 passes for nearly 170 yards, while the running attack netted another 200 yards on the ground. Not to be outdone, the Mustangs “Chain Gang” defense corralled the Bulldogs offense and limited it to 105 total yards.
WO-S (1-0) will travel across town this week to Little Cypress to take on the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Battlin’ Bears for coveted Orange Bowl trophy at 7 p.m., Friday.
The Bears and Mustangs have held very competitive games in recent years, including the 2015 contest which WO-S won, 26-13, and another is expected this Friday as the crosstown rivalry continues.
Jasper outlasts LC-M, 25-13
Despite a nearly 90-minute weather delay this past Friday night, the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Battlin’ Bears gave the Jasper Bulldogs all it could handle at Bulldog Stadium.
LC-M jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter and were tied with the Bulldogs 7-7 at the half, and it remained tied 13-13 into the fourth quarter.
Jasper finally got some momentum and jumped out on top to a 19-13, but the Bears were making a game of it and were making a drive toward the end zone in the middle of the fourth quarter, when a debatable interception-call in the end zone by Jasper stopped the drive and was followed by a Bulldogs touchdown drive to seal the game, 25-13.
LC-M (0-1) will now host the defending Class 4A Division II State Champions, the West Orange-Stark Mustangs, at 7 p.m., Friday night at LC-M High School.
The Mustangs already appear to be in mid-season form following its 42-0 smashing of the Nederland Bulldogs, so the Bears will definitely being facing a tough test in Week 2.
Bridge City runs over Longhorns, 56-15
From the opening kickoff, this was the Bridge City Cardinals night.
The Cardinals took the opening kickoff back 102 yards and piled up the points on the scoreboard as Bridge City pummeled the Hamshire-Fannett Longhorns, 56-15, this past Friday in Hamshire.
Bridge City piled up 49 points in the first-half, including 28 points in the opening quarter, and rushed for 430 yards against and overmatched Longhorns squad. Running back Cayce Draper had four touchdowns on the night, all in the opening half, to help power the Cardinals potent running attack, while the defense kept the Longhorns offense in check.
Bridge City (1-0) will play its first home game of the season at 7 p.m., Friday, as the Cardinals are hosting the Houston North Forest Bulldogs at Larry Ward Stadium.
Houston North Forest (0-1) lost its opening game of the season this past Friday at home to Stafford, 33-13.
Houston North Forest is a member of District 11-4A Division 1. The team is led by Coach Mike Ferrell and returns 12 starters from its 2015 squad which finished the season with a 10-2 record after reaching the area round of the playoffs. Favored by some experts to win its district, the Bulldogs offense features senior quarterback Rashand Jones, who will be guiding the team’s pistol offense.
Orangefield vs Kirbyville
With a load of confidence and some stride in their collective step, the Bobcats head north for a contest at 7:30 p.m., Friday, to take on Kirbyville at Wildcats Stadium.
The always formidable Wildcats (0-1) opened the season with a shut-out loss at the hands of the Newton Eagles, 27-0. The Eagles limited Kirbyville to slightly more than 200 total yards of offense, while keeping the Wildcats from reaching the end zone.
The Bobcats managed to gain 315 total yards against Buna this past Friday night, so the Orangefield Slot-T offense could give Kirbyville fits throughout the night.
The Bobcats defense limited Buna to just 131 total yards, while recovering four fumbles on the night and keeping the Cougars out of the end zone.
Kirbyville is a member of District 11-3A Division 1. Led by Coach Greg Neece, the Wildcats return seven starters from its 2015 squad which reached the area round of the Class 3A playoffs and finished the season with a 10-2 record. The team is favored to win its district this year and features running back Ty Dennis, who finished the 2015 season with more than 1,100 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns.
Week 1 scores
Barbers Hill 40, Vidor 6
Deweyville 40, Colmesneil 8
PN-G 54, Silsbee 27
Newton 27, Kirbyville 0
West Brook 33, Central 21
Hou. Episcopal 58. Ozen 0
Woodville 51, Corrigan Camden 0
Franklin 15, Navasota 6
Liberty 35, Anahuac 0
Week 2 schedule
WO-S at LC-M
Hou. North Forest at Bridge City
Orangefield at Kirbyville
Deweyville at Burkeville
Vidor at Pasadena Memorial (Thurs)
PN-G at Goose Creek Memorial (Thurs)
Dayton at Nederland
Ozen at West Brook
Hamshire Fannett at Lumberton
Newton at Silsbee
Hardin-Jefferson at Buna