Mustangs shutout LC-M; Kirbyville too much for Bobcats
Tommy Mann Jr.
For The Record
The second week of high school football was a bit more difficult for some local football teams as two teams found success and two teams faced tougher opponents than in week one.
WO-S beats LC-M, 45-0
The West Orange-Stark Mustangs secured the second consecutive shut out of the young season as the Mustangs beat crosstown rivals, Little Cypress-Mauriceville, 45-0 this past Friday night at Bear Stadium on the campus of LC-M High School.
The Mustangs high powered offense got off to a slow start on Friday as the Bears defense kept WO-S in check and only allowed 24 total yards in the first quarter and only 82 in the first half. However, it was the Mustangs special team play which was the catalyst for a victory.
Kentavius Miller returned a punt for a 69 yard touchdown early in the first quarter to give WO-S a 6-0 lead and had another return of 45 yards which contributed to a Mustangs field goal. A Jarron Morris punt return of 50 yards put the Mustangs at the Bears two-yard line, which was followed by a Jack Dallas touchdown run.
The Mustangs vaunted “Chain Gang” defense lived up to its reputation on Friday as it not only kept the Bears out of the end zone, it only allowed LC-M barely more than 60 total yards of offense.
West Orange-Stark (2-0) will travel to Bridge City this week to take on the Cardinals (2-0) at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 9, at Larry Ward Stadium.
Bridge City defeated Houston North Forest 56-12 this past Friday in the Cardinals first home game of the 2016 season. The Cardinals offense had 515 total yards in its game against the Bulldogs, with the running game churning out 482 yards.
LC-M (0-2) will host the Hardin-Jefferson Hawks at 7 p.m., Friday, at Bear Stadium in the second of three consecutive home games for the Bears.
Hardin-Jefferson (1-0) defeated the Buna Cougars, 40-25, this past Friday in its first full game of the season. In week one, the Hawks were leading Coldspring-Oakhurst by a score of 6-0 when the game was called due to weather.
Kirbyville stops Bobcats, 21-7
In a game which was expected to be a hard-fought contest, it was the Orangefield Bobcats which came out on the wrong side of the score as Kirbyville defeated Orangefield, 21-7, this past Friday at Wildcats Stadium.
Each team struggled to move the ball early, but it was Kirbyville which struck first on a 64-yard scoring strike from Tadarius Jackson to Joseph Fentrist midway through the first quarter.
The Bobcats settled down and had its best drive of the opening half as Orangefield, as the offense, led by quarterback Caleb Kress, marched the ball 70 yards for a score as Kress dived in from the goal line to knot the game up at 7-7 early in the second quarter.
The Wildcats responded on its next series and drove the ball nearly 65 yards in barely more than two minutes to take a 14-7 lead into half-time.
Neither team could make much headway in the third quarter, but it was Kirbyville which added more points onto the scoreboard in the fourth quarter as Cameron Ballard sprinted around the left side for a 39-yard score and a 21-7 lead which proved to be the final.
Orangefield (1-1) will face the Woodville Eagles at 7:30 p.m., Friday, at F.L. McLane Stadium in Orangefield.
The Woodville Eagles (2-0) defeated the Madisonville Mustangs 28-14 this past Friday. In week one, the Eagles overpowered Corrigan-Camden 51-0.
Woodville is a member of District 11-3A Division I, which includes Kirbyville and Buna, among others. The Eagles are led by Coach Ty Robinson and return 16 starters from its 2015 squad which reached the bi-district round of the playoffs and finished the season with a 7-4 record.
SCHEDULE Week 3
West Orange-Stark at Bridge City
Hardin-Jefferson at LC-M
Woodville at Orangefield
Deweyville at Evadale
Vidor at Central (Saturday)
Livingston at Nederland
Baytown Lee at Ozen
PN-G at Lumberton
Jasper at Silsbee
Navasota at Waller
Hamshire-Fannett at East Chambers
Coldspring at Liberty
SCORES Week 2
WO-S 45, LC-M 0
Bridge City 56, North Forest 12
Kirbyville 21, Orangefield 7
Deweyville 27, Burkeville 0
West Brook 41, Ozen 8
Dayton 24, Nederland 23
Newton 49, Silsbee 33
Hardin-Jefferson 40, Buna 25
Lumberton 59, Hamshire-Fannett 9
Central 31, Katy Tompkins 13
Tarkington 20, East Chambers 14
Evadale 34, Kelly 7
Franklin 38, Navasota 22
Vidor 21, Pasadena Memorial 0 (Thurs)
PN-G 42, Goose Creek Memorial 7 (Thurs)