Airplay – Mustangs, Mizzou, and Evel Fall
The West Orange-Stark Mustangs weren’t the only football team in mourning over the weekend.
The Missouri Tigers have to wonder why the Bowl Championship Series Committee hates them after they went from number one to done in the BCS Bowl series.
They lost two games (both to Oklahoma ) but they defeated Kansas who is going to the Orange Bowl to play Virginia Tech. Mizzou’s strength of schedule was ranked 25 th and the Jayhawks schedule was ranked 109 th .
I really thought LSU was going to be the team that got the wrong end of the taser gun after listening to the prognosticators Sunday morning but then I realized that these were the same guys who announced Les Miles was going to Michigan on the morning of the SEC Championship.
You know it’s been a crazy season when a team with two losses is playing for the title, but LSU deserves to be there against an Ohio State team who backed in after not playing the last two weeks.
I’m excited for the Tigers but even more excited for Bradley Peveto who gets a chance for a ring and a shot at becoming the next defensive coordinator with Bo Pelini going to Nebraska .
You also know it’s been a crazy season when USC loses to a 41 point underdog (Stanford) and is now playing in a BCS Bowl (Rose Bowl vs. Illinois ).
You know it’s been a crazy season when Michigan loses to Appalachian State and then to Oregon , then run their coach off, and still end up playing on New Year’s Day in the Capital One Bowl against the defending national champs from Florida .
The run for the national title is as close as the voting for the Heisman Trophy. The closest race for the Heisman was in 1985 when Auburn ’s Bo Jackson beat Iowa QB Chuck Long by 45 points. I think Florida ’s Tim Tebow will beat Arkansas ’ Darren McFadden with Missouri ’s Chase Daniel a close third. Daniel really hurt his chances on Saturday by not throwing a TD pass against Oklahoma , the first time all season he hasn’t thrown at least one.
Well I know you still want to hear about the Mustangs 20-12 loss to Waco LaVega considering the phone calls and emails I’m still receiving.
Honestly it was such a nip and tuck ballgame that I didn’t realize the lack of offense in the second half until my colorman John Kimbrough announced the stats after the game and said, “Only 25 yards and no first downs.”
I thought he was wrong but he wasn’t. The team that was known for their second half performance couldn’t produce despite having a 12-6 lead going into the fourth quarter.
Actually, despite the outcome, it was a very good game. Those Mustang fans who thought Waco La Vega’s undefeated record was courtesy of a weak schedule didn’t leave thinking that way.
You know how I feel about the kicking game so I won’t go over that again.
LaVega was as big as advertised and I think they wore down the Mustang lineman. Then when All-District center Brandon Allensworth was ejected late in the game it left a hole in the line. But more importantly to me was the injury to Quintavious Garrett.
Despite beating Giddings without him, not having the 1-2 punch that allowed them to walk over the district competition and Coldspring made the offense half of what it was.
The Mustang defense gave up a hundred yards rushing to both Parr brothers and they finished with 305 in the game, but they played on a short field the entire second half.
The Pirates started offensive possessions at the WOS 28, 39, and 38 while two other drives ended in Mustang territory after the defense stopped them on fourth down tries.
So to give up only seven points with all the great field position was outstanding. WOS let LaVega score the second TD so they could get the ball back. But with 1:29 left it was not enough.
Still, the Mustangs proved once again that they don’t rebuild, they reload, and the future looks brighter for the blue and silver.
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The Orangefield Bobcats basketball team won the Evadale Tournament while the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bears won the consolation bracket of the Cedar Creek Tournament. KOGT will carry the Bears game Tuesday against the defending state champs from Hardin-Jefferson.
Then we’ll be in Orangefield for the Bobcat Tournament at the end of the week and the Bears will be one of the teams in the boys and girls tournament.
One of my childhood idols died Friday. Daredevil Evel Knievel passed away after losing a battle with diabetes. Here’s a guy who told the Grim Reaper to stick it time and again.
After breaking nearly every bone in his body during his career he still lived to be 69 years old.
I stopped everything I was doing on Saturday’s when he was going to jump. Knievel was the closest thing I knew to a real-life Superhero.
With his red, white and blue star uniform he would make you go “wow” with a great jump or get broken up into pieces, only to come back and do it again. I won’t forget him, and neither will the scars on my body from jumping ramps on my bicycle.