Fall sports for Orange County high school athletes kicked off Monday as football, cross-country teams went into action. Local football squads hit the practise fields in the heat with frequent water breaks.

The West Orange-Stark Mustangs met with head coach Dan Hooks at 8:00 a.m. and hit the field shortly afterward. The Mustangs will host Dayton for their first scrimmage Aug. 15 starting at 6 p.m. The Mustangs will travel to Vidor Aug. 21. Hooks and crew will open the regular season at home against the Nederland Bulldogs Aug. 28.

The Little Cypress-Mauriceville Battlin’ Bears will be getting a make-over this season as new head coach Randy Crouch began practices at 4 p.m. The Bears will scrimmage Texas City Aug. 15 beginning at 5 p.m. On Aug. 21 the Bears will rumble with the Silsbee Tigers at home. The Bears open their season against WO-S Sept. 4.

The Orangefield Bobcats will be getting a new look too as Brian Huckabay takes over as head coach. The Bobcats hit the field early in their two-a-day schedule and come back at 5:30 in the afternoon. Orangefield will host Vidor for a scrimmage Aug. 15 starting at 9 a.m. The Bobcats open the season in Winnie when they travel to face East Chambers Aug. 28.

The Bridge City Cardinals hold practise in the mornings preparing to scrimmage at Lumberton Aug. 15 starting at 6 p.m. They will work out against Shepherd away Aug. 20. Big Red will take on traditional season opener opponent Liberty at home Aug. 28.

After scrimmaging Orangefield and WO-S, Coach Jeff Mathews and The Vidor Pirates will open their season against Beaumont Kelly Aug. 28.

Season opener for the Deweyville Pirates will be at home against Sabine Pass.

2009 Football Schedules

Bridge City

Aug. 28    Bridge City hosts Liberty
Sept. 4      Bridge City at Kountze
Sept. 11    Bridge City at LC-M
Sept. 18    Bridge City at Buna
Sept. 25    Bridge City hosts Kelly
Oct. 2        Open
Oct. 9       Bridge City hosts Hardin-Jefferson*
Oct. 16     Bridge City at Silsbee*
Oct. 23     Bridge City hosts WO-S*
Oct. 30     Bridge City hosts Orangefield*
Nov. 6      Bridge City at Hamshire-Fannett*


Aug. 28    Orangefield at East Chambers
Sept. 4      Orangefield at Buna
Sept. 11    Orangefield hosts Liberty
Sept. 18    Orangefield hosts Tarkington
Sept. 25    Orangefield at Newton
Oct. 2       Open
Oct. 9       Orangefield hosts Hamshire-Fannett*
Oct. 16     Orangefield at Hardin-Jefferson*
Oct. 23     Orangefield hosts Silsbee*
Oct. 30     Orangefield at Bridge City*
Nov. 6      Orangefield hosts WO-S*

West Orange-Stark

Aug. 28    WO-S hosts Nederland
Sept. 4      WO-S at Little Cypress-Mauriceville
Sept. 11    WO-S hosts Kirbyville
Sept. 18    WO-S at Jasper
Sept. 25    Open
Oct. 2       WO-S at Brookshire-Royal
Oct. 9       WO-S at Silsbee*
Oct. 16     WO-S hosts Hamshire-Fannett*
Oct. 23     WO-S at Bridge City*
Oct. 30     WO-S hosts Hardin-Jefferson*
Nov. 6      WO-S at Orangefield*

Little Cypress-Mauriceville

Aug. 28    Open
Sept. 4      LC-M hosts West Orange-Stark
Sept 11     LC-M hosts Bridge City
Sept. 18    LC-M at Cleveland
Sept. 25    LC-M at Port Neches-Groves*
Oct. 2       LC-M at Central*
Oct. 9       LC-M at Nederland*
Oct. 16     LC-M hosts Livingston*
Oct. 23     LC-M at Vidor*
Oct. 30     LC-M hosts Lumberton*
Nov. 7      LC-M at Ozen*


Aug. 28    Deweyville hosts Sabine Pass
Sept. 4      Deweyville hosts Evadale
Sept. 11    Deweyville at Hemphill
Sept. 18    Deweyville at West Sabine
Sept. 25    Deweyville hosts Anahuac*
Oct. 2       Deweyville at East Chambers*
Oct. 9       Deweyville hosts Kountze*
Oct. 16     Deweyville at Warren*
Oct. 23     Deweyville hosts Buna*
Oct. 30     Open
Nov. 6      Deweyville at Hardin*


Aug. 28    Vidor at Kelly
Sept. 4      Vidor at Houston St. Thomas
Sept. 11    Vidor hosts Hardin-jefferson
Sept. 18    Open
Sept. 25    Vidor at Central*
Oct. 2       Vidor at Lumberton*
Oct. 9       Vidor hosts Ozen*
Oct. 16     Vidor at PN-G*
Oct. 23     Vidor hosts LC-M*
Oct. 30     Vidor at Nederland*
Nov. 6      Vidor hosts Livingston*   

* Denotes district games