It was a classic start to another great Mustang football season Friday night when the Mustangs faced the Nederland Bulldogs for the 32nd time. The Mustangs jumped on the ‘Dogs early and never looked back, winning 40-19, with most every player contributing in the big win.

“We had a bunch of people that contributed in the win,” Head Coach Dan Hooks said. “And that’s what it takes to win a ball game.”

Although the win created some momentum going into the next game, the Mustangs know that beating Nederland is in the past and the focus has to go to this week’s match-up with District 24-4A’s Friendswood Mustangs. The two have not seen each other since 2000, when WO-S beat them, 27-10, on their way to a state finalist finish.

“Friendswood is a very-well coached team,” Hooks said. “Their coach (Steve Van Meter) has been there forever.”

The Friendswood Mustangs beat Angleton, 49-28, with most of their 420 yards coming through the air. QB Pete Maetzold was named the Outstanding player in the Houston area after the win. Other players to watch are RB/WR Johnathon Johnson and WR Matthew Kennemer as well as LB Mark Brezina.

“Their line is huge and they pretty much dominate the teams in that area,” Hooks said. “LaMarque used to be the team to beat and now it is Friendswood.”

But the Mustangs are up for the challenge according to junior DeCarlos Renfro, who snagged two interceptions against Nederland Friday night.

“We just have to be on top of everything, read our keys, give effort and pursue to the ball,” Renfro said. “Concentrate and execute.”

Concentrate and execute is just what the team did Friday night in order to beat the Nederland Bulldogs. Quarterback Reggie Garrett had an outstanding game, completing 7 of 15 yards for almost 200 yards and two touchdowns. He also carried the ball 15 times for 48 yards.

He wasn’t alone on the offensive side of the ball as running back Britton Lindsey hit the 100-yard mark on the ground, including a 75-yard run to get the scoring started. Receiver Mark Roberts had four catches for 132 yards and two touchdowns. Three other players contributed in the scoring besides the two point safety in the third period. Junior Justin Thomas scored on a 6-yard run and a two-point conversion. Senior Darius Mitchell scored on a 25-yard run and sophomore Colin Janice had a 98-yard fumble recovery returned for two on a Nederland two-point conversion attempt.

“I was very pleased with the effort of our kids,” Hooks said. “We had problems covering two kick-offs which cost us 12 points. We just need to correct a few things and then roll on.”

Otherwise, the defense had a solid game, allowing only 164 yards of total offense for the Bulldogs. The Chain Gang recovered a fumble and intercepted three Bulldog passes. (Two by Renfro and one by Janice)

Although the Mustangs have a tall task when they travel to Deer Park on Friday for the contest against Friendswood, the team feels if they focus this week, they can win.

“We just have to have a great week of preparation, focus on the game and be ready to play our best,” center Luke Domas said.

The JV team was also successful against the Bulldogs on Thursday night, winning 20-8. Scoring for the Mustangs was sophomore Ar’Tevin McDonald with a 3-yard run and a 23-yard fumble return. Tremaine Anderson also scored on a 50-yard run. Abear Simien XP. Offensive standouts were Austin Rutledge, Mathew Lackey, JerQuis Beasley, Aaron Ray and Dylan Brackens. Defensive Standouts were JaMarcus Rhodes with an interception, Quinton Tezeno with an interception, William Moore and Nathaniel Colbert.

Although the ninth grade team lost, 20-6, they showed much improvement between the first and second half. Both teams will face Memorial at home Thursday night with the first game scheduled for 5 p.m.

Tickets for the Friendswood game were only on sale Tuesday and Wednesday. Tickets can be purchased at the gate Friday night beginning at 6 p.m. for $8. Directions to Clyde Abshire stadium are as follows:
Take I-10 West into Houston and take exit 781A for Beltway 8 North-South / Sam Houston Pwky. North-South (Will have to pay tolls ($) both ways). Keep left at the fork and merge onto Beltway 8 S/ Sam Houston Pwky. (Partial toll road) Continue on E Sam Houston Tollway S (Toll Road). Take the exit toward Red Bluff Rd / Pasadena Blvd. (Partial Toll road). Merge onto E Beltway 8 / E Sam Houston Pwky. S. Turn left at San Augustine Ave.