“In the slightest of margins, one does win for losing.”

Senior quarterback Reggie Garrett posted this quote on his Facebook page after the heart wrenching 35-34 loss to Class 4A’s Friendswood Mustangs, who were ranked 8th in the state, when West Orange-Stark paid them a visit on Friday night.

It was a meeting of the Mustangs, one that hadn’t happened in ten years. As before, WO-S was the underdog and not given much of a chance to compete with the Friendswood royal blue and white Mustangs. In fact, many didn’t even think it would be a game. However, the blue and silver ‘Stangs proved to everyone, even themselves, that they can and will compete even with the toughest in 4A.

“We lost a game that we should’ve won,” head coach Dan Hooks said. “The kids played hard from start to finish. They hung in there but just couldn’t get it done.”

From the opening kick-off, the WO-S offense and defense worked together to make Friendswood work for the win. The offense came out firing on all cylinders while the defense kept Friendswoods’ highly touted quarterback and running back in check all night.
WO-S was able to put up 448 yards on offense in a very balanced attack. The three-headed monster of Darius Mitchell, Darius Robinson and Britton Lindsey led the ground game with over 200 yards while Garrett passed to several receivers for 240 yards.

Junior DaCarlos Renfro kept his interception tradition going, snagging two of Friendswood quarterback Pete Maetzold’s passes.  Maetzold, who is ranked as the no. 3 quarterback in the nation, was sacked by the Chain Gang five times.

WO-S now has a week off to recoup and regroup before facing the Jasper Bulldogs in a non-district tilt on September 17. Jasper lost to Livingston Friday, 42-14, and lost to Lumberton in week zero, 56-35.

“We’ve had a hard four weeks and this will give us some time to recover,” Hooks said.
“We’ll practice this week and come back next week and prepare for Jasper.”

The Mustangs, who have one of the hardest non-district schedules, have faced all 4A teams since scrimmages began in August. Losing to Dayton 24-0 in the first scrimmage was a turning point, according to coaches and players alike.

“After Dayton, we realized that we have to play together as a team in order to reach our one common goal, which was 16-0,” senior Mark Roberts said.

But according to Garrett that goal has changed slightly since Friday night’s war. The team knows that if they come together and get things done like they have the last three weeks, they can reach the goal of 15-1.

“We are really working well together since Dayton,” center Luke Domas said. “We are all giving an all out effort and we have big expectations for ourselves.”

The sub varsity teams were successful last week against Memorial. WO-S JV shut out Memorial 26-0. Tremaine Anderson scored on a 1 yard run and Abear Simien scored on the two point conversion. JaMarcus Rhodes then scored on a 12 yard pass from Anderson.
Anderson also scored on a 7 yard run and a 6 yard run. Offensive standouts were Darrain Williams, Mathew Lackey, Austin Rutledge, Aaron Ray, Larry Sonnier, and Ar’Tevin McDonald. Defensive standouts were Elvis Hubert, Julius Knolley, Lackey, William Moore, Quinton Tezeno, Nathaniel Colbert and Ladarius Wilkes.

WO-S freshmen beat Memorial 28-14. John Scott had 48 yard run for the first TD. Eric Guillory had a 1 yard run for the 2nd TD. Scott’s try for the extra point was good. Caleb Collins had a 28 yard interception return for a TD. John Scott finished off the night with a 12 yard run. Scott also scored the second extra point. Outstanding defenseive players were Eric Guillory, Caleb Collins, Marquise Grant, Hunter Quebodeaux, Brandon Toliver, and Leroy Saffold. Outstanding Offensive players were Guillory, Will Johnson, Scott, Tavin Terrell, and Elijah Teel.

Come out and support the Mustangs in their first home game of the season, next Friday,

Sept. 17 at Dan R. Hooks Stadium. Show up from 5-6 in the parking lot for a Community Tailgate Party. Bring your lawn chairs, wear blue and silver, eat free hot dogs and get ready for the game by listening to the Mighty Mustang Band, cheerleaders and Fillies.