Mustangs travels to BC for district shoot-out
In route to a 41-14 win over Orangefield, the Mustang fans had many moments to cheer about but the most incredible standing ovation from both sides of the stadium came at half time when the Homecoming King was announced.
“The 2010 WO-S Homecoming King is our beloved Reginald Garrett Jr. Reggie’s parents, Mr. Reginald Garrett Sr. And Mrs. Joanne Parkinson accepted his crown and plaque in his honor and memory at the homecoming pep rally earlier today. We love you reggie. 112%” (read by English teacher Marvin J. Hill)
In honoring their king, the team dominated all but the third quarter and came away with a huge win.
“The first half and second half was kind of ‘A Tale of Two Cities,’” Head Coach Dan Hooks said. “The third quarter, we kind of hit a sinking spell, but we finally got the ship righted in the fourth quarter and were able to score a time or two to put the game out of reach.”
Going in at half time, up 21-0, the Mustangs kind of let things slip coming out, feeling comfortable with a big lead. Orangefield took advantage and kept the ball for all but three plays during the third quarter and were able to score twice to come within 7 points, with 11:34 left in the game. However, the Mustangs felt the urgency and buckled up their chin straps and got after it to score 20 unanswered points.
All of Orangefield’s 163 yards came on the ground while the Mustangs spread the wealth with 224 yards through the air and 140 on the ground. While senior Darius Robinson was the main man last week leading the ground game with 127 yards and two TDs, seniors Darius Mitchell and Mark Roberts shared the duties this week with Mitchell scoring three touchdowns with 102 total yards and Roberts pulling in 10 catches for 147 yards and a touchdown.
“I’m really proud of our team. Everyone is doing their part,” Hooks said. “The whole team is coming together and our little quarterback (Jimmy Salter) is getting better every week.”
Salter completed 16 of 23 passes for 224 yards, with a 73% pass completion rate. Utilizing different receivers, five pairs of hands touched the ball-Roberts, Justin Thomas, Mitchell, Derek Ledet and Britton Lindsey.
“The play that broke Orangefield’s back was the pass that Jimmy threw to JT (Justin Thomas),” Hooks said. “I thought he overthrew him but I forgot how fast he is. He was able to reach and pull it in for the TD.”
That touchdown, which came with less than five minutes in the game, pretty much sealed the win for the Mustangs.
While the Mustangs were tousling with the Bobcats, Bridge City, WO-S’s next opponent, and Silsbee were in a back and forth game of their own. Silsbee led at the half, 16-12, but Bridge City scored in the third and the lead switched hands twice more before the Cardinals ended up with a huge 26-22 win.
The Mustangs will face Bridge City (6-1, 2-0) at Larry Ward Stadium Saturday evening at 6 pm in a game that will be televised.
“It’s going to be a great setting Saturday night,” Hooks said. “I think we are the only ones playing so there should be a lot of people that come out to watch the game. Whoever wins this one will be in the lead for the district title.”
The Cardinals are led by quarterback Matt Menard, who runs a pretty balanced game of rushing and passing. Menard threw for 200 yards against Silsbee and rushed for 92. His favorite receiver is Cameron Dishon, who scored twice against Silsbee.
The subvarsity teams will tangle at Dan R. Hooks Stadium Thursday night, beginning at 5 pm. The combined 9/JV team beat Orangefield last week, 28-6, with freshmen John Scott and Will Johnson both scoring two touchdowns. Offensive Standouts were Elijah Teel, Austin Rutledge, Larry McDonald, and Daryl Simon. Defensive Standouts were Rashon McDonald, Dylan Brackens, Caleb Franklins, and German Chavez. The 8th grade A team won big, 52-0, scoring in almost every way possible while the 7th A lost and the 7th B won.
Come out and enjoy a great night of football and fun and cheer on the Mustangs in their fight to win back the district title.