In 38 3A games, the Mustangs have only been defeated once and both offense and defense decided that it wasn’t going to happen again this past Friday night. When Silsbee rolled into town, WO-S had something to prove and something to take back from the Tigers-the District Championship, and they did just that, beating them 36-8.

“The kids played a great defensive football game,” Head Coach Dan Hooks said. “When you dominate on defense, you’re going to win. We were able to shut down their skill people and Coach (Toby) Foreman was able to put points on the board for the win.”

The game began like a typical Silsbee-WO-S matchup but by the middle of the second quarter, there was no doubt that the Mustangs had a mission and would do what it took to accomplish it.
“This is the game we’ve been talking about on facebook since this summer-October 29- and I’m just glad we were able to prove ourselves to Silsbee and take back the district championship,” senior Mark Roberts said.

According to the players, this was one of three games that Reggie Garrett looked forward to. The Mustangs won the first one against Jasper for Garrett, 27-6, and this was the second one that he was determined to win, after losing to the Tigers in the mud bowl last year, 13-7.

“Silsbee scored first, which isn’t unusual but we were able to take care of business,” Hooks said. “The team was so focused throughout the week. We’ve had a lot of adversity this year but the coaches have done a tremendous job with the players.”

The Chain Gang defense held Silsbee to just 165 yards, only 11 of those on the ground, while the WO-S offense was able to put up 36 points and over 500 yards, with 396 rushing and 122 passing. The three-headed monster out of the backfield, Britton Lindsey, Darius Mitchell and Darius Robinson, accounted for 360 yards while receiver Mark Roberts had 113 of his own, including a fake punt that kept the ball out of Silsbee’s hands towards the end of the game.
Defensive Coordinator Cornel Thompson was not only honored by the way his defense played but also by former coaches and players, friends and family as he was presented a plaque by Hubert Boles, his McNeese baseball coach, during half time, for his 40 years of service as a coach.

Now the Mustangs will travel to Sour Lake to play the Hardin Jefferson Hawks in their final district game. HJ lost to Orangefield Friday night in Orangefield, 55-13, and have only one win in district over the Hamshire-Fannett Longhorns, 20-18. But the Hawks gave Silsbee a fight, losing in the last few minutes of the game, 30-20, two weeks ago.

Although the Mustangs are the district champs, the Hawks would like nothing more than to spoil WO-S’ perfect district record and beat the Mustangs to end the season. They are led by two different quarterbacks, Shannon Granthem and Garrett Gustafson. They also have two good offensive players in Will Anderson and Sadien Vallery.

The JV team will only have one game played Thursday at 5 pm at Dan R. Hooks stadium while the middle school teams will play in Sour Lake. The JV team clinched their own district title when they beat the Tigers last Thursday, 25-13. Silsbee could not find an answer for Sophomore Abear Simien who scored all four touchdowns and also played defense. The Tigers went into the fourth quarter up, 13-12, but on the first play Simien scored to put the Mustangs up.

Then, playing ball control, the offense went for it on 4th and 5, just trying to keep the ball, but Simien blasted through and was able to score to put the game out of reach. Other outstanding players on the offensive side of the ball were ArTevin McDonald, Dylan Brackens, Austin Rutledge, and Rashon McDonald. Defensive players of the game were Kaleb Franklin, Brackens, and Sheldon Lee.

Come out and support the Mustangs in the last district game of the season. Be sure to dress warm and plan to holler loud and be entertained by a team who has overcome so much this season and still has a goal in mind.