Although it took a quarter for the Mustangs to get started, once they took off, they never looked back. Liberty had no answer for the balanced offensive and defensive attack that WO-S showed in their 63-7 romping Friday night at Provost Umphrey Stadium in Beaumont.

“We kind of got off to a slow start with a lot of mistakes,” Head Coach Dan Hooks said. “We didn’t look good there for a little bit but we finally settled down, refocused and played well.”

At the end of the first quarter, neither team had scored and the Mustangs had already fumbled twice in the red zone. But the things picked up for the Mustangs when senior Darius Mitchell burst through the middle for the first score of the night. Kicker Bryce Crew, who was seven for eight on the night, hit his first PAT and the ‘Stangs were finally on the board.

Liberty was unable to move the ball and the Mustangs were back in business when quarterback Jimmy Salter found receiver Mark Roberts on a 62-yard pass across the middle.  Only nine seconds after the kick-off to Liberty, junior Justin Thomas picked off the Panther quarterback Daniel Fitzwater and returned it 28 yards for the third score in less than three minutes.

It didn’t take running back Britton Lindsey long to get in on the scoring when he took a Jimmy Salter hand-off and went straight up the middle 20 yards to up the score to 26-0. Thomas took the hand-off on the two point conversion and outran the Panther defense from sideline to sideline before crossing the line and giving the Mustangs a 28-0 lead.

But that wasn’t the end of the scoring for the second quarter as Mitchell took the ball in from five yards out after catching two passes to get close, to end the half, 35-0.

Adding a new name to the scoring, junior DeCarlos Renfro put on a show to start the second half by catching a pass from Salter and taking it to the house to put the Mustangs up, 42-0. Renfro also had a 62-yard TD run after Darius Robinson’s 3-yard touchdown run earlier in the third.

“We were able to play a lot of our young kids in the second half which is a good thing because you never know when you will need them,” Hooks said.

Sophomore Tremaine Anderson took over for Salter and the Mustangs didn’t miss a beat, still moving the ball before Anderson scored the final points on a 1-yard run up the middle.

The defense hung tough all night, holding Liberty’s Darrin Edwards to less than 50 yards until late in the game, when he broke through on a 65-yard gallop. The Mustangs still had an answer for him as Thomas outran him, stopping him at the twenty. The next play, Liberty fumbled and the ball went back to the ‘Stangs. However, the Panthers answered quick as sophomore Abear Simien coughed up the ball right into Jorge Rodriguez’s hands and with less than three minutes in the game, Liberty was on the board.

Next up are familiar faces in the Brookshire Royal Falcons. Although the two have only played twice, the Mustangs came away with the win both times, 33-7 in 2008, the first game after being back from Hurricane Ike and 49-6 in 2009. The game is Friday night, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Woodforest Stadium in The Woodlands.

The Falcons star is the 2010 200m state champion, Brandon Williams. Thomas, as a sophomore, actually came in second behind Williams at the state meet. Williams has committed to play at the next level with former Mustangs Trey Franks and James Haynes at Oklahoma University in Norman.

“Williams is one of the outstanding running backs in Texas and has over 2100 yards,” Hooks said. “They also have a good little quarterback in Tevin Long who reminds me of the kid from Silsbee. He’s left-handed and runs a pretty good offense.”
The Falcons are 8-3 on the season with losses to Sealy, Caldwell and Columbus by a total of 15 points.
“The defense will really be tested this week with the speed that Brookshire brings,” Hooks said. “We’ll have to have a great defensive effort like we’ve had all year.”

Tickets will be on sale in the Athletic Office, Thursday, Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. and Friday, Nov. 19  from 9 a.m. to noon only. Adult tickets are $7 and students are $3 while all tickets at the gate are $7. The Mustangs are the home team. The winner of this game will face the winner of the Lorena/Athens game that will be played the same night.

Directions to the stadium are as follows: Take I-10 West to Houston. Take exit 775A to merge onto I-610N then take exit 17B to merge onto I-45 toward Dallas. Take exit 77 for Lake Woodlands Dr/Tamina Rd/Research Forest Rd. Merge onto I-45/I-45 Service Rd. Turn right at Shenandoah Park Dr. Turn right on David Memorial to stadium.

Come out and support the Mustangs in the third match-up of West Orange-Stark and Brookshire Royal. Bring your loud voices and be ready to help cheer the team on to the next level.