The fourth quarter usually belongs to the Mustangs, but Friday night, the Nederland Bulldogs took over in the last period of play and won the game in the final few seconds, 21-20.

“We played hard but not smart and you can’t do that against a team like Nederland,” first year Head Coach Cornel Thompson said. “We had several guys playing in their first varsity game ever and their lack of maturity worked against us.”

Despite the loss, the Mustangs had many positives to hang their hats on.

The chain gang defense held Nederland’s running game to one yard in the first half and only 56 total rushing yards. WO-S also posted 12 tackles for loss and three quarterback sacks.

Senior Britton Lindsey had a great game bulldozing his way to 141 yards on 21 carries while quarterback Jimmy Salter had 11 passes completed with 14 attempts for 109 yards. His top target of the night was junior Larry Sonnier with 4 catches for 54 yards. Senior DeCarlos Renfro also had two interceptions, one that he caught in the endzone to keep the Bulldogs from scoring before going in for the half.

Although Nederland struck first, it was the Mustangs who led at the half after controlling most of the second quarter, inching the ball down the field on the legs of Lindsey. Lindsy scored the first touchdown on a seven yard carry around the left side, diving across the pylon. Less than three minutes later, Salter hit receiver Ja’Marcus Rhodes in the back corner of the endzone to put the score at 13-7, going into the half.

Lindsey was able to break free in the third quarter and score again on a 53-yard run. Jerquis Beasley made two of three PATs.

However, the fourth quarter belonged to the Bulldogs as they were able to score twice. The two point conversion with just 22 seconds left, although controversial, was ruled to be “in” and Nederland took the lead, 21-20. The Mustangs didn’t lay down but continued to fight. Slater moved the ball to the 50 and with two seconds left, Beasley attempted a field goal, which went wide right. However, the ‘Dogs were flagged for roughing the kicker and Beasley was able to move up 15 yards for another attempt with no time on the clock. The kick, although straight down the middle, fell about five yards short and that was the ball game.

But now it’s time to turn their attention to this Friday night, a matchup where the Mustangs will seek revenge against a quality Friendswood team, who beat them in the last few minutes of last years’ game, 35-34.

“Friendswood went four rounds deep in the play-offs last year and sent three to major colleges,” Thompson said. “They are a solid program so we will have to play hard and smart.”
Friendswood bring several players to the table that are already committed to play at the next level.

“Their running back, Jonathon Johnson, is probably the best we will face all year,” Thompson said. Johnson has verbally committed to the Air Force Academy. Tackle Seaver Myers is also verbally committed to play in college.

“I told the players that they will have to grow up fast,” Thompson said. “We have a tough schedule and our only success will come from senior leaders and mature juniors. We played hard this past Friday, we just didn’t play smart.”

The Mustang family welcomes several new faces to the corral. Stan Hodges, who coached in the Houston area last year, will lead the offensive side of the ball while Mike Pierce, who has previously been at WO-S, will lead the defensive side. Coaches Ed Dyer and Carl Broussard, who have been Mustang coaches, will continue in their capacity. Others include Tramaine Hancock (Kountze), Ross Mott (Waco University) and Kurt Reeves (McNeese). Ninth grade coaches are still Randy Ragsdale, Shea Landry and Jason Wilkins. Middle school football coaches are Jimmy Hallman, coordinator, Robert Collins, Michael Shugart and Adam Kellam.

The Mustang family is also sad to say goodbye to a great player who has not only been great on the field, but has had a part in three track state championships. It will be hard not to see that signature smile from senior Justin Thomas on the field or down the track but he is wished well in finishing high school early and making this Mustang Mom proud at University of Utah.

The JV team was successful against Nederland last week, winning 19-8, while the ninth grade got beat, 28-13.

Friday, the Mustangs play at home. The second annual Tailgate party will begin at 5 p.m. in front of the Career Center to kick off the first home game. There will be food, fun and festivities and everyone is welcome to attend the free event.

Come out and support the WO-S Mustangs and cheer them on to a victory over the Friendswood Mustangs. You won’t be disappointed!