Pushed into a corner with an 0-2 season start, the WO-S Mustangs came out fighting and sent the Jasper Bulldogs running back to their “dog house” after 48 minutes of play Friday night.

The Mustangs, led by Britton Lindsey, put it into high gear after the half and never looked back as they whipped the ‘Dogs, 37-13. Lindsey had 308 yards on 36 carries and five touchdowns, bringing his rushing yards to over 600 yards for three games.

The Mustang defense was also superb, holding Jasper’s Karrion Morrisey to under 100 yards and limiting their ‘Dog offense to only 12 first downs and only 131 total yards.

“This win was a big deal,” Head Coach Cornel Thompson said. “We were in a must-win situation. When you start 0-2, players as well as coaches, start doubting. We’ve been doing a lot of things right, we just haven’t been able to finish. The first two games, we were two or three plays from winning both of them.”

When the team entered the field, the atmosphere seemed to be different than the two previous games. Although it was a somber moment, with several players carrying a number 12 jersey in memory of Reggie Garrett, there was also a determination that shone from that moment until the last seconds ticked off of the clock.

“We practiced harder the last two weeks and just came out with a better attitude,” Lindsey said. “It was the anniversary of Reggie’s death and we were fired up with a bigger purpose than the other weeks.”

The Chain Gang defense started in the first series and shut Jasper down, forcing them to punt on their first possession. Senior Da’Carlos Renfro took the punt to inside the ten and the very next play, Lindsey hit the end zone to put the Mustangs up, 7-0. It only took the Mustangs two more plays to hit pay dirt again after Jasper’s punter bobbled the snap and WO-S took over at the five yard line.

The Bulldogs got on the board late in the first after the Chain Gang forced them to kick a 24-yard field goal. It didn’t take long for them to score again after Jasper’s Donovan Middleton snagged a Jimmy Salter and returned it 89 yards for a touchdown. The only other Jasper score came late in the second quarter when kicker Marco Lopez hit his second 24-yard field goal for the night.

Lindsey was able to get the scoring started early in the third quarter after junior Travon Blanchard recovered a fumble on a busted up reverse play.

“The offensive line really picked it up this week and came out aggressive,” Lindsey said. “During our off week, we had a meeting and all made promises as to what we were going to do after we evaluated our priorities. This past Friday, there was a big difference.”

The Mustangs will now face the Giddings Buffaloes, who are 3-1, losing to the Elgin Wildcats last week by one point in the last few minutes of the game.

“Giddings is a perennial play-off team and this game will have a play-off atmosphere,” Thompson said. “If the two of us make it through the first round of play-offs, we could see each other again in the second round.”

But for now, it’s time to concentrate on this Saturday’s game, which will be played in Huntsville at Bowers Stadium at 6 pm.

“Giddings has a new coaching staff with a new system, but they still have a veteran team,” Thompson said. “They return 27 seniors who are seasoned and have a tail back, Joseph Glenn, who has 661 yards rushing in four games.”

The Mustangs have faced stiff opponents all year and the key to this weeks’ win will be cutting down on penalties and continuing to execute the offense and defense.

“We have to come out fired up and execute every play,” Lindsey said.

The varsity wasn’t the only one with wins last week. The freshman team won, 31-12.

Quarterback Chase Rutledge threw touchdown passes of 18, 12, and 62 yards. Tre’ Spencer had two of the TD’s while, one coming off a 53 yard interception. Issac Aubrey had three TD’s to cap off the night. Next game is with PA Memorial next Thursday. Offensive Standouts are Chase Rutledge, Virgil Vontour, Tre’ Spencer, Issac Aubrey, Marco Jaganathan and defensive standouts are Malik Levi, Cameron Herbert, Paul Hebert, Jermaine Mitchell and Keylan Collins.

The WO-S JV team beat Jasper, 21-6. Kane Tezeno scored twice; on a 2 yard and 18 yard runs. Will Johnson scored on a 3 yard run. Roddickson Cano kicked an extra point and had an interception. Elijah Teal scored on a miffed PAT that he was able to carry across the goal line.
Offensive standouts include Dwain Boullard, Deante Thompson and Tavin Terrell. Defensive standouts include Thompson, Terrell, Kaleb Franklin and Teddy Stone (quarterback sack). The JV is 3-0 and will play Memorial next week at the middle school at 7 p.m. The freshmen will not have a game.

Tickets for the WO-S vs. Giddings football game will be on sale in the Athletic Office Thursday, Sept. 22, 9-12 and 1-3 p.m and Friday, Sept. 23, 9-12 p.m. WO-S is the visiting team. Ticket prices are $7 for Adults and $4 for students. All tickets at the gate are $8. Directions to Bowers Stadium are: I-10 to Beaumont, Take 69, 96, 287 exit, Exit State Highway 105, Take 105 until you get to Loop 336. Turn right. Stay on the Loop until you get to 75; Take 75 to I-45 North to Huntsville; Go north on Interstate 45; Take Exit 114 (two miles north of Sam Houston statue); Turn right at the stoplight by the Dairy Queen onto Montgomery Road (Hwy 1374); Continue straight through stoplight at intersection of Montgomery Road and Sam Houston Blvd. Next stop sign is Bowers Blvd. with Bowers Stadium on the right. The game will also be broadcast on KOGT.