The Orangefield Bobcats (3-4, 0-2 District) will be on the road this week traveling to Hamshire-Fannett (2-5, 1-1 District) for a 7 p.m. kickoff. The Bobcats will be looking to even up their season record with a win over the longtime rival Longhorns. The Longhorns are entering the contest following a high scoring (60-6) win over the Hardin-Jefferson Hawks that have a season record of 1-6.

Orangefield enters the contest following two close games. The first was a one touchdown loss against the then unbeaten Silsbee Tigers, and last week’s three point loss to West Orange-Stark.

Orangefield started last weeks game with a note of confidence, after winning the coin toss Orangefield deferred receiving the ball to the second half and kicked off to the Mustangs. This was the beginning of a night of surprises by the Bobcats.

Orangefield kicked an (all in the air) 15 yard onside kick that was caught on the run by the Bobcats to set up Orangefield with the ball on the Mustang side of the field.

Neither team was able to get anything going on offense early in the game. Mid-way thru the first quarter, Orangefield’s Levi Shores intercepted a Mustang pass and was able to return it for a touchdown. With point after failing, the Bobcats held a 6-0 lead.

Early in the second quarter Orangefield recovered a Mustang fumble, only to have the WO-S defense come up with a big play of their own, intercepting an Ackerman pass and returning it for a touchdown. Mustangs lead 7-6.

Orangefield showed that they came to play. The Bobcats continued their ball control, steady offense. The Bobcats had a first and goal on the four and finally scored on third and one with a Carl Wiley dive up the middle, followed by a two point conversion to go into halftime with a 14-7 lead.

The Mustangs held the Bobcats on their first possession of the second half forcing the Bobcats to punt. On their next possession, the Mustangs followed up by scoring on a 30 yard run up the middle by Britton Lindsey at 8:48 of the third quarter and the point after was good, the score was tied a 14-14.

The Mustang defense was able to hold off Orangefield’s offense and at 4:37 of the third quarter, the Mustangs scored with a field goal by Jerquis Beasley giving them a 17-14 lead.

At 4:54 of the fourth quarter, Orangefield created one more opportunity to take the lead when Jake Best recovered a WO-S fumble at the Mustang 26. The Bobcats drove down to the WO-S 11 yard line and on fourth and six with 1:46 on the clock, attempted a 28 yard field yard that went just wide right, bringing the Bobcats drive and chance of victory to an end.

WO-S ran out the clock securing their victory leading them into next week’s game against Bridge City tied with the Cardinals for the lead in the district race.