Visiting Tiger Stadium is not something that the Mustangs really look forward to. Besides the fact that it usually rains before or during the game, causing the fields and sidelines to be extremely muddy, Silsbee, and the referees, usually put up a big fight.

The Mustangs will face the Hardin Jefferson Hawks at home Friday night. The Hawks (1-8, 0-4) are coming off of a 34-7 loss to Orangefield. HJ is lead by quarterback Jared Gieske, tailback Jeremiah Richard and receivers Austin Orrenmaa and Dylan Vannoy.

And true to life, that is exactly what happened this past Friday night. Only this time, unlike last, the Mustangs walked away with a 24-13 victory and are one step closer to being crowned district champs.

“I’m proud of the kids,” Head Coach Cornel Thompson said. “That’s two weeks in a row that we have given that type of effort and we were mentally ready for both games.”

The Tigers started off the scoring on their second possession when quarterback Patrick Reed hit a wide open Floyd Spearman for a 53-yard touchdown. Garrett Drake’s PAT was good and the Tigers were on the board, 7-0. The Mustangs, however, answered back when Derrick Ledet caught a 24-yard Jimmy Salter pass. Jerquis Beasley’s PAT was good and the score was knotted at 7-7 at the end of the first quarter.

Silsbee didn’t let the tied score stop them as they pulled down deep and chanced it on fourth down from the 36. Backup quarterback Drake was able to surprise the Mustang defense by showing up uncovered in the middle of the field, snagging a Reed pass and putting six more on the board. His PAT, however, was no good.

The Mustangs answered the call with just 19 seconds left in the first half when Salter followed Lindsey right around the left side and leapt into the end zone to tie the score. But Beasley’s kick was good and the Mustangs were up by one to head into the locker room at the half.
This only fired WO-S up and coming out in the second half, they were able to hold Silsbee scoreless, while putting up ten points of their own to win the game. One of the interesting plays of the game came after the Mustangs were on the six inch line and were called for a personal foul, moving back to the 15-yard line. Silsbee’s defense forced the Mustangs to kick a field goal. The attempt was blocked and after falling into two Silsbee defenders hands, ended up in the hands of Mustang Travon Blanchard, who happened to be over the goal line. The referee, who had the perfect view of the play, signaled a touchdown but as WO-S lined up to kick the extra point, the head referee called an official time out and 10 minutes later, the TD was taken away and Silsbee got the ball on the 20- yard line.

Even though they were a little discouraged because of the penalties, only a few plays later, after moving the ball down the field on the legs of running back Britton Lindsey, Salter was able to hit pay dirt again to put the Mustangs up, 21-13.

The Chain Gang stuffed Silsbee every time the Tigers had the ball and in the fourth quarter, Beasley was able to hit a field goal from 23 yards out to put the game out of reach.

Lindsey hit the 1000 yard mark during the game after rushing for close to 200 yards.

“We have one more game and we want to continue to execute on offense and defense going into the play-offs,” Thompson said. “We’ll play our game this week and let the chips fall where they may. We don’t want to make any mental errors.

“We have gotten a lot of our players back from injuries and seem to be clicking at just the right time,” Thompson said. “We are looking forward to finishing up our regular season at home Friday. I tell the kids that senior night is kind of like Homecoming. We can’t let outside forces distract us. We still have to go out and perform and win the game.”

WO-S will honor its senior players, as well as the senior band members, cheerleaders and Fillies before the game. Senior Mustang players are Sheldon Lee, Taywaun Lucas, DeCarlos Renfro, Derrick Ledet, Abear Simien, LaDarius Wilkes, Britton Lindsey, Lawrence Gilmore, Dominique Janice, Devin Hebert, Matthew Lackey, Julius Knolley, Ian Jenkins and Ryan Allen.
The 9/JV combined team lost a tight game to Silsbee, 8-6, with Kane Tezeno running it in for the lone score. Deionte’ Thompson had two interceptions in the game. The middle school teams all came away with victories in Silsbee. The 8th grade won, 32-22, seventh B won, 38-0 and the seventh A team won, 22-6. The 9/JV combined team will play in Sour Lake at Hardin Jefferson HS Thursday at 6 pm. The middle school teams will play their final game at home on Thursday.

Although the varsity will play Friday night at 7 p.m., come early since the seniors will be honored around 6:30 p.m. Tickets will be on sale Wednesday, 1-3 p.m.; Thursday, 9 to noon and 1-3 p.m. and Friday 9 to noon.

Congratulations to the Lady Mustang Volleyball team. Although they will not be moving on to the play-offs after losing in three to Orangefield in the play-in game this past Friday, they represented WO-S well with a 6-4 winning season and tying for second with Orangefield and Bridge City.