WOS Mustangs advance to semifinals
Fast and furious are just two words that could be used to describe the WO-S Mustangs after the offense put up 52 points and the defense held Columbus to just 9, in the second round win at Buddy Moorhead Stadium this past Friday night.
“This is the first time any of these kids have been members of a second round win,” Head Coach Cornel Thompson said. “We hope to maintain our hunger for a win in the third round.”
The next round, the regional round will be played at Woodforest Bank Stadium on Saturday, November 26 at 2 pm against the Bullard Panthers.
The Mustangs came out firing on all cylinders Friday night. The defense held Columbus on their first possession, forcing the Cardinals to punt. On the first offensive play, quarterback Jimmy Salter hit a streaking Derek Ledet on a 62-yard bomb for the first score.
The Cardinals answered back pretty quick with a field goal of their own. However, the defense was stingy all night, especially on the ground, limiting Columbus to just 43 yards on 27 carries and only 241 total yards.
The Mustangs used an arsenal of weapons to put points on the board while the Chain Gang did their job, also. Salter, who completed 17 of 21 passes for 272 yards and two touchdowns and also scored two of his own, ran the Mustang offense by utilizing five different receivers and four different backs.
Senior Britton Lindsey used his legs to gain 194 yards on the ground for the Mustangs, while scoring once on a 61 yard run. Lindsey now sits at 1,455 yards on the season. Junior Quentin Tezeno scored on a nine-yard run on a double reverse and also had another pivotal carry for 23 yards. Abear Simien also scored on a 4-yard run.
Receiver J’Marcus Rhodes led the team with 7 catches for 131 yards, scoring on a 67-yard pass from freshman back-up quarterback Chase Rutledge. Ledet finished the game with 5 catches for 81 yards, while junior Nathaniel Colbert had two catches for 85 yards, one of those being a 77-yard touchdown. Senior Larry Sonnier also had 3 catches for 44 yards.
“I thought we gave a great effort both halves,” Thompson said. “We held our poise when we were faced with poor sportsmanship and I was very proud of the way we conducted ourselves. We played hard four quarters.”
The focus is now on the Bullard Panthers. They are led by quarterback Colton Mebane, who, according to Thompson, is the best quarterback that the Mustangs have faced so far.
“Bullard is a very well-coached team, one of the best coached teams that we have played,” Thompson said. “They are a junior ball club, kind of like we are. They are very consistent and execute their offense well. They also swarm to the ball on defense.”
Bullard, who was the third place team in their district, is coming off of a huge win over Waco Robinson, 53-41. The Panthers racked up 559 total yards while allowing Robinson to have 524. They run a very similar offense and defense to the Mustangs.
“If we advance this week, we’ll have to earn it,” Thompson said. “Right now, we are executing well on offense, and are still playing hard defensively but this will be the best team we’ve seen so far. We’ll have to play a four quarter football game.”
The Mustangs are the visiting team. Tickets, at this point, will have to be purchased at the gate with all tickets selling for $8. There are two ways to get to the stadium depending on which route you prefer. Interstate 10 directions are to take IH-10 to exit 775A to merge onto I-610 N. Take exit 17B to merge onto I-45 toward Dallas. Take exit 77 for Lake Woodlands Dr/Tamina Rd/Research Forest Rd. Merge onto the service road and turn right at Shanandoah Park Drive. Travelling FM 105 to the stadium begins taking I-10 to Beaumont. Take 69/ 96/ 287 exit, going to Parkdale Mall. Exit State Highway 105 and turn right onto Hwy. 105. Go through Conroe, pass under I-45 and go left, merging onto I-45S. Take Research Forest Exit and u-turn under I-45.Follow the feeder road North and turn right at Shenandoah Park Dr.
The Mustangs would love to have the support of the Golden Triangle football fans. With six teams in the area still playing this weekend, come out and support one of the teams. Wear your own schools, colors and represent the area. Good luck to all who are playing this weekend-East Chambers, Memorial, Nederland, Vidor, Ozen and of course, the Mighty Mustangs!!