The sign on the fence said, “Purple and white on a field of green, the prettiest sight you’ve ever seen.” To the Port Neches-Groves fans, the scene was great…at least prior to the game, but the jumbo-tron that showed the scoreboard and the instant replays wasn’t too pretty for them after the first quarter. The Mustangs took control from the opening drive and never looked back in their 34-13 pronounced victory over the Indians.

The Mustangs first visit to the new turf at the Reservation turned out to be a pleasant one, even though the stands were sold out on the home side and the constant playing of “Cherokee” almost taunted them. WO-S rose to the occasion and racked up 355 total offense while holding the Indians to just 120 yards with most of those coming through the air.

“This was one of the better games we have played at the Reservation,” Head Coach Cornel Thompson said. “It’s always hard to win there and I knew if we could go in and stay focused and play for 48 minutes, we could win it.”

Quarterback Jimmy Salter had a hand in over 200 of the offensive yards, completing 17 of 21 passes for 184 yards and carrying the ball six times for 24 more. Senior J’Marcus Rhodes also had a stellar game, returning a punt 46 yards for a touchdown and also snagging seven catches for 111 yards and another touchdown.

“Coach Dyer and the offensive staff are doing a good job with their game plan and executing it,” Thompson said. “He knows the game and works hard to be one play ahead of what is happening on the field.”

Using six different backs and six different receivers, the offense used a balanced running/passing attack with almost the same amount of yards on each. Senior Tremaine Anderson scored the first touchdown with 4:53 left in the first quarter on an 11-yard pass from Salter. Seniors Abear Simien and Kane Tezeno scored rushing touchdowns.

“The kids have really bought in to what we are trying to do,” Thompson said. “We are starting out like we finished the year last year.”

Now it is time to focus on the speedy Central Jaguars. Although the Jags are 0-2, they only lost by three to the 5A Memorial Titans and by one touchdown to 5A West Brook this past weekend.

“With Central, there is the speed factor. They can run and they have skill people,” Thompson said. “They have a quarterback that can turn a bad play to a good one. Their defense is very physical and runs to the football.”

Central’s quarterback, Robert Mitchell, finished the game against West Brook competing 13 of 22 pass for 218 yards. His favorite receiver is brother Garrison Mitchell who had six catches for 85 yards in their loss to the Bruins.

The Mustangs will again be on the road Friday, travelling to the new Dr. C.A. Thomas Multipurpose Center (5250 Bayou Willow Way, Beaumont) for a 7 p.m. start. Varsity Football tickets for the game will be on sale in the Athletic Office the following dates and times: from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday and from 9 a.m. to noon Friday. Tickets are $6 for Adults and $3 for students with all tickets being at the gate.  To get to the new stadium, take IH-10 West towards Houston; Exit Brooks Rd. (Exit #847) follow access road to Brooks Road ramp; turn left at stop sign to take ramp to cross over I-10; turn left onto eastbound service road and the Thomas Center entrance will be on the right.

The sub varsity teams split games with PN-G with the freshmen losing 12-6 in a much better game than the week before. Maliki Hodges threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Thomas Wallace. Other offensive standouts besides Hodges and Wallace were JD Thomas and Ludarian Carter. Defensive standouts were Devin Williams, Domonique White and David Webb.

The JV won, 36-22. John Scott was the man of the hour, scoring four touchdowns from 2, 20, 32 and 60 yard runs. He also score 2-two point conversions. Trey Baldwin scored on a 65 yard run and Dillon Sterling had the catch for the two point conversion. Other outstanding offensive players were Tomarcus Fontenot and Rashaan Wilson with Elijah Teel and Troy Brinson as standouts on defense.

The subvarsity teams will be back in action again this week at Dan R. Hooks stadium with a 5 p.m. start time for the freshmen team and the JV game to follow.