Week four of football is underway in Southeast Texas, and our local area teams each look to find their own distinctive paths to the play-offs as the masters of their own post-season destiny. Some teams got their first wins last Friday, while others are still looking to get things together this week.

The Bridge City Cardinals notched their first win last week against Kelly. The Cards’ went out to Beaumont determined to come back with the win, and they did so in impressive fashion as the defense managed to shut the Bulldogs out 35-0. The offense really came through with four different players accounting for all five of the Cardinal’s points. Daniel Faulk and Chase Shugart each had a touchdown, while Kruz Dearbonne had two himself. The  player of the game was Asthton Hunter, who rushed for a remarkable 300 yards on the day. He pounded the Kelly defense repeatedly on 27 attempts, and even had one 60 plus yard touchdown run to the house. The Cards are on a bye this week, so expect Coach Stump to have the boys well prepared for their district opener against Buna  7 p.m. Friday, September 28.

The Orangefield Bobcats faced the Newton Eagles last Friday, and though the score got out of hand by the end of the contest (40-14), the game was closer than the numbers would imply for a good portion of the game. The Bobcats managed to minimize the number of turnovers from last week but still lost a few fumbles. They go down to 0-3 for the season, but Coach Smalley is already looking ahead to the match-up next week against a battered Beaumont Kelly. Fresh-off the loss against Bridge City, Coach Smalley and the Bobcats will look to come in and dominate at home much like the Cardinals did. Look for Eric Truncale and Carl Wiley to lead the way against the Bulldogs this Friday at 7 p.m.

Coach Thompson and West Orange-Stark are still clicking like a machine. They hosted Jasper last week and didn’t post any eye-popping numbers, but they did get that much closer to the ultimate prize. Anything short of a play-off berth would be disappointing for “Mustang Nation” as they have gotten accustomed to seeing the post-season regularly. They blanked the Bulldogs 14-0, making it two shut-out for the year and that puts their record at 3-0 . This week they’ll host Hamshire-Fannett and don’t expect the train to stop there. The Mustangs should roll off another win heading into their off-week just in time to play Orangefield.

Coach Crouch and the LC-M Battlin’ Bears are coming off of their bye this Friday against Coldspring. The Bears will host the contest and are 0-2 on the year after losing their first two match-ups. Much like the Bobcats and the Cardinals from a week ago, The Bears are going to be hungry for their first win of the year, so expect Coach Crouch and his team to come out of the box swinging.