Playing a new team in a new place yielded the same results for the Mustangs as they went into Buna for the first time ever and defeated the Cougars, 40-0, making this the eighth win for the season and the sixth shut-out.

“I was proud of our kids for going into the situation and winning,” Head Coach Cornel Thompson said. “Buna was just what I thought that they would be-big, physical and they played hard.”

Although the game seemed to start out slowly by those not in attendance, the WO-S and Buna fans saw another story. The Mustangs had a touchdown called back, the Cougars had a touchdown called back and an interception by Quentin Tezeno was blown dead as he snagged the ball that would’ve resulted in another WO-S score. The Mustangs were only up at the half, 10-0.

However, WO-S exploded after half time and Buna could never recover. During the third quarter, quarterback Jimmy Salter crossed the goal line with just over a minute ticked off the clock on an 11-yard keeper, putting the Mustangs up 17-0 after a field goal by Rodikson Cano and a Salter six-yard touchdown run in the first half.

“Our kids responded positively to Buna’s play and the official’s calls and that got us ready to play in the second half and we got the victory,” Thompson said.

Buna’s Glenn Patrick was picked off for the second time when Deionte Thompson snagged a pass without missing a beat and returned it 27 yards for the second score of the third. Salter was again a part of the third third quarter touchdown when he hit receiver Tremaine Anderson on a bubble and Anderson took it 44 yards to put the Mustangs up 30-0 to start the fourth.

Salter finished his time on the field with a 17-yard touchdown run up the middle with 11:53 left in the game. The last score was a 23-yard field goal by Cano.

The defense had another stellar performance, holding the Cougars to 102 yards total offense, which all came on the ground. Buna’s Patrick completed two passes but both were to Mustang players with one resulting in Thompson’s touchdown.

Next up for the Mustangs are the Bridge City Cardinals. The Cardinals, who are

4-4 overall, beat Hardin Jefferson last Friday, 13-0.

“Bridge City is Bridge City,” Thompson said. “They will play hard here. They run the spread and we’ll have to get back into the mental mode of the spread. They are in the situation that they have to win to get into the playoffs.”

The Cardinals beat Buna, 28-24, the first week of the season, after being down by 24 points at the half. They beat Hamshire-Fannett, 30-0 but lost to Silsbee, 20-45. They are led by running back Ashton Hunter, who reached the 1000 yard mark this past Friday in the last few minutes of the game. Daniel Faulk, who is the quarterback, has passed for 537 yards and nine touchdowns and has scored two rushing touchdowns. Receiver Tanner Cervanka is Faulk’s favorite target, with five touchdown catches and 156 yards.

“You can pretty much throw the record out when we play Bridge City,” Thompson said. “It’s kind of the same scenario as seven years ago when we played over there and they needed a win to get in and we ended up beating them in our first overtime ever.”

Friday will be senior night for the Mustangs, beginning at 6:20 p.m. with kick-off at 7 p.m.. All senior football players, trainers, cheerleaders, band members, Fillies and managers will be introduced prior to the game. Tickets for the game will be on sale in the Athletic Office Wednesday – 1-3 p.m., Thursday – 9-noon and 1-3 p.m. and Friday – 9-noon ONLY. Tickets are $5 for reserved and $2 for the student section. All tickets at the gate are $5.

The subvarsity teams all won Thursday night. The seventh grade team beat Buna, 43-0 and the eighth grade won, 46-0. The freshmen team (6-2, 5-0) played Bridge City and won, 20-0. Quarterback Maliki Hodge had a hand in all of the scoring with a one yard run, a 43-yard pass to JaQuarius Garrick and a 44-yard pass to Thomas Wallace. David Webb also caught a two-point conversion from Hodge. Offensive standouts are Hodge, Webb, Wallace, Garrick and JaDarius Thompson. Defensive standouts are Domonique White, Mark Ledet, Garrick and Demeric Judge.

The JV team beat Buna, 38-8. Dillon Sterling-Cole threw three touchdown passes-17 yards to Jermaine Mitchell, 43 yards and 14 yards to Caleb Collins. Trae Baldwin also had a 47-yard touchdown run and a two-point conversion. Sterling-Cole also scored 2 two-point conversions and passed to Mitchell for another. The defense scored twice. Josh Tims picked up a fumbled Buna punt and Dee Wolfford intercepted the Cougar quarterback and ran it back for a 60-yard touchdown. Other JV offensive standouts are Jacob Hyrorchuk, Wollford, and Brandon Lebouef. Defensive standouts are Elijah Teel, Steven Tims, and Marco Jaganathan.

The ninth grade and JV teams will play in Bridge City on Thursday with the first game starting at 5 p.m. while the Stallions will play at the middle school field at the same time.

Come out for a typical WO-S-Bridge City match-up that will surely be a great game. Congratulate the seniors who will be playing, dancing and cheering on their home field for the last time!

The Chain Gang defense had another stellar performance against the Buna Cougars, holding them to 102 yards and zero points in the 40-0 win. RECORD PHOTO: Meri Elen Jacobs