The West Orange-Stark Mustangs (11-0) trampled the Cleveland Indians 57-0 at the Butch Thomas Beaumont ISD Complex Friday night. The Mustangs dominated their Region III Class 3A bi-district playoff opponent with a 41-0 first half lead. In the fourth quarter the “running clock” was invoked to bring the 57-0 playoff game to a quicker end.

The Mustangs struck early with a Traven Blanchard 38 yard touchdown interception just 58 seconds into the contest. The famed Chain Gang defense contributed to three first half touchdowns and allowed Clevelend a mere six total yards rushing, -3 in the air. Meanwhile, WOS quarterback Jimmy Salter connected with wide receiver JMarcus Rhodes for two first half touchdowns. At intermission Salter was 8-10 with 107 yards in the air.

Salter and Rhodes whittled down the Cleveland defense in big chunks. Salter and Rhodes combined for a third quarter 44 yard touchdown drive that ended when Blanchard went untouched from the two yard line with 3:35 on the clock for a 47-0 lead. The Chain Gang defense provided another two points on a safety making it 50-0.

“Running clock” was put in effect after Mustang punt returner Quinton Tezeno scampered 63 yards to make it 57-0. The ‘running clock’ brought the playoff game to a nonstop finish early in the fourth quarter.

In all the Mustangs chalked up 240 total yards. Salter was 11-15 passing. Rhodes collected 138 yards receiving and 2 TDs. Offensively the Mustangs ground out 12 first downs with zero turnovers. The ‘Chain Gang’ defense allowed the Cleveland Indians only 14 total yards, 17 rushing and – 3 passing.

In other Region III bi-district playoff action the Bridge City Cardinals fell to Coldspring 40-0. Vidor was defeated by Summer Creek 38-20.

See the upcoming editions of The Record newspapers for playoff game photos and commentary.

West Orange-Stark Mustang Tremaine Anderson leads the way after running back Abear Simien takes the hand-off from quarterback Jimmy Salter. 
RECORD PHOTO: Meri Elen Jacobs