Mustangs don’t quit
Although the Mustangs left the Reservation with a 37-34 loss Friday night, one positive stood out among the others-the Mustangs don’t quit!! Down two different times by 16, WO-S kept on and never gave up, pulling to within 3 points at the end of the game.
“We played hard for the most part and we didn’t quit fighting,” Head Coach Cornel Thompson said. “We had a chance the whole time and we continued to fight.”
The Mustangs took the ball from the opening kick-off and drove the ball down the field. The Indians stopped WO-S at the one yard line when PN-G’s Jeremiah Rose jumped in front of a Chase Rutledge pass. However, the Indians couldn’t do anything with the gift and the Mustangs found themselves in scoring position again. But that also ended before WO-S could cross the goal line when a
pass from Rutledge to Chris Horn was fumbled at the one yard line.
“So many of our kids have never played there before and were not mentally ready,” Thompson said. “The Reservation is a hostile environment and they are hard to beat at their own place.”
The first bright spot for the Mustangs came toward the end of the first quarter when junior Dieonte Thompson stepped in front of an Indian pass and took it 42 yards for the first score of the night. Rodickson Cano’s PAT was good and the Mustangs were up, 7-0.
It didn’t take but one play from scrimmage and the Indians were on the board, tying the game at 7. Before the Mustangs could score again, the Indians put two more touchdowns and a safety on the board, making it 23-7. Running back Chris James put the Mustangs back in the game right before the half when he ran 89 yards for a touchdown and Cano’s PAT sent WO-S to the field house trailing, 23-14.
The Indians wasted no time getting back on the board in the third to go up by 16 points again, 30-14. But the fierce Mustangs answered back with a score of their own when a tipped pass by Dillon Sterling-Cole, landed in the hands of Tre Spencer, who took it 56 yards for six points. Cano’s PAT was good and the Mustangs were right back in the game.
“Dillon was a positive for us,” Thompson said. “He played with a lot of confidence.”
Sterling-Cole would finish the game with a pair of touchdowns, one for 1 yard and one for 7.
“If you take any one play of six mistakes away and we win the game,” Thompson said. “They rolled the ball to us and we just rolled it back.”
Meanwhile, the Mustangs have to look forward and learn from their mistakes. The Central Jaguars are coming to town on Friday, September 13 and are coming off of a loss themselves. Central lost Friday to 5A West Brook 31-14.
“This will be our first home game and the speed picks up,” Thompson said. “And the price of poker is a little higher. Practice will be closed this week to the public. We want the kids to be focused. We want their undivided attention.”
Central’s playmaker is their quarterback, senior Michael Jacquet. His favorite target is Garrison Mitchell and Damion Thomas runs the ball for the Jaguars.
“Mitchell, #12 is their big guns,” Thompson said. “And their defense will swarm to the football. Coach Foreman and his staff do a great job and you can bet that they will be ready. We just hope we can get ours ready.”
The game has a 7 pm start with a Tailgate party in front of the school to kick it off at 6 pm. Tickets will be on sale in the athletic office Wednesday 1-3, Thursday 9-12 and 1-3 and Friday morning 9-12. They are $5 for adults and $2 for students with all tickets at the gate $5.
The sub varsity teams rained out against Port Neches-Groves but will be back in action Thursday night at Babe Zaharias Stadium in Beaumont starting at 5 pm. Please come out and start this weekend off right with the game Thursday, and the pep rally and tailgate party Friday prior to the game. Go Mustangs!!