From the minute the Mustangs stepped on the muddy field Friday night, they took control of the game and never looked back as they beat the Silsbee Tigers, 35-0. Quarterback Jack Dallas was back as the starter, making up for the time he lost leading the Mustangs by completing 11 of 23 pass for 264 yards. And senior Will Johnson took the opportunity to remind the fans that not only could he throw, since he filled in for Dallas the last two weeks, but he could catch as well. Johnson had five catches for 166 yards and three touchdowns.
“Our kids performed well in the bad weather,” Head Coach Cornel Thompson said. “We had no injuries and got a victory and we swarmed to the ball defensively. We got our quarterback back and he was pretty impressive in the bad weather and the shape of the field, throwing five touchdown passes.”
The first few minutes of the game were spent trading the ball back and forth before Dallas hit Trey Baldwin over the middle from 14 yards out and he was able to put WO-S up, 6-0. Kicker Hector Vela hit his first PAT to make it, 7-0.
With every play, the field got worse, limiting the running game for both teams.
And the Chain Gang defense didn’t help Silsbee out at all either, holding them to -10 yards rushing and only five first downs, three of those coming off of penalties.
After a Dallas to Johnson 17 yard touchdown pass and a good Vela PAT, the Mustangs went in at the half up, 14-0.
Although they changed their muddy, wet uniforms, they didn’t change the pace that they were playing to and continued on their great defensive and offensive performance. Dallas threw a 70-yard touchdown pass and a 33-yard one to Johnson. Junior Aric Cormier got his first varsity touchdown when Dallas found him wide open in the middle of the field for a 62 yard reception for the score.
“This makes the second year that Silsbee has come to our place and not scored,” Thompson said. “They weren’t able to handle the field or the weather very well.”
The 4-0 Mustangs will travel to Baytown to play the 4-0 Richmond Foster Falcons Friday night at 7:30. The two teams have never faced each other before.
“Richmond Foster is a very good football team,” Thompson said. “They are ranked number 5 or 6 in the state in 5A, depending on what poll you look at. They are averaging about 40 points a game. I expect us to get punched in the mouth, but I also expect us to punch them in the mouth!”
According to Thompson, this is a game that the Mustangs need to prepare us for district and beyond.
“The seniors need to step forward and give leadership, especially those that have experience in the play-offs,” Thompson said. “Those who are faint of heart need not get on the bus. But we have lined up against some pretty tough teams and I expect us to play like the traditional blue and silver WO-S Mustangs.”
Tickets will be on sale Thursday in the WO-S athletic office 9-12 and 1-3 and Friday morning 9-12. Reserved adult tickets are $6 and students are $4. All tickets at the gate are $8. To get to the stadium, take I10 west to Baytown. Take the Sjolander Road exit and turn south. Turn right onto Archer Street, about one mile down and the stadium will be on the left.
The subvarsity teams both beat Silsbee, even in the rain. The ninth grade won, 18-6. Jarron Gilbert scored on a 20 yard run and DeMorris Thibodeaux scored on an 18-yard TD pass from Jordan Charles.
Charles also scored on a 2 yard run. Offensive Standouts for the freshmen were Gilbert, Charles, Thibodeaux and Adrick Mims. Freshmen defensive standouts were Mark Thibodeaux ,(2 – INT’s) Kevin Richard, Dameon Morris, Paul Ivory and Trevon Tillman.
The JV beat the Tigers, 34-0. In fact, the JV team has only allowed one touchdown all season from their opponents. Scoring against Silsbee for the JV was Malech Edwards who had a 16 yard run and a 20 yard run. Jaylen Mathews scored on a 9 yard reception from KJ Miller and also scored a two point conversion. Trey Guillory, Keion Hancock and David Webb also scored two point conversions and Jeremiah Shaw had a 2 yard touchdown run. Standouts on the offensive side of the ball were Miller, Edwards, Mathews and LD Carter. Defensively, Rufus Alexander, Quinton Chargois and Malacci Hodge were standouts