‘For-keeps’ games begin for gridders
Orangefield is on the move against Kirbyville as Kade Grozier picks up yardage for the Bobcats. Orangefield defeated Kirbyvile 31-20 at F.L. McClain Stadium. This week the Bobcats go on the road to take on East Chambers. RECORD PHOTO: Darren Hoyland
For The Record
Now it’s for keeps.
Friday’s football schedule includes the first district games of the season for West Orange-Stark, Bridge City and Little Cypress-Mauriceville.
Orangefield, meanwhile, collected its first District 12-3A-I win last week, downing Kirbyville 31-20.
Bobcats look for second 12-3A-I victory
Orangefield’s football team is looking to push its record in District 12-3A Division I games above .500 Friday when it travels to East Chambers.
The Bobcats defeated Kirbyville 31-20 last week to improve to 4-1 on the season, 1-1 in district play.
Blake Bradley topped the century rushing mark against Kirbyville while teammate Kadeon Evans also had a big night.
Gunner Jones stepped in for an injured Mason Gonzales at quarterback and ran for one score, passed for another.
For the season, Orangefield is averaging 313 yards and 35 points per game while allowing 161 yards and 11 points per contest.
Heston Puckett continues to lead the Bobcats in rushing with 278 yards but Bradley is close with 253 yards and Gonzales, who is out for the season, had 215 yards.
Bridge City hosts Bears in 11-4A-I opener
Both the host Cardinals and visiting Little Cypress Mauriceville should be well-rested for their league opener, having had open dates last week.
Both carry 1-4 non-district records into the game.
The Bears’ lone win came Sept. 28, a 30-18 decision over Hardin-Jefferson after opening the season with losses to Woodville, WOS, Jasper and Vidor.
Bridge City defeated Anahuac 13-6 on Sept. 14 to give new head coach Allen DeShazo his first win. Diboll, Jasper, Silsbee and WOS defeated the Cards.
Quarterback Adam Pope heads LCM’s offense with some big help from Darien Williams and James Williams. The two are not related but both are nicknamed “D.J.” which has caused a bit of confusion so far.
A week ago, they were interchanged on the stat sheet prepared by the coaching staff.
Bridge City’s quarterback is Cace Skinner who joins running backs Andy Lara and Gavin Villanueva on an offense that seldom passes.
Mustangs look for restart in 10-4A-II
After playing their usual playoff-caliber non-district games, West Orange-Stark’s footballers get down to District 10-4A Division II basics, opening league play at home against Silsbee Friday.
Jasper dropped the Mustangs 34-24 last week at the Dawghouse in Jasper, despite a big night for the WOS offense.
Quarterback Tyrone Wilson completed 10 of 20 passes for 251 yards, setting up three TDs for running back Kayvn Cooper, who rushed 18 times for 86 yards.
Jay’zn Robinson caught three passes for 70 yards. Brettlin Wiley combined with Wilson for an 82-yard hookup.
On the season, the Mustangs are averaging 162 yards rushing and 157 yards passing, 319 total yards and 23.5 points per game.
They are allowing 242 yards and 18.2 points per game.
Wilson leads the team in total offense with 749 yards (566 passing, 183 rushing) while Cooper has 305 yards rushing and Justin Sibley 254.