(Orange, Texas)

Sports Headlines

October 16, 2013

Cats, Stangs ready for OC matchup

ORANGEFIELD — After getting a week off, the West Orange-Stark Mustangs will venture to Orange County rival Orangefield to take on some angry Bobcats.

The Mustangs (4-1, 2-0) defeated Hardin-Jefferson 46-6 back on Oct. 4 before entering their bye week.

The Bobcats (4-3, 1-2), meanwhile, are coming off a gut-wrenching 35-30 road loss to Hardin-Jefferson (4-2, 1-1) last week in Sour Lake.

“Orangefield is a tough place to play and their kids always give a supreme effort,” said Mustang coach Cornel Thompson. “The bye week was pretty good for us. We were able to heal a few bumps and bruises. The thing about us is that we’ve got to go out and play well on the road. We’ve played really good at home but not so much on the road.”

Five turnovers proved too costly in the loss for the Bobcats, who rallied from a 35-2 deficit to nearly come back to clip the Hawks.

“We definitely shot ourselves in the foot with turnovers and special team issues,” said Bobcat coach Josh Smalley. “The kids know we’re a better football team than that. We were proud of how they bounced back in the second half though. The effort was always there, we’ve just got to get better with our execution.”

The Bobcats will turn the ground-and-pound running game to try to pull off the upset of the Mustangs. Orangefield has never defeated WO-S.

Orangefield is churning out 328.1 yards a game.

Bobcat tailback Carl Wiley went over the 1,000-yard mark for the second straight year in the loss to H-J. He now has 1,016 yards and six touchdowns on 162 tough totes.

Orangefield quarterback Carmichael Wiley has rushed for 460 yards and six TDs on 93 totes. Dylan Gray now has 227 yards and two TDs on 32 carries after he ran for 127 yards on 12 carries against the Hawks.

The Bobcats will face a Mustang defense that is allowing 274.4 yards a game.

“When you play West Orange-Stark, you better bring your ‘A’ game,” said Smalley. “Everyone was talking about the demise of the Mustang defense when the season started when they lost all of those starters off last year’s great team. Well, you can just throw that out the window because they’ve been playing good, sound defense this year with a lot of young kids that have stepped in and played well. They’re the same well-disciplined defense that they’ve always been with Coach Thompson. They’re just a well-oiled machine.”

“Orangefield has a very physical bunch to deal with,” said Thompson. “They’re big and strong across the offensive line. They have an excellent tailback (Carl Wiley) that battles every down. It’s a hard offense to deal with because they really move the chains. Turnovers got them a little last week but we know they will bounce back and play us hard.”

The Mustangs have 21-3A’s second-ranked offense behind Silsbee as WO-S is churning out 351.6 yards a contest.

Sophomore WO-S quarterback Dillon Sterling-Cole has completed 34-of-60 passes for 641 yards and has seven TDs on no picks.

He’s had a slew of receivers to turn to in the forms of Will Johnson (11-184-2), Dwain Boullard (10-116-2), Chris Horn (8-128-0), Tre Spencer (7-140-2) and Deionte Thompson (7-176-2).

“The kids, I think, are ready to get back to business after the week off,” said Thompson. “This is the time of the season when it all counts and you want to be at your best and that’s taking care of all the little details that helps make a good football team into an excellent one.”

Tailback Chris James powers the WO-S ground arsenal with 427 yards and four TDs on 52 carries.

WO-S will face a Bobcat defense that is allowing 274.4 yards a game. Despite the loss, Orangefield limited H-J to 258 yards last week.

“We’ve got a challenge in front of us defensively,” said Smalley. “The Cole kid is excellent and he’s just going to keep getting better. He can burn you with his arm and his legs. What receiver do you stop? They have about six or seven that can hurt you. They have two excellent backs in James and (John) Scott.”

The Mustangs defeated the Bobcats 54-0 last year as WO-S totaled 516 yards of offense and limited the Bobcats to 132.

The Mustangs will welcome Buna to Hooks Stadium next week while the Bobcats will enter their bye week.


Text Only
Sports Headlines
  • Big 1st frame propels Mustangs past Cardinals

    Using a monstrous six-run first inning, the West Orange-Stark Mustangs handed District 21-3A champion Bridge City their first loss in 21-3A play with a 6-3 victory at Anderson Field Tuesday night.

    April 22, 2014

  • Softball playoffs crank up Friday

    Softball playoff teams will be busy at the end of the week including the Orangefield Lady Bobcats, the Bridge City Lady Cardinals and the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Lady Bears.

    April 22, 2014

  • Ragsdale to take softball talents to LU

    Lamar University softball coach Holly Bruder announced that three student-athletes signed National Letters of Intent this week to play for Lamar starting in the 2014-15 season.

    April 22, 2014

  • Cardinals roll past Hawks for 20th victory

    The district champion Bridge City Cardinals pelted the Hardin-Jefferson Hawks 9-3 to continue their dominance of District 21-3A Friday night at Cardinal Field.

    April 18, 2014

  • Mustangs nip Cougars 2-0 to net 20th win

    West Orange-Stark’s magical 2014 campaign continues to reach nice milestones as Coach Shea Landry’s “crew” picked up win No. 20 by downing the Buna Cougars 2-0 Friday night.

    April 18, 2014

  • Lady Cards take second by downing H-J

    Getting a definite different kind of “grand slam” home run from senior Kelsey Fults, the Bridge City Lady Cardinals sealed the second-place playoff spot out of District 21-3A by toppling the Hardin-Jefferson Lady Hawks 6-1 at Lady Cardinal Field Friday evening.

    April 18, 2014

  • Bears blank Raiders to give Griff his 500th win

    A young Little CYpress-Mauriceville team gave long-time head coach Steve Griffith his 500th career coaching victory Thursday night as the Bears defeated the Lumberton Raiders 4-0 in District 20-4A action at Don Gibbens Field.

    April 18, 2014

  • Several Bear tracksters punch regional tickets

    Several Little Cypress-Mauriceville tracksters will move on to the Class 4A Region III Track & Field Championships after having success at the Area Meet featuring District 20-4A and District 19-4A Teams.

    April 17, 2014

  • Cox golfer LC-M golfer Cox heading to state

    Little Cypress-Mauriceville’s Lauren Cox will take her golf talents to the Class 4A State Golf Tournament by placing fourth overall at the Class 4A Region III Golf Championships that were held at River Ridge Golf Club Wednesday.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Locals rack up at 3A Area Meet

    Orange County 3A schools shined Wednesday and punched their tickets to the Class 3A Region III Track & Field Championships by placing well at the Area Meet in Splendora.

    April 17, 2014

Leader Sports
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide