(Orange, Texas)

Sports Headlines

December 3, 2012

Mustangs await Navasota's "pinball machine" offense

WEST ORANGE — Something has got to give Friday night at Humble’s Turner Stadium.

That means one football team will be just two wins away from a Class 3A Division II state championship while the other absorbs its first loss of the season.

That’s what’s at stake when the West Orange-Stark Mustangs (13-0) and Navasota Rattlers (13-0) hit the field at Turner at 7 p.m. for the Region III Division II Championship Game.

The Ratters have been sitting atop the Class 3A state poll for 11 weeks now while the Mustangs were ranked No. 4 in the state in the final poll.

It should certainly be an excellent matchup, featuring the state’s No. 1 3A “pinball offense” in the Rattlers against the No. 1 3A defense in the form of the Mustangs’ Chain Gang Defense, which has posted a school-record nine shutouts and  has allowed just 42 points all season long.

Navasota is coming off a 31-20 victory over La Marque in the regional semifinals while the Mustangs shredded Lorena 28-0.

The Rattlers have piled up a stunning 613 points for the season, averaging 47.2 yards a game. That includes 319.7 yards passing a game and 152.7 yards on the ground.

The young man that “stirs the drink” for head coach Lee Fedora is definitely quarterback Kadarius Baker, who is closing in on the 4,000-yard passing mark.

He’s completed 218-of-337 passes for 3,874 yards. To top it off, he’s thrown for 50 touchdown passes and has just six interceptions.

Baker has two key receivers, who have both gone over the 1,500-yard mark.

Solomon McGintry has hauled in 75 receptions for 1,545 yards and 19 TDs while Austin Collins has hauled in 74 catches for 1,516 yards and 21 TDs.

In contrast, the Mustang defense, which has allowed only 132.8 yards a game, has giving up just 985 yards in the air all season.

Running back Xavier Creeks leads the Rattler ground game with 759 yards and six TDs on 66 carries.

Derrion Randle has 444 yards and seven TDs on 50 carries and Howard Horn has 371 yards and two TDs on 55 totes.

Baker, who likes to spend as long a time as possible in the pocket, has just nine yards on 83 rushes but does have four TDs. The Mustangs have only yielded 57 yards a game on the ground.

No doubt, Fedora loves running a high-octane offense. Fedora is the brother of University of North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora.

Defensively, the Rattlers have been stout in their own right, posting five shutouts of their own and have held nine opponents under double digits in allowing just 93 points for the year.

Navasota’s defense is certainly sparked by all-district Will Imoff and all-district defensive end Jake Bauer.

The Mustangs, meanwhile, have put up 447 points of their own offensively, sparked by senior quarterback Jimmy Salter.

Salter has completed 120-of-206 passes for 1,632 yards and 20 TDs and has just two picks. He also has 425 yards rushing and 11 TDs.

Senior standout receiver J’Marcus Rhodes has hauled down 47 receptions for 794 yards and 13 TDs.

WO-S tailback Abear Simien has been running powerful in the postseason and now has 755 yards and six TDs on 121 carries.

Three other 3A regional finals are set for the week.

The WO-S-Navasota winner will face either Port Isabel (10-3) or Bellville (10-3) in the state semifinals. Those two will play at 6 p.m. Saturday at Corpus Christi’s Cabannis Field in the Region IV Final.

In Region I, Graham (12-1) will take on Gatesville (13-0) Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Stephenville. In Region II, it will be Gilmer (12-1) vs. Henderson (9-4) Friday at 7 p.m. in Longview.

Tickets will be on sale at the WO-S Athletic Office Thursday and Friday. They will be on sale Thursday from 9 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.-3 p.m. and on Friday from 9 a.m.-noon. Ticket prices are $8 for adults and $6 for students.


Text Only
Sports Headlines
  • Ragsdale, Cole racking up at collegiate level

    West Orange-Stark product Rebekah Ragsdale, a senior at Mary Hardin-Baylor and Little Cypress-Mauriceville product Raven Cole, a freshman at Louisiana State University Eunice are both racking up big numbers on the collegiate circuit.

    April 24, 2014

  • Lemoine Team Lemoine Named to USA Baseball Collegiate National Team

    Houston Baseball sophomore Jake Lemoine has been selected and accepted his invitation to compete for the 2014 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team this summer, announced by USA Baseball.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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

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

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