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Teams face final tuneup scrimmages Thursday

High school football teams will get their final tuneups in scrimmages Thursday before the real deal cranks up Aug. 26.

Over at West Orange-Stark, the Mustangs controlled their scrimmage at The Reservation last week against Port Neches-Groves.

The Mustangs built a 19-0 lead at the half and went on to take the practice affair 19-7.

The Mustangs will play host to the Vidor Pirates for a 7 p.m. scrimmage at Hooks Stadium Thursday.

WO-S will be on a quest to make the Class 4A Division I State Championship for the third straight years and will look to repeat as state champion.

The Mustangs will be seeking a postseason spot for the 13th straight year after rolling to a 15-1 mark and the state crown last December.

Coach Cornel Thompson welcomes back a plethora of talent with eight starters returning on offense and nine on defense.

WO-S will open up the season at home against Nederland. They will not open up defense of their District 12-4A Division II crown until Oct. 7 when Hamshire-Fannett rolls into Hooks Stadium.

Over at Bridge City, the Cardinals battled Beaumont Kelly and Buna in a tri-scrimmage affair last Friday and the Redbirds dominated both of their counterparts in what was mostly a controlled scrimmage.

The Cardinals will travel to Kirbyville for a scrimmage Thursday.

The Cardinals will look to carry their momentum from last year into this season as Coach Dwayne DuBois’ Redbirds will look to improve on last year’s superb 7-4 campaign in which they bolted into the playoffs.

The Cardinals return seven starters on both sides of the ball as they will look to make a dent once again in District 10-4A Division I.

The Cardinals will open their campaign Aug. 26 on the road at Hamshire-Fannett. Bridge City will get the 10-4A season going Oct. 7 when they welcome the Cleveland Indians to Ward Stadium.

Over at Little Cypress-Mauriceville, the Battlin’ Bears will look to improve on last year’s 3-7 finish.

The Bears will be remain in District 10-4A Division I against the likes of Bridge City, Silsbee, Huffman, Cleveland and newcomer Navasota.

The Bears scrimmaged at Coldspring Friday in what was a tough battle for both teams.

The Bears will visit Newton Thursday.

Coach Randy Crouch’s Bears return five starters on offense and four on defense.

LC-M will kick off its 2016 campaign on the road against former 10-4A foe Jasper Aug. 26.

The first 10-4A game will be Oct. 7 when they make a trip to Silsbee to face the Tigers.

The Orangefield Bobcats will be seeking their fourth straight playoff berth and Coach Josh Smalley welcomes back seven starters on offense and six on defense from last season’s 5-6 playoff unit.

Orangefield tangled with Shepherd in their first scrimmage Friday and scored a touchdown and a field goal and held Shepherd scoreless in the controlled scrimmage.

Both defenses played well. The Bobcats got a touchdown when the two first team units played. Neither team scored when the second teams saw action.

The Bobcats will travel to Splendora in a scrimmage Thursday with the varsity starting around 6:30 p.m.

The Bobcats will open their season at home Aug. 26 against long-time rival Buna. Orangefield will not begin District 12-4A Division I play until Oct. 7 at Liberty.