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Mustangs welcome in Longhorns for district opener

WEST ORANGE — It is time for Phase Two for West Orange-Stark as the Mustangs, ranked No. 1 in the Class 4A state ranks, will look to defend yet another district title when they welcome in the Hamshire-Fannett Longhorns for the start of District 12-4A Division II at Hooks Stadium Friday night.

The Mustangs (6-0) outscored their 12-4A counterparts 169-3 in four games last season as the Longhorns (1-5) will look to break that trend.

WO-S outscored its non-district opponents 299-23.

WO-S is coming off a 45-21 victory over the Kennedale Wildcats to wrap up their non-district play. Meanwhile, the Longhorns got into the win column for the first time with a 61-7 trouncing of Beaumont Kelly.

The Mustangs will check in with the district’s best defense and perhaps the state as WO-S is allowing just 115.3 yards a game.

WO-S did allow 312 yards on the ground to Kennedale last week as the Wildcats scored three times late in the game after the Mustangs had built a 38-0 cushion.

The Longhorns have had some tough losses this season including to Bridge City (56-15), Lumberton (59-9), East Chambers (28-24), Buna (38-26) and to Anahuac (20-19 in overtime).

The H-F offense is averaging 337.8 yards a game though.

Running back Tyrece White is second in the district with 686 yards and six touchdowns on 77 carries. Quarterback Matthew Conkle has 238 yards and two TDs on 38 carries on the ground and has completed 29-of-67 passes for 334 yards with a TD and three picks.

The Mustangs are churning out a balanced 378.3 yards a game on offense to rank second in 12-4A behind Liberty.

Quarterback Jack Dallas has spread the ball around, completing 58-of-101 passes for 883 yards with 11 TDs and four picks.

KJ Miller (13-229-3) and Keion Hancock (12-182-1) lead the receivers with Jay’lyn Matthews, Blake Robinson and BB Tezeno contributing well.

Tailback Jeremiah Shaw ranks third in the district with 579 yards and 12 TDs on 68 totes and also has seven catches for 115 yards and a score. Fellow back Kavyn Cooper has 233 yards and two TDs on 35 carries.

H-F ranks last in 12-4A total defense, giving up 336.8 yards per game.

The Mustangs lead the all-time series 12-0, outscoring te Longhorns 554-75 in the process, including 35-0 last year.

The Mustangs will travel to Sour Lake next week to face the Hardin-Jefferson Hawks.

 

Series history

2004: WO-S 42, H-F 13

2005: WO-S 42, H-F 12

2006: WO-S 54, H-F 0

2007: WO-S 34, H-F 7

2008: WO-S 66, H-F 0

2009: WO-S 62, H-F 0

2010: WO-S 63, H-F 0

2011: WO-S 22, H-F 12

2012: WO-S 44, H-F 0

2013: WO-S 36, H-F 10

2014: WO-S 54, H-F 21

2015: WO-S 35, H-F 0