Mustangs, Bobcats will battle for 12-4A bragging rights

Published 9:02 am Wednesday, November 8, 2017

WEST ORANGE — Both teams have clinched playoff berths but there is still plenty to play for Friday night when the two-time defending Class 4A Division II state champions West Orange-Stark Mustangs and Orangefield Bobcats collide in District 12-4A Division II play at Hooks Stadium.

Both squads are coming off impressive victories last week.

The Mustangs (7-0, 3-0) totally shut down the red-hot Liberty Panthers (7-2, 3-1) on to road, as they strolled to an impressive 32-0 victory.

Meanwhile, the Bobcats (3-3, 2-1) squeezed out a hard-earned 13-12 home victory over the Hardin-Jefferson Hawks to nail down a playoff berth for the fifth consecutive season for Coach Josh Smalley and Co.

A win by the Mustangs would seal yet another district title for WO-S. A Bobcat win would mean there would be a three-way tie for the 12-4A crown with Liberty and WO-S.

No doubt, the Mustangs were on a mission after their bye week last week as they held a potent Liberty offense to a total of 72 yards.

The victory pushed WO-S’ state-leading winning streak to 34 games and their district win streak to 41. The Mustangs have outs cored their opponents 272-69 for the season and 115-20 in their three district games.

The Bobcats got their vaunted rushing attack going last week against the Hawks with 289 yards on the ground and Orangefield had one of its better defensive efforts in limiting H-J to 260 total yards and 12 points after the Hawks scored 38 points the previous week against Liberty.

The Mustangs will look to get their spread offense going against the Bobcat defense.

WO-S is averaging 311.4 yards a game while the Bobcat defense has allowed 392.

WO-S quarterback Chaka Watson has completed 44-of-80 passes for 449 yards with seven touchdowns and three interceptions. He has also rushed for 435 yards and 12 touchdowns on 78 totes.

Mustang tailback Kavyn Cooper has roamed through opposing defenses for 735 yards and 10 touchdowns on just 79 carries while backfield mate Justin Sibley has zipped for 317 yards and three TDs on 40 carries.

WO-S receivers Jarron Morris and Blake Robinson and tight end Kaleb Ramsey have teamed up for 33 catches for 333 yards and three scores.

The Bobcat Wing-T, Slot-T offense will face a district-leading Mustang defense that has allowed just 182.9 yards per outing. Orangefield is averaging 277.7 yards a game, 260.3 via the ground arsenal.

Orangefield has battled through some tough injuries this year, including quarterback Mason Gonzales and excellent two-way offensive and defensive lineman Aaron Galitz last week but found their to the postseason yet again.

Fullback Blake Bradley leads the balanced Orangefield ground arsenal with 423 yards and five touchdowns on 70 carries.

Christian Louvier has scampered for 357 yards and four touchdowns on 48 totes. Zach Dischler has zipped for 278 yards and two touchdowns on 33 carries while Dylan Williams, who had 163 yards against H-J, now has 220 yards on 32 carries.

The Mustangs and Bobcats will get a final tuneup before the postseason and will face opponents from District 11-4A in the bidistrict round of the playoffs.

Madisonville (8-1, 3-0) leads that district now followed by Bellville (4-5, 2-1), Shepherd (6-2, 2-1), Brookshire-Royal (1-8, 1-3) and Tarkington (1-7, 0-3).