Mustangs set for ‘Royal’ test

Published 9:44 am Wednesday, November 15, 2017

WEST ORANGE — Keeping their mental focus and playing 48 minutes of Mustang football, that will be the plan for the two-time defending Class 4A Division II state champion West Orange-Stark Mustangs as they prepare to take on the Brookshire-Royal Falcons Thursday night at 7 p.m. at Baytown Stallworth Stadium in the Class 4A Division II bidistrict round of the playoffs.

The Mustangs will check in with a perfect 8-0 mark, another 12-4A district title under their belts and a state-leading 35-game winning streak.

Meanwhile, the Falcons have gone in the opposite direction as they own a 1-8 record but were able to snag the fourth-place berth out of 11-4A by defeating the Tarkington Longhorns 16-14 a few weeks back.

The Mustangs have been on a roll of late, outscoring their last two opponents 86-0 in shutout wins over Liberty (32-0) and Orangefield (54-0) last week.

The Falcons, meanwhile, have been outscored 121-6 the last two weeks, falling to 11-4A champion Madisonville 58-0 and to Shepherd 63-6 last week.

The Falcons have been outscored 435-101 for the season.

However, it should not take much to get the Mustangs motivated. The Falcons defeated the Mustangs 24-21 in the area round back in 2010 as Royal running back Brandon Williams shredded through the Mustang defense.

The Falcons will try to utilize their spread offense against a stout WO-S defense. The Mustangs are allowing just 172.9 yards per game this season and just 87.5 the last two weeks in the back-to-back shutouts.

The Falcons will try to move the ball behind quarterback Darius Parker, who likes to get the ball to receivers Trey Jones and Hector Medina and tight end Riley Williams. Jones has 13 catches for 175 yards and two TDs. Parker has completed 39-of-87 passes for 415 yards and four TDs. Henry Fowler, who has 333 yards and three touchdowns on 77 carries along with Christian Hart and John Lewis will get touches out of the backfield.

Opposing quarterbacks have only completed 36-of-78 passes against the Mustangs with five interceptions and 475 yards and WO-S is allowing just 3.4 yards per rush.

Offensively, the Mustangs have churned out 326.8 yards a contest.

Quarterback Chaka Watson has completed 52-of-88 passes for 583 yards with eight touchdowns and only three interceptions and has rushed for 452 yards and 12 TDs on 81 totes.

Tailback Kavyn Cooper leads the ground arsenal with 815 yards and 13 TDs on just 85 carries while backfield mate Justin Sibley has accounted for 393 yards and three TDs on 49 carries.

Mustang tight end Kaley Ramsey and receivers Jarron Morris and Blake Robinson have teamed up for 39 receptions for 429 yards and four scores.

The winner of the WO-S-Royal game will face either Mexia (5-5) the runnerup out of 9-4A, or Gonzales (6-4) the third-place team out of 10-4A.