Mustangs rattle Bears in Orange Bowl, 47-0

Published 11:09 pm Friday, September 7, 2018

LITTLE CYPRESS – Taking control early and never losing command, the West Orange-Stark Mustangs crushed the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Battlin’ Bears 47-0 to claim yet another Orange Bowl Trophy Friday night at Battlin’ Bear Stadium.

The Mustangs (1-1) dominated the first half 34-0, led by the arm of quarterback Jerren Terrell, who completed 8-of-10 passes for 194 yards and three touchdowns in the first 24 minutes.

WO-S outgained the Bears (0-2) 323-40 in the half. Mustang standout tailback Kavyn Cooper, who did not play in the opener against Nederland due to an ankle injury, had 85 yards on 10 carries in the half while Mustang receiver Brettlin Wiley had two catches for 105 yards and a pair of scores. Fellow Mustang quarterback Tyrone Wilson had two rushing TDs in the half as the Mustangs also took advantage of three Bear turnovers.

The Mustangs went on to finish with 518 total yards and 22 first downs. They had 270 yards rushing on 41 carries. Ja’Marcus Ross also ran well for the Mustangs, finishing with 98 yards on 10 carries. Terrell finished 9-of-11 for 196 yards.

The Bears, meanwhile, only mustered 78 total yards and six first downs against the Mustang defense.

Bear quarterback Ethan McCollum was limited to 1-of-6 for 10 yards passing while he was the team’s leading rusher with 22 yards on 16 carries. The Bears’ biggest gain of the night was their first play when receiver Darien Williams took and end around for 15 yards.

LC-M return man James Williams coughed up the ball to the Mustangs at the Bear 29 after the opening kickoff.

The Mustangs scored eight plays later when quarterback Tyrone Wilson scored on a keeper on fourth-and-1 from the 2.

Cooper had 17 yards on four carries on the short drive while Terrell completed a 10-yard pass to Keontae Strother that got to the 2.

On their next series, the Mustangs marched 76 yards in five quick plays. Cooper got loose for a 41-yard scamper down the right sideline to the Bear 30. Two plays later Terrell found receiver Brettlin Wiley on a perfect fade route down the left sideline as Wiley hauled in a 24-yard score. Kicker Angel Ibarra booted the extra-point as WO-S snared a 15-0 edge with 3:31 in the first quarter.

On the Bears’ next series, McCollum was hit by a host of Mustangs at the LC-M 21 and he coughed it over for LC-M’s second turnover.

The Mustangs scored three plays later when on third-and-16 from the 27, Terrell rolled to the left and found a wide-open tight end B’Jan Arvie, who then bulldozed over a Bear defender to score on the 27-yard pass play. The point-after kick failed but the Mustangs led 21-0 with 1:31 in the first quarter.

The Mustangs snared a 28-0 lead when they zipped 68 yards in six plays early in the second quarter. Terrell hooked up with Strother on a 18-yard pass play and Cooper broke off a 18-yard run. Wilson capped the drive when he scored from four yards out, breaking three Bear tackles to get into the end zone with nine minutes in the half.

WO-S scored on a huge play on their next series when Terrell hit Wiley in stride on a 81-yard scoring strike down the left sideline to push the Mustangs up 34-0 with 7:16 in the half.

The Mustangs took the first series of the second half and drove 66 yards in five plays as Ja’marcus Ross did the honors, carrying the leather five straight times for all 66 yards as he capped it with a six-yard touchdown dart to make it 41-0 with 9:29 in the third. Ross had a 41-yard run in the series that got to the Bear 25.

The Mustangs drove from their own 28 all the way to the Bear 14 and with 9:11 remaining, sophomore kicker Ibarra drilled a 31-yard field goal to up it to 44-0.

After the Mustangs’ third quarterback of the night Chavon Crawford completed a 52-yard pass to back Patrick Mickey got all the way down to the Bear 2, the WO-S coaching staff elected to go for a field goal on first-and-goal from the two and Ibarra drilled a 19-yard field goal to make it 47-0 with 3:51 remaining.

The Bears will remain at home next week when they play host to Jasper while the Mustangs will return home to take on defending Class 3A Division II state champion and top-ranked Newton. Jasper hammered Bridge City 45-7 Friday night while Newton belted Silsbee 56-14.