Mustangs to welcome in Cardinals

Published 8:32 am Wednesday, September 26, 2018

WEST ORANGE — Both the West Orange-Stark Mustangs and the Bridge City Cardinals will look to get back into the win column this week as the Mustangs welcome their old Orange County rival into Hooks Stadium Friday night.

Both are coming off tough losses last week.

The Mustangs (1-3) fought hard but came up on the short end of a 35-24 defeat against Class 5A power Crosby. Meanwhile, a tough first half doomed the Cardinals (1-3) at home as they fell to the Silsbee Tigers 48-14.

This will be the final tuneup for the Cardinals, who have never defeated the Mustangs in school history, before they open up District 11-4A Division I play Oct. 12 at home against Little Cypress-Mauriceville.

The Mustangs will have one more non-district tilt as they go to Jasper next week before welcoming in Silsbee for their 10-4A Division II opener.

WO-S battled as depth-filled Cougar team hard for four quarters last week and actually led 17-7 early in the third quarter before the Crosby ground attack took over late.

Crosby finished with 382 total yards, 312 of it coming on the ground. The Mustangs finished with 247 total yards, 193 of it coming in the air.

The Mustangs will enter the game against the Cardinals averaging 303.3 yards a game with a balanced attack. WO-S is averaging 154 yards passing a game and 149.3 rushing.

WO-S quarterbacks Jerren Terrell and Tyrone Wilson have split quite a bit of time this season.

Terrell has completed 19-of-44 passes for 325 yards and four touchdowns with four interceptions while Wilson has completed 18-of-37 for 239 yards, two scores and two interceptions.

Senior standout Kavyn Cooper leads the ground game with 219 yards on 45 carries. Wilson has dashed for 117 yards and three TDs on 27 carries. Ja’Marcus Ross has 116 yards on 15 carries and Justin Sibley has 82 yards and a TD on 19 carries.

Jay’zn Robinson is the Mustangs’ leading receiver with nine catches for 111 yards and a TD. Keontae Strother (5-63-0), Brettlin Wiley (4-129-2) and Deiond’re Hawthorne (4-100-1) round out a deep receiving corp.

The Cardinal defense, which has been stung at times with big plays this year, will try to slow the Mustangs down after allowing 479 yards to Silsbee last week, including 438 yards on the ground.

Bridge City is allowing 378.8 yards a game.

Offensively, the Cardinals are churning out 224.3 yards a game but were held to 209 yards against Silsbee.

Junior Cardinal fullback Andy Lara has been a load and has bruised his way to 270 yards thus far after rushing for 68 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries against the Tigers.

Cardinal quarterback Cace Skinner zipped for 61 yards on 11 totes against the Tigers while tailback Gavin Villanueva had 56 yards on 12 carries.