Mustangs facing stout final non-district test in Jasper

Published 6:52 am Wednesday, October 3, 2018

WEST ORANGE — Chasing their 400th victory of all-time and about to become the state’s all-time winningest team by winning percentage in a couple weeks, the West Orange-Stark Mustangs have much more on their minds this week when they visit a long-time rival and a powerful Jasper Bulldogs team to wrap up their non-district slate.

The Bulldogs (5-0) without a doubt, have been impressive this season for Coach Darrell Barbay as they have tore through opponents by the tune of 234-43. Jasper defeated La Marque 41-8 last week and also have wins over Lumberton (31-14), Bridge City (45-7), Little Cypress-Mauriceville (46-6), and Livingston (71-10).

As usual, the Bulldogs are loaded with weapons, perhaps no one bigger than running back Montavien Hunt. Hunt has shredded opposing defenses for 816 yards and 11 touchdowns on just 72 carries as he has exploded with the big play.

Bulldog quarterback Colton Womack has been adequate as well, completing 29-of-45 passes for 467 yards and seven TDs with no picks.

Charles Burnett (23-223-2) and De’Andre Limbrick (28-183-2) have also been steady in carrying the ball while Womack’s favorite targets have been receivers La’Javien Jackson (9-141-4) and Bryce Barbay (6-133-3).

The Bulldogs, however, will face the toughest defense they’ve seen this year as the Mustangs are allowing just 202.6 yards a game, 154.2 on the ground and 48.4 in the air.

The Mustangs (2-3) put together their 113th shutout in school history last week in limiting Bridge City to just 39 total yards as Coach Cornel Thompson and staff witnessed a 21-0 shutout.

The game in Jasper will end a tough non-district slate for the Mustangs, which has included games against undefeated Nederland, Class 3A No. 1-ranked Newton and 5A-ranked Crosby. WO-S will open up District 10-4A Division II play at home Oct. 12 against the Silsbee Tigers.

The Mustangs will look to continue to improve on the offensive side of the ball in averaging 305.2 yards a game. The Mustangs picked up 314 total yards in the win against the Cardinals. They are averaging 166.8 yards on the ground and 138.4 in the air. Senior tailback Justin Sibley had a solid outing, going for 160 yards and two TDs on 20 carries and now has 244 yards and three scores for the year on 41 totes.

WO-S senior standout tailback Kavyn Cooper, still nursing an ankle injury and who sat out the Bridge City game, has 219 yards on 45 carries while fellow back Jamarcus Ross has 148 yards and a score on 21 carries.

Mustang quarterback Tyrone Wilson has completed 26-of-54 passes for 315 yards with three TDs and two picks. He has also rushed for 137 yards and three scores on 35 carries. Fellow quarterback Jerren Terrell has completed 19-of-44 passes for 325 yards with four TDs and four interceptions.

Leading receivers for the Mustangs through five games includes Jay’zn Robinson (13-150-1), Brettlin Wiley (6-154-3) and Deiondre Hawthorne (5-105-1).

Jasper, the favorite to win District 9-4A Division II, will play a big game as well next week when they open up 9-4A play at home against Shepherd (4-1), which has been picked to finish second behind the Bulldogs in the loop.

WO-S’ 10-4A competitors will wrap up their non-district slate as well this week as Silsbee (2-3) heads to Longview Spring Ranch, Liberty (3-1) hosts Huntington, Hamshire-Fannett visits Shepherd and Hardin-Jefferson 19-4) hosts Tarkington.