Mustangs seek nice 10-4A finish at H-F

Published 6:22 am Wednesday, November 7, 2018

WEST ORANGE — Looking to finish up the regular season with a little swagger, the West Orange-Stark Mustangs will head to Hamshire-Fannett to face the Longhorns in District 10-4A Division II play at Longhorn Stadium Friday night.

The Mustangs (5-4, 3-0), who have already earned the top playoff seed out of 10-4A, will look to extend their district winning streak to 46 against the much-improved Longhorns (5-4, 1-2). WO-S has won 77 out of their last 78 district contests.

The Longhorns have struggled in recent seasons but has shown a lot of promise this year under the leadership of first-year head coach Mark Waggoner. The Longhorns finished 2-7 last season and winless in district play but Waggoner, who won four state TAPPS titles at Waco Reicher, has help lift confidence in the program.

After defeating Hardin-Jefferson 34-13 in their 10-4A opener, the Longhorns have dropped a pair of nailbiters in their last two outings. They fell to Liberty 38-35 a couple weeks back and dropped a gut-wrenching 27-26 decision to Silsbee (6-4, 3-1) last week.

The Mustangs, meanwhile, are coming off a hard-earned victory over the Liberty (5-3, 1-2) last week as they fought off the Panthers for a 33-24 win.

WO-S was without the services of tailbacks Kavyn Cooper and Justin Sibley but still found some nice running lanes behind the efforts of Ja’marcus Ross, Elijah Gales and quarterback Tyrone Wilson.

The Mustangs will check into Fannett averaging 310.6 yards a game.

Wilson will be aiming to go over the 1,000-yard passing mark. For the season he has completed 68 of 124 passes for 963 yards and five touchdowns.

Jay’zn Robinson leads the Mustangs with 22 receptions for 296 yards and a TD. Brettlin Wiley has hauled in 19 catches for 419 yards and four TDs while Deiond’re Hawthorne has 12 catches for 200 yards and two scores.

Cooper leads the Mustangs with 437 ground yards and five TDs on 85 totes while Sibley has 272 yards and three TDs on 51 carries. Wilson has scampered for 284 yards and five TDs on 64 carries while Ross and Gales have combined for 350 yards and three TDs on 61 carries.

The Mustangs will try to slow down versatile Longhorn quarterback Marcus Morris, who has proven he may be the most dangerous weapon in 10-4A with the combination of his legs and arm. Morris also likes to get the ball in the hands of backs Blaine Waggoner, Jonathon Rush and Anakin Hall. Tight end Kyle Saurage has proven to be a nice weapon along with receiver Tajhi Edwards.

The Mustangs are allowing 253.1 yards a game, 188.6 of it on the ground after allowing Liberty 378 total yards last week.

WO-S will take on either the Huntington Red Devils (3-6, 1-2) or the Shepherd Pirates (5-4, 1-2) in the Class 4A Region III Division II playoffs next week.

Huntington is at Shepherd this week and the Mustangs will play the loser of that game in the bidistrict round, while Silsbee would face the winner.