Mustangs hosting old rival Jasper

Published 8:39 am Wednesday, October 2, 2019

WEST ORANGE – It should be a battle of wills Friday night when the West Orange-Stark Mustangs welcome in long-time rival Jasper in the final non-district battle of the season for both teams, who will jump into their respective district play next week.

Both teams come in 3-1 after both notched impressive wins last week.

The Mustangs throttled Bridge City 46-7 while the Bulldogs crushed La Marque 63-6.

The Mustangs’ only loss came at the hands of 3A Division I power Newton 20-14 while the Bulldogs fell to a stout Diboll squad 14-9 in a makeshift game at the last minute after Tropical Storm Imelda canceled the Bulldogs’ trip to Livingston a couple weeks back.

The two teams split last season as Jasper walked away with a 34-24 non-district home victory while the Mustangs got payback in the third round with a 21-14 win in the third round of the postseason. That win pushed the WO-S all-time series lead to 24-7.

This will mark the third game against an Orange County foe this season for Jasper, which has defeated Bridge City (65-14) and LC-M (42-14).

The Bulldogs definitely lean on a stout running game to pave the way.

Tailback Montavien Hunt has zipped for 477 yards on 34 carries after a 1,500-yard campaign last year.

Hunt rushed for 373 yards on 23 carries and had four touchdowns in the win over the Mustangs last year. He missed the playoff game due to an injury. Hunt also sat out the Diboll game that the Bulldogs lost a couple weeks back.

Burly back Carl Limbrick has been a load. After going for 677 yards last season, Limbrick already has 460 yards on 42 carries this season.

Quarterback Trashawn Adams has completed 21-of-35 passes for 346 yards and a pair of scores. He has a pair of go-to receiver along with excellent special teams return men in Reggie Shaw (10-178-1) and Bryce Barbay (4-84-1).

The Mustangs dominated the Cardinals in every phase of the game last week as they defeated Bridge City for the 28th straight time without a loss.

The Mustangs limited the Cardinals to just 176 total yards in the win. WO-S is allowing just 216.6 yards a game, 128.8 on the ground and 87.8 in the air.

WO-S will check in averaging 372.1 yards a game, 248.8 on the ground and 123.3 in the air.

Mustang quarterback Jerren Terrell has completed 42-of-69 passes for 491 yards and three scores and has rushed for 87 yards and two TDs.

Sophomore tailback Elijah Gales has darted for 542 yards and eight TDs on 69 carries. Fellow sophomore JaQualion Chaney had a big outing against Bridge City, zipping for 89 yards and a score on 13 carries.

Receivers Chavon Crawford and Jayson Zeigler have combined for 18 catches for 114 yards while Artavious Samuel has six catches for 116 yards.

The Mustangs will begin their quest of trying to defend the District 10-4A Division II title next week when they visit Silsbee while Jasper opens up District 9-4A Division II play on the road at Shepherd.