Practice cranks up for local teams Monday; scrimmages, schedules set for now

Published 8:55 am Thursday, July 30, 2020

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Local high schools from Class 4A-and-under will get to start football practice Monday while 6A-5A will have to wait as schools, coaches and players will not only be battling the salty August heat, but the COVID-19 virus as well this season.

That does mean that all of the Orange County schools will be hitting the practice field Monday.

Over at West Orange-Stark, the Mustangs will be on a quest for their 11th straight district title as they will look to carry on a great tradition.

The Mustangs have reached at least the Class 4A Region III Division II Finals the last nine years under the guidance of head coach Cornel Thompson, plus a run to four straight Class 4A Division II State Championship Games from 2014-2017 with two state titles in 2015-2016.

WO-S return four starters on offense and six on defense off a 10-2 team that advanced to the Region III Finals.

The Mustangs will report to practice Monday at 8 a.m. and will meet in the baseball stands for a meeting. They will run the stands and hit the weightroom before hitting the practice field.

The Mustangs will have their media day for their football program and mugshots on Saturday, Aug. 8 at 9 a.m.

The Mustangs have a scrimmage set with Vidor, Thursday Aug. 20 at home, start times are 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. with the varsity.

WO-S will open its 2020 campaign as of now, Sept. 4 on the road at LC-M. The Mustangs had a game scheduled at home with Nederland Aug. 28 but the Bulldogs can not play due to being in 5A so the Mustangs will face 4A Division I powerhouse Waco LaVega that day at Madisonville High School in a neutral site game.

The Little Cypress-Mauriceville Battlin’ Bears have made the postseason six out of the last seven years and the program snagged its first playoff win since 1997 last season when they rolled past Stafford 48-21 in a bidistrict romp.

Coach Randy Crouch welcomes seven starters back on each side of the ball as they will look to better last season’s 6-5 mark and 3-2 district record.

LC-M players 10th through 12th grade will report to the fieldhouse at 7 a.m. Monday while ninth graders report at 8 a.m.

The media day and mugshots for the LC-M football program will be Friday, Aug. 7 at 10 a.m.

The Bears will scrimmage at Bridge City Thursday, Aug. 20.

LC-M will crank up its season Friday, Aug. 28 at home against Hamshire-Fannett.

The Bridge City Cardinals will look to fly into the playoffs again this year as the program is going from 4A Division I down to 4A Division II after Coach Allen DeShazo and staff led them to the postseason last year.

The Cardinals return six starters on each side of the ball from a 3-7 bidistrict campaign.

The Cardinals will report to practice at between 4 p.m.-4:15 p.m. Monday and will hit the field as fast as they can.

The Cardinals will have their media day for their football program and mugshots from 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m Saturday, Aug. 8.

Bridge City will host LC-M in a scrimmage Thursday, Aug. 20, starting freshman and JV at 5 p.m. and varsity at 6:30 p.m.

The Cardinals will play host to Buna Aug. 28 in their season opener.

The Orangefield Bobcats will look to punch in yet another playoff ticket this season as they have moved back up to 4A Division II after competing in 3A Division I.

Coach Josh Smalley and staff welcome the return of seven offensive starters and four defensive starters off a 9-2 playoff unit.

The Bobcats will report at 2:30 p.m. and will lift weights at 3 p.m. and hit the field at 4 p.m. Freshmen will report at 3 p.m. and hit the field at 4 p.m. The Bobcats will have their program and mugshot media day Saturday, August 8 at 8 a.m.

The Bobcats will scrimmage Lumberton Thursday, Aug. 20 at Lumberton at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Orangefield will open its season Aug. 28 at Anahuac.


Aug. 28: Waco La Vega (in Madisonville)

Sept. 4: at LC-M

Sept. 11: at Jasper

Sept. 18: Newton

Sept. 25: at Hamshire-Fannett*

Oct. 2: Hardin-Jefferson*

Oct. 9: at Silsbee*

Oct. 16: Orangefield*

Oct. 23: at Liberty*

Oct. 30: Open

Nov. 6: Bridge City*


Aug. 28: Hamshire-Fannett

Sept. 4: WO-S

Sept. 11Carthage

Sept. 18: Woodville

Sept. 25: at Houston Kinkaid

Oct. 2: Open

Oct. 9: Huffman*

Oct. 16: at Vidor*

Oct. 23: Lumberton*

Oct. 30: at Livingston*

Nov. 6: Splendora*


Aug. 28: Buna

Sept. 4: at Tarkington

Sept. 11: Huffman (Turner Stadium, Humble) 7 p.m.

Sept. 18: Anahuac

Sept. 25: Open

Oct. 2: Hamshire-Fannett*

Oct. 9: at Hardin-Jefferson*

Oct. 16: Silsbee*

Oct. 23: at Orangefield*

Oct. 30: Liberty*

Nov. 6: at WO-S*


Aug. 28: at Anahuac

Sept. 4: Woodville

Sept. 11: at Livingston

Sept. 18: Buna

Sept. 25: at Silsbee*

Oct. 2: Open

Oct. 9: Liberty*

Oct. 16: at WO-S*

Oct. 23: Bridge City*

Oct. 30: at Hamshire-Fannett*

Nov. 6: Hardin-Jefferson*


Aug. 28: at Silsbee

Sept. 4: Houston St. Pius X

Sept. 11: Brazosport

Sept. 18: at Bay City

Sept. 25: at Jasper

Oct. 2: Open

Oct. 9: Splendora*

Oct. 16: LC-M*

Oct. 23: at Livingston*

Oct. 30: Huffman*

Nov. 6: at Lumberton*