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Crosby surges past West Orange-Stark in the second half

September 22, 2018

A sloppy second half proved costly for the West Orange-Stark football team as the Mustangs saw a double-digit halftime lead disappear during a 35-24 road loss to Crosby on Friday night.

After leading by 10 points at halftime, the WO-S offense failed to move the ball in the second half, putting its defense in bad spots with untimely turnovers. Two inceptions and a struggling special teams unit was too much for the Mustangs (1-3) to overcome, and prompted coach Cornel Thompson to call his team out after the game.

It’s the first time WO-S has lost three regular season games since 2011.

“I don’t know if I can coach this team,” Thompson said. “That’s what I told them. There’s no senior leadership. We don’t do what we’re asked to do, and there’s the results right there.”

WHAT HAPPENED

WO-S began the game well on both sides of the ball, getting a quick stop on defense before driving down the field for a short field goal.

But the fast start didn’t stop there for WO-S. On its next drive, Crosby was stopped on a fourth down near midfield.

The Mustangs next play went for a 47-yard touchdown pass from Jerren Terrell to Brettlin Wiley giving WO-S a 10-0 lead after one quarter.

Crosby’s offense did get going early in the second quarter, taking the ball the nearly the length of the field for a long touchdown drive. A five-yard touchdown run for Zachary Simon capped it, getting Crosby back within one possession at 10-7.

But WO-S match it with a long drive of it’s own to go up by double digits at the half. A two-yard touchdown run by Justin Sibley put the Mustangs on top 17-7 heading into the locker room.

TURNING POINT

A disastrous third quarter for WO-S ended up being the difference. On three straight possessions, a Mustang mistake led to great field position for Crosby.

A bad snap on a punt was sandwiched in between two interceptions by Terrell. Crosby would score two touchdowns off the mistakes -- a 6-yard run Isaiah Howard and a 39-yard run by Noel Wright II.

By the fourth quarter, Crosby had scored 28-unanswered points and taken a double digit lead of its own.

UP NEXT

Crosby will start district play against Vidor. WO-S hosts Bridge City next Friday after what Thompson said will be a long week of practice.

“I’m going to come in on Monday and work them like doo-doo, Thompson said. “And if they don’t buy in, I’ll put some in their place. We’ve got some people who just aren’t committed right now.

MFaye@BeaumontEnterprise.com

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