'Stangs still streaking
WO-S barely gets by Silsbee, 14-7 in OT
WEST ORANGE — Silsbee has been the squad that has given the West Orange-Stark Mustangs the most problems in District 21-3A play the last three years.
Well, they probably made it three in a row at Dan Hooks Stadium Friday night but the third-ranked Mustangs were able to bang out a bizarre 14-7 overtime victory to extend their district win streak to 25 games.
Senior tailback Quintavious Garrett bulldozed his way to a 11-yard touchdown scamper on WO-S' first overtime series and kicker Justin Sparrow booted the extra-point through.
Silsbee was then flat-out stuffed by the Mustang defense, which sacked Tiger quarterback Jeremy Johnson twice on Silsbee's OT series, including on fourth down from the 30 to help preserve the win.
"What a wild and crazy game," said Mustang head coach Dan Hooks. "Those Silsbee kids got after us hard all night. Offensively, we struggled there all night until the last couple times we had the ball. The kids showed some poise in a stressful situation and came through in the end."
It looked as if Silsbee (1-4, 0-1) had the game in hand when Johnson connected with receiver Chase Kelly on a 40-yard bomb with 0:10 left in regulation as Kelly got all the way down to the Mustang 7. However, Silsbee had no timeouts left. The Tigers were hoping to set up kicker Matthew Deaver on a game-winning 24-yard field goal attempt but instead of spiking the ball, Johnson kneeled down instead, thus allowing the clock to expire to force overtime.
"That was a tough deal for them (Silsbee)," said Hooks. "They were right there, set up beutifully for the field goal. I feel for the kid (Johnson) but you never know, the way this game went we might have blocked the darn thing anyway. This was a weird game but we'll take it."
The Mustangs (4-0, 1-0) outgained the Tigers 241-214 on the night.
WO-S quarterback Ortavious Hypolite rushed for 130 grueling yards on 27 carries and completed 6-of-16 passes for 59 yards. Garrett finished with 49 yards on 11 carries.
Despite being sacked eight times, Silsbee's Johnson completed 12-of-23 passes for 177 yards. The Mustang defense limited Silsbee to just 37 rushing yards on 33 attempts. Mustang linebacker Stephen Cook and Kevin Robinson put the main heat on Johnson most of the outing.
"Defensively, we got after it all night," said Hooks. "We got after the quarterback pretty good but he did escape a few times to burn us."
After a rough patch on offense in the first half in which they trailed 7-0 WO-S drew even with a beautifully executed six-play, 64-yard scoring drive early in the fourth period.
Hypolite completed a perfect 25-yard pass to receiver Trey Franks over the middle that landed the Mustangs at the Tiger 25. On the ensuing play, tailback took a sweep to the right and bolted his way into the end zone from 25 yards out.
Sparrow's extra-point attempt was good as WO-S knotted the score at 7-7 with 9:31 left in the game.
The Mustangs shot themselves in the foot too much in the first half, getting into Silsbee territory four times without cashing in.
"That was tough to swallow," said Hooks. "We had some holding calls that killed us and a few times we just didn't execute and Silsbee had a lot to do with that."
WO-S couldn't take advantage of James Haynes' 48-yard opening kickoff return that went to the Tiger 35 as they were forced into a three-and-out.
On their next series, the Mustangs were set up well at the Tiger 36 after a 29-yard punt return by Trey Franks. WO-S got as close as a first-and-goal at the Silsbee 6 but were called for a crucial holding penalty. Quarterback Ortavious Hypolite got the Mustangs down to the 5 with a 15-yard keeper up the middle. However, Silsbee ended the threat when they bottled up Franks on a fourth-down carry at the 5.
WO-S got as far as the Tiger 27 with 8:55 remaining in the half but Silsbee's defense buckled down again, stopping WO-S on a fourth-down pass attempt.
The Tigers got on the scoreboard first as Johnson led a seven-play, 41-yard scoring drive. Silsbee scored when Johnson hit wide-open receiver Chris Rountree on a slant across the middle and the speedy receiver did the rest, finding the end zone on the 23-yard touchdown strike. Deaver's extra-point boot was good to give the Tigers the 7-0 advantage with 1:45 left in the half.
The Mustangs motored from their own 32 to the Silsbee 28 as time wound down in the half but the Tiger defense forced the Mustangs into three straight incompletions.
WO-S outgained the Tigers 112-108 in the first half. Hypolite had 14 carries for 78 yards and completed 4-of-11 passes for 29 yards.
Johnson was 6-of-10 for the Tigers for 63 yards and he rushed 10 times for 29 yards.
The Mustangs moved the ball from their own 37 all the way to the Tiger 32 on their first series of the second half, chewing five and a half minutes off the clock but the Tiger defense rose up again as defensive back Rakheem Bolton at the 15 on fourth-and-10 and Bolton brought it back to the Silsbee 27.
The Mustangs will head to Hamshire-Fannett next week to take on the Longhorns.
WO-S 0 0 0 14 — 14
Sils 0 7 0 0 — 7
Silsbee — Chris Rountree 23 pass from Jeremy Johnson. Matthew Deaver kick.
WO-S — Quintavious Garrett 25 run. Justin Sparrow kick.
WO-S — Garrett 11 run. Sparrow kick.
First downs 16 15
Rushes-yards 40-182 33-37
Passing 59 177
Comp-Att-Int 6-18-1 12-25-0
Fumbles-Lost 3-1 1-0
Penalties-Yards 4-39 7-50
——— INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING—WO-S, Ortavious Hypolite 27-130, Garrett 11-49, Trey Franks 2-3; Silsbee, Chris Barnes 8-26, ChrisCastle 3-10, Johnson 22-1. PASSING— WO-S, Hypolite 6-16-1 59, Franks 0-2-0 0; Silsbee, Johnson 12-23-0 177, Castle 0-2-0 0. RECEIVING—WO-S, Franks 2-37, Adrian Steen 1-12, Josh Gloston 1-5, Garrett 1-3, Roderick Simmons 1-2; Silsbee, Castle 4-27, Chase Kelly 2-61, Rountree 2-52, Barnes 2-22, Shannon Robinson 1-17, Prentice Lane 1-(-2).