Mustangs crush Bridge City, 66-7
WEST ORANGE — A quote from Bridge City Coach Cris Stump said it all after the Cardinals' 66-7 loss to the West Orange-Stark Mustangs Friday night.
"There is a reason they are the No. 3 team in the state," Stump said at Dan R. Hooks Stadium.
The Mustangs (6-0, 3-0) did a little of it all as WO-S returned a fumble for a touchdown, ran back a punt, recovered a block punt for a touchdown and had a touchdown on a failed punt attempt.
In between all those plays the Mustangs found a way to put up 413 total yards and limit the Cardinals (2-4. 0-3) to 115.
"We had a lot of big plays tonight," WO-S Coach Dan Hooks said. "That had been missing from our offense the last few weeks. We really do not enjoy putting up that many points. We were not here to embarrass the Cardinals and Coach Stump. That is just how it worked out and I think he knows that."
Mustangs' quarterback Ortavious Hypolite was the center of the WO-S offense yet again as the senior connected on seven of 10 pass attempts for 211 yards and two long touchdowns. Hypolite has now thrown for 792 yards on the year with eight touchdowns and one interception.
One touchdown came with 2:30 left in the first half as Hypolite found Quintavious Garrett on a 44-yard screen pass which resulted in a touchdown to make it 27-0 Mustangs.
The next strike came with :38 left in the second quarter as Hypolite found Trey Franks, who had three receptions for 113 yards, for a 65-yard touchdown striking. A Justin Sparrow kick made it 34-0.
Hypolite also used his feet in the first half as he had a 65-yard touchdown run which had made it 20-0 with 6:46 left in the first quarter. Hypolite ended the night with 86 yards on six carries.
There was a time in the came though Hypolite was itching just to get in the ball game.
"I was at first hoping to be able to get a couple plays in before the first half ended," Hypolite said.
The Mustangs were able to make it 14-0 before the Mustangs' offense ever stepped on the field.
On the first play of the game Bridge City quarterback Josh Lemoine fumbled the initial snap and Stephen Cook was "Johnny on the Spot" as the junior picked up the ball and ran it in from eight yards out.
The Cardinals were then forced to punt on the next series and Josh Gloston was ready to make Bridge City pay.
Gloston found a gap and exploded, scoring from 58 yards out to make it 14-0.
"It felt good to come out and get the big plays again," Hypolite said. "We have a lot of team speed and it is nice to utilize it."
Hypolite also had a 1-yard touchdown plunge after connecting with Franks again for another 44-yard gain.
The Hypolite score made it 40-0 with 9:06 left in the third.
With Hypolite out of the game, sophomore Reggie Garrett picked up his first touchdown toss of his career with 2:27 left in the third as he hooked up with Adrian Steen from 14 yards out.
A failed kick made it 46-0.
The second half also saw Bridge City freshman Matt Menard take over for Lemoine at quarterback.
Menard continued his impressive start to his career after rushing for 70 yards on 17 tough carries. Menard now has 276 yards on the year.
"As that kid gets older, he is going to be a good player," Hooks said. "He is going to be something special."
Stump was also impressed with Menard's ability to run the ball and his composure against a stout defense.
"That whole group of young players is going to be good," Stump said. "He (Matt) is not fazed at all or at least he doesn't show it."
After a blocked punt touchdown by the Mustangs' Kevin Robinson to make it 52-0, the Cardinals worked to get on the scoreboard for the first time.
Bridge City went on a 10-play, 65-yard drive which resulted in a touchdown.
Menard had 31 yards rushing on the drive.
On the 10th play, Menard found Grant Encalade from seven yards out for his first career passing touchdown.
A Devin Bertrand kick made it 52-7 with 5:16 left in the game.
Mustangs' junior Trey Franks was not done.
Franks collected the kickoff at the 3-yard line and immediately looked upfield and never stopped until he ran it back 97 yards for a touchdown to make it 59-7.
The Mustangs last touchdown came with 2:02 left on the clock as punter James Haynes botched the snap and picked up the ball and ran it in for a 53-yard touchdown.
"It really feels great to get this win and stay undefeated in district," Hypolite said. "Now we have to get the last two wins and win that district championship."
The Mustangs will head to Sour Lake to face the Hardin-Jefferson Hawks who defeated the Hamshire=Fannett Longhorns 21-12 Friday.
"They (Hawks) will be waiting for us," Hooks said. "They will come after us next Friday. Our kids will prepare this week and go get after it in Sour Lake."
Bridge City will be preparing to travel to Orangefield to take part in the Bayou Bowl against the rival Bobcats.
"It is not going to take a lot of motivation from me to get them ready for next week," Stump said. "We are going to go back to work and get ready for the big game."