SOUR LAKE —
Great Scott! … and Spencer … and Salter … and Lynch … and …
The talent was endless on the field for West Orange-Stark as the Mustangs rolled past Hardin-Jefferson 49-0 in a District 21-3A mismatch at Hawks Field on Friday night.
John Scott, the big runner for the Mustangs, scored twice on runs of 3 and 61 yards, leading a tedious first half offensive effort, then running away with it in the final two quarters. WO-S is now perfect at 6-0 and 2-0, while H-J falls to 3-2 and 0-1.
Hardin-Jefferson’s defense kept the game close in the first half, limiting the Mustangs’ typically explosive backfield. But Scott would set the tone for the second half in one quick step through the hole. With WO-S up 14-0, Scott took the opening handoff of the second half 61 yards for a 21-0 lead.
After forcing H-J to punt on the next possession, the Mustangs went back to work as J’Marcus Rhodes returned the boot to the H-J 11. Four plays later, Jimmy Salter connected with Rhodes for an 8-yard touchdown and a 28-0 advantage. The runaway was underway.
The Mustangs’ Deionte Thompson picked off H-J quarterback Jared Gieseke on the Hawks’ next possession, setting up WO-S drive that spanned 68 yards in 11 plays with Abear Simien crossing the goal line from the 1 for a 35-0 lead.
Another H-J punt and another Mustangs touchdown ensued. This drive went 45 yards on nine plays with Ar’Tevin McDonald sprinting 20 yards for the score and a 42-0 mark.
On their next drive, the Hawks put together their best drive of the game, marching 53 yards in 11 plays to the Mustangs 12. With just seconds left on the clock, Gieseke hurled the ball to a receiver on a crossing pattern.
Instead of hitting his intended receiver, Mustang defender Joe Lynch snagged the interception and sprinted 94 yards for the score with no time left on the clock.
The best that could be said of the early moments of the game is “ugly”, as the opening kickoff reaped back-to-back penalty flags that led the Hardin-Jefferson taking possession on offense at the Mustangs’ 41. The Hawks looked like they were spoiling for an upset when Gieseke completed a 52-yard pass play to Andrew Martel.
The offensive totals for H-J at the end of the half told a more complete story as the Hawks finished the first two quarters with 11 yards of total offense and the one first down on the Gieseke-Martel hookup.
Once WO-S got over the early-game struggles, the Mustangs were able to push H-J deep into their own end of the field, forcing punts that left the Ponies with a short field looking directly into the end zone.
After forcing H-J to punt, Mustang returner Dwain Boullard brought the ball back from the 31 to the 3 where John Scott took the ball on the first snap into the end zone for a 7-0 lead with 11 seconds left in the first quarter.
The Mustangs were able to convert again on good field position, moving the ball 34 yards in three plays midway through the second quarter with Jimmy Salter connecting with Dre Spencer for 18 yards and the score. The Mustangs took their 14-0 lead into the halftime break.
Leading the Mustangs offense was Scott with nine carries for 123 yards while Salter completed 8 of 15 for 75 yards. His top receiver was Dwain Boullard with 2 for 29 yards. The Hawks, who were limited to 73 total yards, including negative-2 rushing, were led by Gieseke’s 4-of-12 pass attempts for 75 yards with three interceptions.
SOUR LAKE —
Great Scott! … and Spencer … and Salter … and Lynch … and …
Bassmaster Elites are coming back
The announcement was made last week, ahead of Bassmaster’s official tournament schedule announcement and the buzz is already strong in Southeast Texas and beyond.
I was in Orlando, Fla. attending the ICAST (fishing trade) show and talked with a number of top anglers including Kevin VanDam, Mike Iaconelli and Shaw Grigsby who said it was no surprise they would return considering the massive turnout for the weigh-ins and that the area welcomed them in a very special way.
It’s far too early to speculate anything like who the top contenders will be or how the fishing will be but there are some things to keep in mind and to look for over the next few months and into the event itself.
• Prefishing-There is a pre-fishing cutoff that usually extends to right before the Bassmaster Classic and I fully expect most of the anglers in the Elites to come back and prefish.
Last go-round probably 2/3 of the field fished the area but this time I expect that to be just about everyone. Many of the anglers that did not pre-fish told me they expected to have a lot of water to fish but the sheer volume and diversity was almost overwhelming.
Beginning probably in the early fall we will see many anglers fishing local waters to get a better idea on how to approach the area.
• East to West Runs-The Elite anglers fished far and wide but I expect even more running next go-round. After launching from the Simmons Drive Boat Ramp in Orange angler Bill Lowen ran down the Intracoastal, across Galveston Bay and fished in the Clear Lake area and placed in the top 12. The more adventurous anglers will try super long runs, in my opinion, even longer than last time to try and score on big fish. The Intracoastal Canal system makes that possible.
• Sabine River -Very few of the anglers actually fished in the Sabine River despite the event being called the “Sabine River Challenge”. I think that will change with more anglers running as far north as they can to find pockets of fish that receive little pressure and perhaps a four or five-pounder to push them over the top.
• Bigger Turnout-Last year some 34,000 people attended the event which set a Bassmaster record for an Elite event.
It was broken a couple of weeks later in New York but I fully expect the 2015 tournament to draw 40,000 plus. The reason they are coming back is not for the stellar fishing because while we have lots of bass, everyone knows our fishery cannot compare to Toledo Bend for example.
The support from the public however was amazing and that is what is bringing the top anglers on the planet to fish our area.
We will have the very best coverage of the event beginning now and leading up to it with exclusive interviews with all of the top pros with not only their thoughts on the big event but with unique tips on how you can catch more fish.
It’s an exciting time and I look forward to bringing you special coverage on a special event.
(To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at email@example.com. You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at www.klvi.com or watch him on “God’ Outdoors with Chester Moore” Saturdays at 10 a.m. on GETV.org)
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