Mustangs ranked No. 2 in 4A Division II in Dave Campbell’s Texas Football

Published 2:25 pm Thursday, June 22, 2017

By Van Wade
The Orange Leader

After losing a tremendous senior class that saw 13 players sign from the 2016 Class 4A Division II state championship team, the West Orange-Stark Mustangs’ reputation remains sky-high as the Mustangs are ranked No. 2 in the division in the preseason poll by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine.
Of course, fans of the team in Blue and White have become spoiled as WOS rolled to a perfect 16-0 and captured its second consecutive title with a whipping of Sweetwater and third straight trip to the state championship game.
All the Mustangs accomplished was outscoring the opposition by an 811-69 count to go along with eight shutouts in what was one of the best performances in Texas high school football history.
Coach Cornel Thompson and Co. are in somewhat of a rebuilding mode entering the upcoming season. The Mustangs do have a handful of starters back on both sides of the ball plus plenty of young talents that captured District 9-4A Division II titles on the junior varsity and freshman levels.
There are plenty of tradition-rich programs that fill up the poll.
The Gilmer Buckeyes (13-2 last year), who defeated the Mustangs in the 2014 state title game, is ranked No. 1 in Class 4A Division II.
Celina (11-3), who the Mustangs toppled in the 2015 state title game is ranked No. 4. Sweetwater (13-2), meanwhile, is ranked No. 10.
In Class 4A Division II, both the Bridge City Cardinals and Silsbee Tigers are ranked in the top 20 as the Cardinals (9-3) are No. 19 and the Tigers (6-5) are No. 20.
The two teams duked it out for the District 10-4A Division I title last year with the Cardinals taking a thrilling 42-41 victory at home as Bridge City went three rounds deep into the postseason.
Defending state champion Carthage (13-2) is ranked No. 1 and Abilene Wylie (11-2), whom Carthage defeated in the state title game is No. 6.
In Class 5A, Port Neches-Groves (11-2) and Port Arthur Memorial (10-2), who shared the District 22-5A title with Vidor last season, are ranked No. 31 and No. 35 respectively in the Class 5A poll.
Texas Football will hit the newsstands soon with University of Texas first-year head coach Tom Herman on the cover.

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About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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