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FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Longhorns make (blue) waves in routing … well, Longhorns

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CLEVELAND — Hamshire-Fannett’s “Blue Wave” offense totaled 464 yards thanks in large part to quarterback Marcus Morris’ 191 yards and two touchdowns rushing, and the visiting Longhorns dominated the Tarkington Longhorns 49-12 on Friday.
Morris had nearly two-thirds of Hamshire-Fannett’s rushing yards. Keshawn Morris added five carries for 66 yards and a TD, Garrett Picou caught four passes for 82 yards and Evan Viator picked off a pass in the win.

Blaine Waggoner led the visiting Longhorns’ “Blackshirt” defense.
Hamshire-Fannett (3-2) has won two straight and will visit Shepherd next Friday.

WEST ORANGE-STARK 21, BRIDGE CITY 0
WEST ORANGE — Picking up their 399th win in school history and their 113th shutout, the West Orange-Stark Mustangs shut down the Bridge City Cardinals 21-0 in non-district action at Hooks Stadium Friday night.

The Mustangs (2-3) scored all 21 of their points in the first half to turn back the Cardinals (1-4).

The Cardinals simply had nowhere to run Friday night as the Chain Gang Defense limited Bridge City to just 39 total yards, all on the ground coming on 31 carries.

The Mustangs picked up 314 total yards, rushing for 237 and passing for 77 more.

Senior tailback Justin Sibley zipped through the Cardinal defense for 160 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries. Mustang quarterback Tyrone Wilson completed 8-of-17 passes for 77 yards and a score to receiver Brettlin Wiley. Jay’zyn Robinson led WO-S with four catches for 40 yards.

Bruising fullback Andy Lara led the Cardinals with 38 yards on 11 carries while Garrett Villanueva had 16 yards on nine totes. The Cardinals only passed twice, both went incomplete.

It was one of the Cardinals’ better nights defensively as they were allowing 378.8 yards a game coming in. They also pounced on two Mustang fumbles and had a big fourth-down stand inside their 3 late in the fourth quarter.

The Mustangs went into halftime in total control with a 21-0 advantage as they limited the Cardinals to just six total yards and one first down on 21 plays in the first 24 minutes.

BUNA 30, ORANGEFIELD 14
BUNA – The Buna Cougars downed the Orangefield Bobcats in stunning fashion 30-14 to get their District 12-3A Division I season off on the right foot.
With a packed crowd on both sides the game was close and hard fought till the end.

The Cougars (4-0, 1-0) remain undefeated on the season while the Bobcats (3-1, 0-1) absorbed their first loss of the campaign in their first district game since dropping down to the Class 3A ranks.

Buna’s defense was stout and wore down the Bobcats offense and made it very tough for them to get a continuous drive and to score multiple times.

Orangefield’s defense created multiple turnovers in the red zone to make the game way more close and intense, but the Bobcats’ offense wasn’t able to take advantage of the turnovers they created.

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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