Every cheesy sports movie has a villain, and every cheesy sports movie villain has something to their credit that makes them terrifying. Sometimes it’s a powerful offense, churning up everything in its path. Sometimes it’s a player or two that have connections to the hero’s past, and also they hit really hard or something. Sometimes their defense doesn’t give up a single point in the first four games.
I don’t think West Orange-Stark is inherently villainous, but they have achieved a movie villain esque statistic: they haven’t given up a point in their first four games. Nederland? Blanked. Little Cypress-Mauriceville? Not even close. The most recent victim, Houston KIPP Northeast? Not even close.
It’s one thing to blow out your opponents. It’s another thing entirely to not let a single one of them score. Through 2016, in 16 quarters, or 192 minutes of game time, there has not been a touchdown scored on the West Orange-Stark Mustangs.
They’re led by DE TeRon Brown, DT Morris Joseph, DB Malick Phillips, and they have no signs of slowing down at all. Sure, they might give up some points when Silsbee comes to town, but what they’re doing is honestly one of the greatest feats in High School football in a while.
The strength of West Orange-Stark resides in their defensive line, where it seems like anyone is capable of making plays at any given time. The Mustangs are strong at the point of attack, routinely shedding double-team blocks and getting to the quarterback despite only rushing three defenders.
West Orange-Stark is easily the most terrifying team in class 4A, and they won’t stop until they’re at the state title. They’re the favorites to take it all home right now, but their tough region will prove to have some challenges come playoff time.