Is West Orange-Stark The Best In Class 4A DII?

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The West Orange-Stark Mustangs are always considered one of the best teams year in and year out. They have a 12-2 record this year. With that record, they now have 8 or more wins 12 of the last 13 seasons. They have also now had only one losing season in the last 37 years.

This years team was considered to be pretty good. They were our Pre-Season #4 pick. The problem was that La Marque #2 in Pre-Season and La Grange #3 in Pre-Season were in the same region. The Mustangs fixed that problem and made everyone in the state stand up and notice. They beat La Marque and La Grange (who were our end of the regular season #1 & #2 teams) in back to back weeks by a combined score of 76-7!!

The Mustangs stumbled just a little midway through the season with tough losses to a very good 5A team in Richmond Foster and a very good 3A team in Newton. After that, they got things worked out and have won the last 8 games (including 4 playoff games) by a combined score of 359-84.

This week, they take on #11 Sinton in the Semifinals. A win in that game puts them in their 5th all-time state championship game where they will face the winner of the game between #3 Gilmer and #4 Celina.

Championship History: (4) 2-2
1986 4A - West Orange-Stark 21, McKinney 9
1987 4A - West Orange-Stark 17, Rockwall 7
1988 4A - Paris 31, West Orange-Stark 13
2000 4A Division II - Ennis 38, West Orange-Stark 24

By Michael Wright
Lone Star Gridiron