Dombek’s first year a tremendous success

column shots.qxdWhen Saturday morning rolls around, Mustang’s football season will either be over or the Broncos will be preparing for a state semifinal game.

 Either way, this season has been a tremendous success in the first year of the Jeremy Dombek era at Mustang.

No one knew what to expect coming into this season after spending the past decade and more with Ty Prestidge and Todd Dilbek calling the shots on the Bronco sidelines.

Now, we all have more of an idea at the direction Dombek and his staff want to go with Mustang football. The destination has gold written all over it as the Broncos will be vying for state championships for many years to come under the direction of Dombek.

Some of you may be asking how I could come to this conclusion following a 6-4 regular season and a 4-3 mark in district play, barely sliding into the playoffs as the fourth seed in their district.

It’s simple, it’s the attitude Dombek has instilled into this program. Mustang won a thriller of a football game last Friday night when the Broncos overcame a two-touchdown deficit to beat Norman North 44-37 in the first round of the playoffs.

I believe in the past several seasons when the Broncos would get down 21-7 in the first half on the road as an underdog, Mustang wouldn’t have had the mental toughness it takes to weather the storm and make a valiant comeback against a worthy opponent.

They did just that. It’s almost as if the Broncos glanced at the scoreboard, snickered and said, “Two touchdowns? Is that it?” They went to work, dug themselves out of a hole and here we are talking about their chances Friday night instead of recapping the season.

This Friday will be a little tougher test for Mustang as Broken Arrow comes knocking on Mustang’s door in Bronco Stadium. The Tigers are clear-cut favorites, but if there’s anything sports can teach us, upsets happen all the time.

I’m not going to sit here and predict a Bronco upset against Broken Arrow, but would it shock me to see Mustang’s score be a little bigger than BA’s on Friday when the clock hits zero? No, it would not.

The team is full of players who are easy to like and easy to pull for when you watch their games.

Senior leaders such as Frankie Edwards, Colton Hadlock, Joey Snodgrass, Tristan Hill, Tanner Robertson and Garrett Hudson to name a few have paid their dues in their careers at Mustang and deserve this opportunity.

Underclassmen such as Chandler Garrett, Zach Davis, Cutter Smith, David Parker, Jakolby Long and Kiante Miles are up and coming stars in the Bronco football program and will help carry this team to the next level.

The atmosphere Friday night at Bronco Stadium needs to be electric. Broken Arrow needs to know they are on the road in a hostile environment. I know it isn’t Yukon and it’s not 80 degrees outside anymore, but Mustang nation should make this about them.

This community, this school district, this fan base has been waiting for this game for a long time. Well, it is finally here and now it’s your job Stang Nation to step up and support your team like you never have before.

Regardless of the outcome of the game, this team and this program has made big strides toward their future, which looks brighter and brighter by the day.

 

 

 

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