Bronco season ends with BA playoff loss
By Kyle Salomon
Yards didn’t equal points as key turnovers doomed the Broncos in their second-round playoff loss to Broken Arrow.
With the temperatures in the teens and 20s throughout the night in Mustang, the Broncos football team couldn’t overcome costly turnovers as they saw their season come to an end at the hands of Broken Arrow last Friday night at Bronco Stadium by a score of 43-20.
Mustang ended the season with an overall record of 7-5, while the Tigers improved to 10-2 on the year and advanced to the state semifinals this weekend.
Mustang head coach Jeremy Dombek said he is proud of the way his team competed.
“I thought we fought our tails off,” he said. “You have to give credit to Broken Arrow. They are an excellent football team. I thought we did a good job of fighting back throughout the game, but we made a few mistakes that cost us in the end. I couldn’t be more proud of the guys for their effort.”
Broken Arrow came into the game with Mustang ranked No.3 in the state, having only lost to Jenks and Tulsa Union, who are ranked No.1 and No.2, respectively, in the state.
The Tigers got the party started on the first play of the game as they returned the opening kick 94 yards for a touchdown. Mustang tried to climb back the entire night.
Both teams struggled throughout the night with their passing game because of the frigid temperatures, gusting north wind, freezing rain and ice falling from the sky and the sheet of ice that covered the turf at Bronco Stadium.
The Mustang-Broken Arrow contest was the only 6A game played on Friday night as the three other 6A games were delayed until Saturday because of the weather conditions. The crowd in the stands wasn’t what you normally see at a quarterfinal playoff game, but the nasty conditions combined with the game being aired on television kept many spectators at home.
The Broncos heavily outgained Broken Arrow in the yardage department as Mustang finished the night with 439 yards of offense, while the Tigers finished with 237 total yards offense in the game.
Mustang rushed the ball 53 times for 306 yards in the game compared to Broken Arrow’s 42 attempts for 184 yards. The Broncos aired it out for 133 yards on 17 completions out of 37 attempts, while BA closed the game with a total of 53 yards passing on seven completions out of 13 attempts.
Broken Arrow scored six touchdowns on the night compared to Mustang with three. Every touchdown in the game was scored on the ground.
The Broncos finished the night with two turnovers and five penalties for 60 yards, while the Tigers had one turnover and five penalties for 56 yards.
Mustang senior offensive player Frankie Edwards split time at running back and quarterback throughout the game. Edwards finished the night with 238 rushing yards on 34 carries and two touchdowns. He also completed five passes out of 16 attempts for 38 yards.
Bronco sophomore quarterback Chandler Garrett had a tough go of it as he had a Broken Arrow defender in his face nearly every time he dropped back to pass. Garrett finished the night with 12 completions out of 24 attempts for 95 yards and one interception.
Senior H-back Colton Hadlock finished the night with six receptions for 47 yards, and junior running back Chase Brown carried the ball five times for 57 yards and one touchdown.