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Broncos prepare for offensive onslaught tonight against Norman North

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The last time the Broncos football team was in Tiger Stadium in Norman, they were celebrating a first-round playoff win over Norman North.

Mustang will return to the site of that win at 7 tonight with a district showdown with the Timberwolves.website commentary new.qxd

The Broncos come into the game with an overall record of 4-1 and a district mark of 2-0, while Norman North comes in with a three-game losing streak and a record of 2-3 and 0-2 in district play. NN is coached by Wade Stanley.

However, the T-wolves have played arguably the toughest schedule in the state, as they played the state’s third, second and first-ranked teams in a row the past three weeks.

“They have played the top three ranked teams in our class the past three weeks,” Mustang coach Jeremy Dombek said. “So coming into this game off a three-game losing streak doesn’t mean anything. They are a terrific football team. They are well-coached and have a lot of talent. We are going to have to play well.”

Norman North opened the season with a 37-13 victory over rival Norman. They then took down Yukon 42-28 in week two. In week three, the Timberwolves took on Westmoore and fell to the Jaguars 48-41. Owasso then defeated NN in week four by a score of 45-20 and then last week, they fell to Tulsa Union 56-21.

Mustang opened the season with a 41-14 win at rival Yukon. In week two, Stillwater rolled into Bronco Stadium and upset the Broncos 35-26. Mustang responded with a road upset of Edmond Memorial 57-37. In week four, MHS took down Edmond North 34-20, and last week, Mustang hammered Putnam City North 46-0.

“We know they have had this game circled for a long time,” Dombek said. “Ever since we beat them at their place in the playoffs last year, they have been waiting for this game. We know we are going to be in a fight.”

Coming into tonight’s matchup, Mustang is averaging 33.7 points per game and averaging 425.4 total offensive yards per contest including 200.2 on the ground and 225.2 through the air.

Defensively, the Broncos are allowing 18 points per game. They are giving up 251.5 total yards per contest including 102.7 rushing and 148.8 passing.

Junior quarterback Chandler Garrett is leading Mustang through the air with 1,221 passing yards and 13 touchdowns. Garrett has completed 90 passes out of 138 attempts and has thrown four interceptions. The junior has also run for 162 yards and three touchdowns on 53 carries.

Senior running back Chase Brown has rushed for 721 yards this season and six touchdowns on 93 rushes. Brown has also caught 18 passes for 141 yards and three touchdowns.

Senior receiver David Parker leads the team in receptions so far this year with 22 catches for 408 yards and four touchdowns.

Junior receiver Bobby Brown is second on the team with 10 receptions for 177 yards and two touchdowns.

“We like the way we are playing right now,” Dombek said. “But we have to keep improving and getting better.”

Defense, air attack highlight blowout win over PC North

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Defense and the passing game headlined the 46-0 victory for the Broncos against Putnam City North last Friday night on homecoming night at Mustang High School.

The Mustang defense held the Panthers to just 51 yards of total offense, including minus 31 rushing yards, while the Bronco offense attacked PC North through the air with 297 of the 378 total yards coming from the passing game.website commentary new.qxd

The home district win improved Mustang’s overall record to 4-1 this season and 2-0 in district play.

“We played a full game defensively for the first time this whole season,” Mustang coach Jeremy Dombek said. “PC North has some good athletes over there, and we played really well all night long. I thought we missed some opportunities early on offensively, but we played well overall.”

Mustang didn’t waste any time getting on the scoreboard, as the Broncos took their opening drive down the field and put it in the end zone, grabbing an early 7-0 lead.

The Broncos had two more possessions in the first quarter, but only managed a field goal to take a 10-0 lead into the second frame.

Mustang took total control of the game in the second quarter, putting 22 points on the board against the Panthers. At the halftime break, the Broncos led PC North 32-0.

In the third quarter, Mustang continued to dominate on both sides of the ball, putting two more touchdowns on the scoreboard to give the Broncos the 46-point victory.

The Broncos finished with 23 total first downs and no turnovers. They had 81 rushing yards and committed seven penalties for 65 yards. Mustang was 4-for-12 on third downs in the game.

“Putnam City North loaded the box and wanted to take away our running game,” Dombek said. “That opened up a lot with our passing game, and I thought we handled that well.”

Junior quarterback Chandler Garrett finished the night with 260 passing yards on 17-of-26 passing with four touchdowns. Garrett also had 24 yards rushing on seven carries.

Fellow junior backup quarterback Luke Ring saw action in the fourth quarter for the first time this season. Ring finished with 37 yards through the air and completed four out of seven passes.

“It was good to get some of our young guys into the game, because that helps build depth,” Dombek said. “You always have to take advantage of those opportunities because during the season, you will have to count on those young backups to come in and play important minutes for you.”

Senior running back Chase Brown didn’t have a lot of room to run last Friday night, but still managed 28 yards on 13 carries and one touchdown. Brown also affected the game with his hands, as he caught five passes for 45 yards and two touchdowns.

Sophomore running back Aaron Kinchion was the second-leading rusher for the Broncos last Friday night with 27 yards on seven carries.

Senior receiver David Parker stole the show from the receiver position, as he caught eight passes for 148 yards and one touchdown.

Junior receiver Bobby Brown had one reception in the game for 42 yards.

Defensively, Mustang was stout against the Panthers. The Broncos held PC North to seven first downs and didn’t allow Putnam City North to convert any third downs in the game.

The Panthers finished the night with 82 passing yards and four turnovers, all coming through interceptions. PC North also had six penalties for 63 yards on the night.

Virginia Lorene Miller

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Virginia Lorene Miller passed peacefully from this world on Sept. 28 and is now among the angels with her parents and seven of her siblings. Virginia was born to Wilson and Birdie Grider on March 23, 1926, in Velma, the third of their nine children.

Virginia is survived by her brother, Bernice Grider; her daughters and their spouses, Donna and Alvin Brasier, Jeannie and Joe McDoulett, Mitzi and Charles McLain and Candace and Eric Myers; 10 grandchildren and numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren, as well as many other family members and dear friends.

There will be a celebration of her life at 2 p.m. Oct. 2 at McNeil’s Funeral Service. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memory Gardens in Oklahoma City.

Mildred R. Jacob

Mildred Jacob

Mildred R. Jacob, a resident of Stratford was born October 31, 1935 in Casa Grande, Arizona, to Ora A and Edna (Enyart) Dobbs. She passed away Tuesday September 23, 2014 at Stratford, Oklahoma at the age of 78 years 10 months and 22 days. Mildred grew up in the Rocky area, and had lived in Mustang before moving to the Stratford area. She was a member of the Church of the First Born. She was preceded in death by her parents, 4 sisters: Phyllis McCoy, Cindy Bashaw, Deola Reeves, Evelyn Collins, 2 brothers: Gene Dobbs, Billy Dobbs.
and a great grandson: Landon Jacob.
Survived by her 3 Daughters: Christi Hunter of Stratford, OK.
Lesa Akins of Tuttle, OK. and Randi Qualls of Stratford, OK;.
Sons: Tony Jacob of Okla. City,OK. and Mark Jacob of Stratford, OK.
Sisters: Margaret Anderson of Prairie View, OK. and Joyce Dean of Prairie View, OK. 15 Grandchildren, 11 Great grandchildren,
Pallbearers: Cody Jacob, Taylor Hunter, Jacob Hunter, Dade Eddy, Silas Akins,
Kyle Qualls, Tyler Miner.
Graveside Services will be held Friday September 26, 2014 at 11:00 AM at Oaklawn Cemetery officiated by Brother Dusty Langley and Brother Bob Hunter. Burial will be at Oaklawn Cemetery under the direction of DeArman Funeral Home

Cheer squad takes sixth at state with flawless performance

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The Mustang varsity cheer squad turned in a “flawless” routine last Saturday in the State Cheer Competition, earning a sixth-place overall finish.

The cheer team finished with a score of 236 points after the final count was in from the judges. The competition took place Saturday evening at the Lloyd Noble Center on the campus of the University of Oklahoma in Norman.website commentary new.qxd

Mustang cheer coach Katy Caudle said she was proud of the way her team performed.

“Our goal was to win and have a clean, solid routine. Our advanced skills were great, our jumps were really good and our tumbling was great. We didn’t drop anything either, so it was a flawless routine.”

Every squad participating in the state competition had no more than two minutes to complete their routine.

Each routine required a basket toss, elite stunting, a pyramid, jumps, standing tumbling, running tumbling and a motion section.

Caudle said to get all of that into one routine that was just two minutes long required countless hours of practice time for the cheer squad.

The team practices three mornings every week from 6 a.m. until 7:45 a.m. and every afternoon after school from 2:45 p.m. until 3:45 p.m.

On top of the practice time the cheer girls are required to put in, they have to cheer at every varsity, junior varsity and freshman football game for Mustang.

The varsity cheer squad is made up of 24 girls, while the freshman team has 10 on the squad. The varsity team that competed at state was required to be trimmed down to 18 members. Freshmen through seniors made up the 18-girl team.

Even though the state competition is behind them, the Mustang varsity cheer squad is not done with competitions. Their next step is the National Cheer Competition this coming January in Dallas.

Caudle said the cheer squad is going to continue practicing and getting ready for the national competition. She said they are planning to take two routines (squads) to Dallas to compete.

Caudle is in her first year as coach for the Mustang cheer squad, but this is her second year as a teacher in Mustang Public Schools.

The Ada native graduated from Ada High School where she was a varsity cheerleader and a varsity pom team member. Caudle was a Universal Cheer Association All-Star cheerleader while in high school as well.

Caudle chose to attend Oklahoma State University where she was awarded numerous scholarships for her involvement in the Miss America organization.

Caudle is now a judge for the Miss America organization and she said she enjoys it. “I love being a part of the Miss America organization. It has been a great experience.”

In the 2013-2014 school year, Caudle started the mock trial competitive law program at Mustang High School.

“I was a state champion in high school in the mock trial competitive law program at Ada High School,” Caudle said. “When I came to Mustang, they didn’t have a program, so I decided to try and start one, and it has been great so far.”

The Mustang cheer coach position came open during the spring semester last year, and Caudle was approached by several Mustang High School administrators about the position. She was officially hired last April to be the new coach.

“It was a no-brainer,” Caudle said. “I love it. It’s a big time commitment, but I love the girls. It’s totally worth it. This group is special. Our seniors are doing concurrent enrollment. We have National Honor Society members, we have a girl in the FFA, we have a girl in the band and we have a girl (Taylor Collins) who is a homecoming court nomination. All these girls are really well-rounded. It’s been awesome.”

District judge rules in land dispute over Cedar Lake fire station

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By Daniel Lapham,

The Cedar Lake fire station belongs to Canadian County.

That’s how District Judge Gary E. Miller ruled after hearing arguments presented by Assistant District Attorney Paul Hesse. The action came Friday.

County employee Howie Sutton purchased the property in April after a clerical error allowed the property to be placed for sale as a tax delinquent property.

According to court documents, the county has owned the property for the last 14 years. The error in how the property was coded led to the Cedar Lake real estate being placed up for auction.

Seeing the property up for bid, Sutton purchased it for $100. According to documents, Sutton, through his attorney Mark Osby, asked the court to award him title to the property or pay Sutton more than $75,000 for the property plus fees associated with the case.

The judge agreed with Hesse that the county did not have authority to sell the land and vacated Sutton’s deed. Sutton’s $100 was reimbursed and the land went back to the county to be used by the Cedar Lake Volunteer Fire Department.

Hesse filed the initial petition on June 3 in district court asking that the deed be returned to the volunteer fire department. The property in question was donated to the county by the Western Sportsman Club to be used for the fire department. According to the deed the Western Sportsman Club was entitled to “right of first refusal” to buy the land back. The judge agreed with the county’s claims it did not have authority to sell due to this stipulation

In addition, Miller said Sutton did not do anything wrong by purchasing the property, but because there was no authority to sell the property, the sale was not legal and thus void.

Mustang hosts Putnam City North on Homecoming night at Bronco Stadium

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After being on the road two consecutive weeks, Mustang returns to the friendly confines of Bronco Stadium to face Putnam City North at 7 p.m. Friday on homecoming night.

The Broncos and Panthers will both be playing their second district game of the season when they kick off Friday night’s game.website commentary new.qxd

“Putnam City North is a good football team,” Mustang coach Jeremy Dombek said. “They play sound, fundamental football and don’t beat themselves. We are going to have to play well on Friday night to get a win.”

Mustang comes into the game with a 3-1 overall record and a 1-0 mark in the district. PC North comes into the contest with an identical 3-1 overall record, but is 0-1 in the district.

The Broncos got off to a slow start last week against Edmond North at UCO, but eventually pulled away for a 34-20 win to start district play off with a victory. The Panthers came into last week’s game against 6A No.1 Tulsa Union with an unblemished record, but the Redskins took care of that as they trampled PCN 63-6 at Putnam City Stadium.

“Things snowballed on them a little bit last week with Union,” Dombek said. “Sometimes that happens in football. We know and understand that they are capable of coming in here and playing really good football. They are well-coached and play hard. It’s going to be a good challenge for us.”

In week one, Mustang defeated rival Yukon by a score of 41-14. The Broncos’ one blemish on their record came in week two when Stillwater came into Bronco Stadium and shocked the Mustang faithful with a 35-26 win over the Broncos. MHS responded with a performance for the record books in week three as they hammered Edmond Memorial 57-37 at UCO.

Putnam City North started the season off with a 28-26 win over rival Putnam City. In week number two, they shut out Putnam City West 21-0. The Panthers improved to 3-0 with a week three W at home against Choctaw 37-30.

Offensively, Mustang comes into the game averaging 39.5 points per game. They are averaging 543.5 yards per game including 280 rush yards and 263.5 pass yards per contest.

Offensively for Putnam City North, they are averaging 24.5 points per game and averaging 160 yards per game including 61 rush yards and 90 pass yards per contest.

On the defensive side of the football for Mustang, they are allowing 26.5 points per game. The Broncos are allowing 350 yards per game including 161.8 rush yards and 188.2 pass yards per contest.

The Panthers on defense are allowing 13 points per game and 288 yards per game including 154.5 rush yards and 133.5 pass yards per contest.

“They are a tremendous defensive football team,” Dombek said. “Offensively, we are going to have to play better than we did last week. We were flat offensively to start the game last week. Our defense kept us in it early. We can’t do that this week or the rest of the way out.”

County officials, energy companies prepare for more production

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By Daniel Lapham,

Canadian County commissioners approved nine permits related to energy exploration and production at their Sept. 22 meeting. And, according to District 1 Commissioner Phil Carson, more permit requests are on the way.

“It looks like a new shale layer could lead to more oil and gas traffic in the county,” Carson said. He encouraged Dist. 3 Commissioner Jack Stewart to begin meeting with energy firms to address infrastructure needs. Much of the energy exploration is taking place in Stewart’s district, which includes the west side of the county.

“Jack, I’d like you to meet and discuss a plan to prepare for this next boom,” Carson said.

Carson said if the projections being made are correct, it would make this area “one of the largest oil and gas fields in the country.” Stewart agreed to begin the discussion to review plans for roads and other county infrastructure that will partner with energy companies.

“We need to figure out something to do about the roads in the area between Highway 281, 164th Street and Highway 270,” Stewart said. “It’s killing me. I don’t have the money to keep up with the roads. It’s just not there.”

Stewart said state Sen. Ron Justice, R-Chickasha, has been keeping commissioners apprised of the energy outlook. And it appears more activity is on the horizon.

“From everything I can understand from the people I’ve talked to in the industry, there is another shale layer that they are looking at,” Justice said. “From what I understand right now, we could see the rigs in the Canadian County area doubling. From what I am hearing, this is just the starting point.”

Stewart compared the current energy boom in sports terms.

“I’ve heard it described as if this were a ballgame and we were asked what inning we are in, the answer would be the game hasn’t even started yet,” Stewart said.

Justice agreed.

“This could be bigger than the Bakkan from what I am hearing,” Justice said, referring to the massive oil play in North Dakota. He said a natural gas processing plant “like what is in Calumet” is being built for Stephens and Grady counties.

“I visited with a pipeline company the other day that is putting in a line in Grady County. These are all planned. The main thing is there seems to be tremendous opportunities all through Canadian County, Grady and all through the south,” Justice said. “When companies are building this kind of infrastructure, you know this is not short-term speculation. I think these infrastructure investments are indicators that we are positioned for growth.”

Despite slow start, Broncos take down Edmond North in first district game

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In sports, it’s rare for a team to be firing on all cylinders every time they take the field.

Mustang experienced that on the gridiron last week with a 34-20 win Sept. 25 against Edmond North at Wantland Stadium on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma.website commentary new.qxd

The week prior, the Broncos’ offensive performance was one for the ages, as they put up 57 points and over 700 yards of offense against a team that hadn’t given up a point all season.

In the first part of the game against Edmond North, the Mustang offense was just as bad as it was good the week before.

The mark of a good team, however, is how it handles adversity when it comes its way. The Broncos handled it well.

“The first quarter was bad,” Mustang junior quarterback Chandler Garrett said. “We can’t afford to come out like that when we play teams like Norman North, Owasso or Union. We will work on that in practice.”

The Mustang defense kept the Broncos in the game early and allowed the offense to work out its kinks. Once that happened, MHS seized control of the game.

The Huskies scored two touchdowns in the first quarter, one coming on the first offensive play from scrimmage with a 32-yard touchdown pass, giving them a 7-0 lead.

Mustang’s offense responded after a sluggish start and tied the game on a 37-yard run from senior running back Chase Brown.

Edmond North struck next, as it recovered a Mustang fumble in the end zone to take a 14-7 lead into the second quarter.

The Broncos would answer with two touchdowns in the second frame, keeping the Huskies off the scoreboard.

The two Mustang scores came from Garrett, who connected with senior receiver David Parker for a 21-yard touchdown and junior Bobby Brown for an 11-yard score. MHS led 20-7 at the break.

The Broncos would tack on two more touchdowns in the third quarter to put the game away. Garrett again would strike Edmond North’s defense with his right arm, as he hit junior tight end Bryce Roberts for a 4-yard touchdown pass and then connected with junior receiver Jakolby Long for a 23-yarder.

The Huskies got one more touchdown on the board late in the fourth quarter, but the game was already in hand.

The Broncos finished with 434 yards of offense compared to Edmond North’s 246 yards. Mustang rushed for 191 yards and the Huskies ran for 142 yards. MHS totaled 243 through the air, while ENHS had 104 pass yards.

Both Mustang and Edmond North had three turnovers. The Broncos had two interceptions and a fumble, while the Huskies turnovers were all fumbles.

Mustang was penalized nine times for 50 yards and Edmond North seven times for 50 yards.

Garrett finished the game with 243 yards passing on 18-of-32 with four touchdowns and two interceptions.

Parker had six receptions on the night for 139 yards and one touchdown. Brown finished with 141 yards on the ground and one touchdown.

Woods prepares to hit century mark

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By Daniel Lapham,

On Saturday, five generations of the Woods family will celebrate the 100th birthday of life-long Union City resident Ethel (Ellie) Lillian Woods. The celebration will take place at 2:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Hall in Union City.

Woods was born Oct. 4, 1914, six miles east of Union City. As the youngest of five, Woods has lived through some of the most memorable decades in our nation’s history, and although she said she remembers much of it, it’s the present that continues to drive her to live life to its fullest.

“I just live in the now,” she said. “I bake bread and give it away to my neighbors, I walk to church every week and I play cards with my friends.”

When asked how she has stayed so happy and healthy in her 100 years in Union City, the petite 5-foot, silver-haired great-great-grandmother said she works out, eats healthy foods and just tries to have fun every day.

“It’s just about staying busy, eating right and working hard,” she said. “I raised seven kids, one girl and six boys. I worked with my husband, Robert, on the dairy farm and after the children were grown I worked as a cook for 14 or 15 years.”

Ellie’s family came to Oklahoma as homesteaders in the early 1900s as did her late husband’s family, settling in Union City in 1911. The couple married in 1933 and now Woods stands at the roots of a tree that spans five generations. She has 22 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren and 15-great-great-grandchildren, with two more on the way.

“She went in for her check-up the other day and her doctor told us if all of his patients were as healthy as her, he’d be out of a job,” said Janice Woods, Ellie Woods’ daughter-in-law. “We just got her driver’s license renewed for her 100th birthday last week.”

The family matriarch said she just enjoys every day as it comes and enjoys the simple things in life.

“I have a good time with the girls,” she said about playing cards. “I can still drive if I want to, but I’d rather walk and stay active.”

The birthday party is an open invitation to anyone who has known Woods throughout the years.