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By Sports editor, Kyle Salomon
The state’s No.1 ranked team in Class 6A got its toughest in-state test last Friday night at home against No.5 Norman North, but Mustang survived the scare with a 72-63 victory to improve to 10-0 on the year.
For the majority of the season, the Broncos have come out of the gate on fire, as they have been able to put their opponents away early and coast for the remainder of the game. However, last Friday Mustang was cold to start the game. The Broncos got their usual wide-open shots from the perimeter, but struggled to knock them down.
“We faced some adversity tonight,” Mustang coach Terry Long said. “I thought we handled it well. I thought our defense was really good when we needed it to be. We didn’t shoot well tonight, but you aren’t going to every night, so the defense needs to be there, and it was.”
Mustang only put up 14 points in the first quarter, but its defense kept them in the game, as Norman North struggled from the field as well, scoring only 15 in the opening frame.
As bad as the first quarter was for both teams offensively, the second period was even worse. Neither team could get anything going on the offensive end. The open shots they did get were clanking off the rim instead of the usual swishing through the net. MHS scored 12 points in the second quarter and the T-Wolves scored 11, putting the halftime score at a 26-26 tie.
Things got a little scary for the No.1 Broncos to start the third quarter, as Norman North came out of the half strong. The Timberwolves took a 12-point lead midway through the third period, which is the largest deficit Mustang has faced all season, but from that point on, it was all MHS.
The Bronco offense woke up and its defense tightened, as they stormed back to take a seven-point lead heading into the fourth and final quarter at 55-48.
Norman North tried to make a run at Mustang in the fourth quarter, but they never got closer than four points, as Mustang went on to keep its unbeaten season alive in the nine-point win.
“I thought we rebounded well as a team tonight,” Long said. “We weren’t making shots, so we got a lot of our points by crashing the offensive glass.”
As far as team statistics go, this was not a highlight game for the Broncos. Mustang was 23-of-39 from the free-throw line and had a season-high 21 turnovers. Norman North was 11-of-16 from the foul stripe and had 24 turnovers.
Junior guard Jakolby Long had a big night for MHS with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Senior guard Terrell Williams finished the game with 13 points and three rebounds, and junior guard Curtis Haywood II had 12 points and five rebounds.
The first game of the week last week wasn’t as difficult for the No.1 ranked team in the state. Mustang took care of business in blowout fashion with a 78-39 road win at Westmoore on Jan. 13.
It was all Mustang in the opening quarter, as the Broncos put 22 points on the board compared to the Jaguars with two. Junior forward Austin Meyer got everybody on their feet with a monstrous two-handed slam dunk early in the first and the rout was on.
“I honestly didn’t think I was going to be able to dunk it until I got up in the air,” Meyer said. “Once I was about halfway there, I knew I was going to throw it down.”
The Broncos put up 17 in the second period, while Westmoore added eight to their side of the scoreboard. MHS led 39-10 at the halftime break.
The most competitive quarter of the game was the third frame. Mustang came out somewhat flat after leading by nearly 30 points at halftime and the Jaguars were playing for sheer pride. Mustang scored 19 points in the quarter, while Westmoore put up 16 for a 58-26 score entering the final period of the game.
The Broncos were able to play most of their reserves in the fourth quarter, and they played well, scoring 20 points in the final frame and holding Westmoore to 13 for the 39-point victory.
Mustang finished the night going 7-of-11 from the free-throw line and committing seven turnovers, while Westmoore was 4-of-9 from the foul stripe and had 23 turnovers.
Long was again the leading scorer for the Broncos with 19 points and six rebounds. Haywood finished the night with 14 points and four rebounds, while senior forward Geoffrey Hightower had 10 points and four rebounds.
“We have a lot of guys who can score, so our main focus is our defense,” Jakolby Long said. “We know we are going to put points on the board, so stopping people from scoring is important.”
Mustang was back in action against another top five team in the state on Tuesday night at home against Edmond Memorial. Mustang will travel to Altus today through Saturday, competing in the Shortgrass Invitational.
By Mustang News reporter, Daniel Lapham
In his first month as District 1 commissioner, Marc Hader is introducing ideas to get Canadian County residents more involved.
On Tuesday, Hader presented two ideas he said could bring together members of the communities from across the county. The first is to invite ministers or residents with a passion for prayer from each of the commissioners’ districts to lead the corporate prayer. In addition, he proposed to invite veterans to lead in the pledge to begin each meeting. Rodney French, who is the chaplain for the sheriff’s department, has led the corporate prayer for several years. Hader said French is a friend and his ideas have nothing to do with the service French has done for the county.
“I think he may have gotten his feelings hurt and I am sorry for that. It is no reflection on him whatsoever,” Hader said. “This is a way that we can connect at a greater level to the community. On the pledge, we have a lot of veterans in our communities and I believe this can give us a way to meet our veterans and to acknowledge them for their service.”
The second idea presented by Hader would change the regular meeting schedule to allow for one of the regular weekly meetings each month to be held in the evening and in different locations across the county. Commissioners have historically met at 9 a.m. each Monday. Hader said this would give residents who work during the day an opportunity to be involved in their county government.
“I think we should start it in El Reno and then branch out from there,” said Jack Stewart, District 3 commissioner. “I like the idea of getting more of the community involved, though.”
No action was taken on changing the meeting schedule. Commissioners agreed to look further into the possibilities.
“I want us to be as accountable, accessible and transparent as possible to the community,” Hader said. “We want to be available to them. I know this could be a bit of a burden to the staff, but I think it is worth it to reach out to the community in an effort to have them to reach back.”
Commissioner David Anderson brought up the idea of recording the meeting to broadcast it on local cable channels or to stream it over the Internet.
“I would really like to see us broadcast video of our meetings much like the cities do,” Anderson said.
Hader agreed that video would be an excellent way to make county government more accessible to the community.
Hader also proposed adding an additional staff position to the commissioners department, which would be in addition to the current first and second deputy positions.
“I was generally proposing that we hire one more person under the commissioners and that we interview a wide range of persons with a broad range of qualities,” Hader said. “I would like someone to be able to take on some more of the duties in the commissioners offices.”
With the new position, Hader suggested that the two deputy positions also be restructured, creating a system where each commissioner has an assistant.
“The title of first deputy is more of a small county type of model,” Hader said. “I would like to start the process to change the mindset from just a secretarial position to an executive type role. I want this person to be capable of representing me in a meeting. These positions would be filled by someone whose job will be a liaison for the commissioners. I would want to do away with the first and second deputy positions and to give one position per commissioner.”
Hader said he does not want the perception to be that he does not value the current staff, but he also wants to cast a broad net in order to be able to have the opportunity to hire “the best and brightest,” whether they work for us now or not.
“You know we don’t even have a public information officer for the commissioners,” he said. “There are a lot of things that this would allow us to do. We could use these specialized positions to target specialized fields.”
No action was taken on the agenda item. Hader said he will be looking further into the idea over the coming weeks.
By Sports editor, Kyle Salomon
With a couple of seconds left in the game and down four points, the Lady Broncos needed a miracle if they were going to upset No.10 Norman North on Friday night at home.
Mustang almost got that miracle as they inbounded the ball and dribbled down the floor, and freshman guard Tytianna Mustin launched a 3-pointer that went in the basket. The MHS gym went into an uproar because a Norman North player bumped into Mustin as she was releasing the ball. No foul call was made and the game ended in a 61-60 Lady T-Wolves victory.
If the referees had made the foul call, Mustin would have had the opportunity to go to the free-throw line and tie the game and send it into overtime. Instead, the Bronco girls fell to 3-8 on the year following the deflating loss.
“It’s hard to lose that way, but we can’t just point to that one play and say that’s why we lost,” Mustang coach Kevin Korstjens said. “I’m proud of the way we fought back. We showed a lot of resiliency in the game.”
Norman North started the game off strong and Mustang started slow in the first quarter. The Lady Broncos managed just six points in the opening frame, while the Lady Timberwolves had 15.
Mustang picked it up in the second quarter but couldn’t gain much ground, as they scored just one more point in the second period than Norman North did. MHS had 11 points in the frame and NNHS had 10, giving the T-Wolves an eight-point lead going into halftime.
To open the third quarter, the Mustang girls clawed back and cut the NN lead to just four points, but a late third period run by Norman North put the Timberwolves back on top by 13 points at 50-37.
The Lady Broncos started making their run early in the fourth quarter and had several chances to take the lead on Norman North, but couldn’t get over the hump.
Mustang was without starting forward Sarah Kellogg, who was out with an illness. Kellogg is the team’s leading rebounder and does a lot of the dirty work in the paint area, so losing her didn’t make the Lady Broncos’ job any easier trying to pull off the upset.
Mustang was 15-of-28 from the free-throw line and had 24 turnovers, while Norman North was 15-of-22 from the foul stripe and had 25 turnovers.
In Kellogg’s absence, sophomore forward Abbie Niehues got the start and she made most of her opportunity, as she led the team with 15 points and nine rebounds on the night. Junior guard Addy Lawson had 12 points and two rebounds, while Mustin finished with 11 points and four rebounds.
In their earlier game last week, the Mustang girls traveled to Westmoore for a matchup with another top 10 team. The Lady Jaguars took it to the Lady Broncos in an 85-53 victory.
The Bronco girls were able to keep it somewhat close in the first half, as they trailed by just 12 points going into the halftime break, but the second half was all Westmoore. The Jags outscored MHS 42-22 in the second half for the 32-point win.
Mustang finished the game going 6-of-13 from the free-throw line and committing 18 turnovers, while Westmoore was 13-of-15 from the foul stripe and committed 18 turnovers.
Sophomore forward Logan Haller had 12 points and seven rebounds in the game. Kellogg finished with eight points and three rebounds and Lawson finished with eight points and one rebound.
Mustang was back in action at home on Tuesday night against Edmond Memorial and they are traveling to Deer Creek today through Saturday to compete in the Bruce Grey Invitational.
Mustang News staff reports,
Members of the Canadian County Multi-Agency Special Operations Team gathered Jan. 14 for a special recognition luncheon. The special event, hosted by the Yukon Police Department and attended by the agency heads of the four county law enforcement agencies that make up the Special Operations Team, was to recognize Lt. Kirk Dickerson of the Mustang Police Department.
Dickerson, who for the past 12 years has served as the unit commander, will be leaving the specialized unit due to increased responsibilities with his primary assignment at the Mustang Police Department. Dickerson, who first joined the Special Operations Team in April of 1999, served in various capacities including team member (rifleman) and team leader before being named to the team commander position in 2002.
Dickerson, who has been with the Mustang Police Department since August 1995, is leaving the Special Operations Team in order to pursue other career opportunities at the police department, and acknowledged leaving the team wasn’t an easy decision to make.
“This is a bittersweet moment for me. I’ve spent the majority of my time with Mustang Police Department as a member and commander of the county’s Special Operations Team, and now I’m stepping down in hopes of attaining other career goals and opportunities at the police department,” said Dickerson.
Dickerson said that he considered leading the team comprised of sheriff’s deputies and police officers from Yukon, Mustang and El Reno police departments to have been a dream come true, and stated that it had been a tremendous honor to serve both on the team and with the professionals who make up the team.
During the event, Dickerson was presented with a plaque from the agency heads recognizing his contributions to the team. Additionally, the Special Operations Team members presented Dickerson with a .45 caliber Glock semi-automatic pistol in appreciation of his years of service.
“None of the team’s successes would have been possible if it hadn’t been for the dedication and commitment of the team members or the support from the agency heads involved. It’s been an honor to serve all the communities of Canadian County as the team commander,” said Dickerson
Agency heads in attendance were Canadian County Sheriff Randall Edwards, and Police Chiefs John Corn, Chuck Foley and Kendall Brown of Yukon, Mustang and El Reno police departments, respectively.
“I can’t begin to express how much I appreciate the leadership and professionalism Lt. Dickerson has provided the county’s Tactical Team during his tenure as commander,” said Edwards.
By Sports editor, Kyle Salomon
Mustang had two grapplers place in the Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference Tournament last weekend at Southmoore High School.
Senior 182-pounder Zach Butler and senior 195-pounder Kaden Truelove were lone placers in the two-day event. Butler took second place in his weight class, while Truelove grabbed fourth place.
On Jan. 15, the Mustang wrestlers traveled to Putnam City North to take on the Panthers in a district dual. The Broncos won the dual by a score of 49-21, winning 10 of the 14 matches. Mustang won six of those 10 matches with pins, while the Broncos were pinned three times by PC North.
“I thought we came out tonight and took care of business,” Mustang coach Will Allen said. “Putnam City North is traditionally a strong team, so I’m proud of the guys for the way they came in and performed. We need to keep improving and getting stronger as we head into the stretch run of our season.”
In the 106-pound weight class, Mustang’s Joe Lupton defeated his opponent by a score of 7-2 in three rounds. In the 113-pound weight division, the Broncos’ Jason Clark won by a forfeit, and in the 120-pound weight bout, MHS’ Kerry McNeal defeated the PC North 120-pounder in a third-round pin.
In the 126-pound weight match, MHS’ Corbin Hardin fell to his opponent 8-3 in three rounds on the mat. In the 132-pound weight battle, Mustang’s Trey Edwards crushed his competitor from Putnam City North 18-1, as he went on to win by a technical pin. In the 138-pound weight class, the Broncos’ Colton Franks pinned his Panther opponent in the second round.
In the 145-pound weight division, the Broncos’ Gage McBride defeated his PC North counterpart with a second-round pin. In the 152-pound weight class, MHS’ Wyatt Riggs was pinned in the first round by the 152-pounder from Putnam City North, and in the 160-pound weight bout, Mustang’s Fazon Denby came back to defeat his opponent 3-2 in a tough three-round battle.
In the 170-pound weight class, Mustang’s Ryan Dickson was pinned in the second round by his opponent. In the 182-pound weight match, MHS’ Zach Butler defeated his PCN counterpart 10-4 in three rounds, and in the 195-pound weight clash, the Broncos’ Kaden Truelove was pinned in the second round by the 195-pounder from Putnam City North.
In the 220-pound weight division, MHS’ Austin Brown pinned his Panther opponent in the first round, and in the 285-pound weight class, Mustang’s Trey Cossey got the first pin of his young career in the second round of his bout with the heavyweight from Putnam City North.
The first dual of the week last week didn’t go quite as well for the Mustang wrestling team. The Broncos hosted rival Yukon on Jan. 13, with the Millers winning the dual by a score of 58-12.
Mustang will be back in action at 1 p.m. today in the District Duals at Southmoore High School, and then Friday and Saturday, the Broncos are competing in the Owasso Dual Tournament.
Mustang News staff reports,
The Central Oklahoma Water Resources Authority Friday set in motion plans to drill two test wells for brackish water.
Board members heard from engineer Carl Strickey, who said two of four locations considered would be drilled in search of a brackish water supply.
The sites to be drilled are located five and 15 miles, respectively, west of the Canadian and Oklahoma County borders, Strickey said.
The drilling of the test wells will cost COWRA member cities no more than $400,000 total, with Yukon and Mustang paying the most. COWRA will add $25,000 from its budget to the project.
Strickey said he will wait to hear back from in-state bidders and will give them until Jan. 30 to respond. If Oklahoma firms don’t respond before that deadline, COWRA will conduct a special meeting to approve moving in another direction.
In other business, COWRA heard a presentation from consultant Shawn Leopard regarding a proposed piece of legislation by Sen. Ron Justice. The proposal relates to environment and natural resources and the disposal of liquid waste and disposal through injection wells.
The proposed Senate bill is an amendment to existing legislation that would assess a fee of $50,000 per year per well. For a class five well like what is being looked at with COWRA, the amendment reduces the fees to a maximum of $5,000.
By Sports editor, Kyle Salomon
The Mustang swim teams competed in the Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference on Jan. 15 in Edmond.
The girls squad took sixth place overall out of 11 teams, and the boys team captured ninth overall out of 12 teams.
In the girls meet, Edmond North took first place, with Norman North taking the top spot on the boys side of the pool.
Here are the individual results from the event:
In the girls 200-yard medley relay, Mustang took seventh place with a time of 2:10.83. Brandi Naeher, Mazie Garza, Lauren Oliver and Samantha Jones made up the team.
In the boys 200-yard medley relay, the Broncos grabbed seventh place with a time of 1:56.51. Drake Stowe, Minh Nguyen, Chandler McDonald and Zach McSwain made up the squad for MHS.
In the girls 200-yard freestyle race, Hannah Kertzner took 15th with a time of 2:18.87, Ryhan Deuel grabbed 18th with a time of 2:29.07, Gabby Rhodes finished in 25th place with a time of 2:57.52 and Alexandra Cox took 26th place with a time of 2:59.09.
In the boys 200-yard freestyle event, Matt Sellon took 14th with a time of 2:05.66, Lane Brown took 21st with a time of 2:20.63, Max Mayfield finished in 24th with a time of 2:31.16 and Zachary Boyanton placed 25th with a time of 2:31.91.
In the girls 200-yard individual medley, Victoria Cox took 25th with a time of 3:24.89, Zoe Mills captured 26th with a time of 3:30.34 and Cassidy Trail placed 29th with a time of 3:45.04.
In the boys 200-yard individual medley, Minh Nguyen placed 12th with a time of 2:19.63, Cullen Quinn finished 18th with a time of 2:37.29 and Colton Cooper placed 21st with a time of 3:01.13.
In the girls 50-yard freestyle race, Samantha Jones grabbed fourth with a time of 26.54, Brandi Naeher placed 26th with a time of 31.19, Hope Eirwin placed 27th with a time of 31.52 and Morgan Shirk took 28th with a time of 32.10.
In the boys 50-yard freestyle race, Zach McSwain placed 26th with a time of 26.50, Robert Coulter took 30th with a time of 26.95 and Christian Langdon took 41st with a time of 33.09.
In the girls 100-yard butterfly, Lauren Oliver placed sixth with a time of 1:05.17 and Summer Chrismon took 16th with a time of 1:15.47.
In the boys 100-yard butterfly stroke, Matt Sellon grabbed 13th overall with a time of 1:02.49, Chandler McDonald placed 17th with a time of 1:06.89 and Zackary Boyanton placed 20th with a time of 1:13.10.
In the girls 100-yard freestyle, Samantha Jones placed eighth with a time of 1:01.09, Mazie Garza placed 16th with a time of 1:05.93, Rachel Snodgrass took 26th with a time of 1:13.98 and Katrina Bearce placed 29th with a time of 1:14.64.
In the boys 100-yard freestyle, Robert Coulter placed 21st with a time of 59.73, Tucker Legg took 22nd with a time of 59.77, Jacob Hesser placed 26th with a time of 1:01.56 and Christian Langdon took 40th with a time of 1:08.14.
In the girls 500-yard freestyle, Hannah Kertzner took 14th with a time 6:13.89, Ryhan Deuel grabbed 16th with a time of 6:43.09, Rachel Snodgrass captured 22nd place with a time of 7:45.44 and Emma Downing placed 23rd with a time of 8:27.02.
In the boys 500-yard freestyle race, Drake Stowe took 15th place with a time of 6:23.30 and Max Mayfield grabbed 16th with a time of 7:16.41.
In the girls 200-yard freestyle relay, Mustang grabbed fourth place with a time of 1:53.77. Lauren Oliver, Summer Chrismon, Hannah Kertzner and Samantha Jones made up the team.
In the boys 200-yard freestyle relay, the Broncos took seventh place with a time of 1:44.64. Matt Sellon, Tucker Legg, Robert Coulter and Chandler McDonald made up the squad.
In the girls 100-yard backstroke, Brandi Naeher placed 23rd with a time of 1:19.55 and Gabby Rhodes took 26th with a time of 1:27.05.
In the boys 100-yard backstroke, Minh Nguyen placed 10th with a time of 103.70, Drake Stowe placed 13th with a time of 1:08.09, Tucker Legg grabbed 17th with a time of 1:10.97 and Jacob Hesser finished in 19th place with a time 1:13.47.
In the girls 100-yard breaststroke, Lauren Oliver took seventh place with a time of 1:17.34, Mazie Garza grabbed 14th place with a time of 1:24.66, Emma Downing placed 24th with a time of 1:33.15 and Morgan Shirk placed 29th with a time of 1:37.72.
In the boys 100-yard breaststroke, Zach McSwain placed 16th with a time of 1:14.52, Chandler McDonald took 17th with a time of 1:17.14, Cullen Quinn placed 18th with a time of 1:17.44 and Victor Castaneda took 22nd with a time of 1:22.58.
In the girls 400-yard freestyle relay, the Lady Broncos placed seventh with a time of 4:29.61. Mazie Garza, Ryhan Deuel, Summer Chrismon and Hannah Kertzner made up the team.
In the boys 400-yard freestyle relay race, the Broncos took 10th place with a time of 3:52.96. Drake Stowe, Robert Coulter, Minh Nguyen and Matt Sellon made up the squad.
By Matt Montgomery
The Mustang Police Department recently released its 2014 yearly incidents report breakdown, showing drug and alcohol incidents topped the list.
There were a total of 317 drug and alcohol incidents in Mustang. Of that number, 146 were either possession of a controlled dangerous substance, larceny of a CDS or paraphernalia. However, there were more alcohol incidents, totaling 171. Those incidents ranged from DUIs to furnishing to a minor.
Late last year, the Mustang Police Department received a $25,000 grant from the highway safety administration in an effort to minimize impaired driving. In October, 2014, the Mustang Police Department increased its staff for nighttime and weekend patrols, netting a total of 59 DUIs, nine DUI-Drugs and 65 public intoxication incidents.
Not far behind drug and alcohol offenses were incidents which were theft-related. There were a total of 291 theft-related incidents in Mustang last year. Most of which were marked down as larcenies. There were a total of 122 larcenies, ranging from retail larcenies, larcenies of homes, cars, some over $500 and some under $500. There were a total of three robberies, nine first-degree burglaries and 40 second-degree burglaries.
Violent-related incidents were third on the list. There were a total of 128 violent type offenses. Three kidnappings, three first-degree rapes, two sodomies and three sexual batteries were reported. There were also several other sexual related incidents, including nine counts of lewd acts with a minor, two counts of lewd proposal and one count of sexual abuse by a caretaker. Topping the list were assault and batteries, with 55 incidents of non-aggressive assault and battery, two assault and batteries on a police officer, 15 aggressive assault and batteries and nine assault and batteries with a deadly weapon.
By Matt Montgomery
The Mustang school board approved a schematic design provided by MA+ Architecture for a storm shelter to be installed at the Mustang Education Center.
The vote was unanimous. The school board had only a couple of questions for MA+ Architecture representatives and they were clerical in nature.
Questions were asked regarding the shelter’s capacity and rating. Heath Tate, an architect with MA+, told school board members the shelter will house about 250 students. He said that number was based on the ICC 500 Storm Shelter Building Code requirements, based on the FEMA 361 guidelines.
The school board also inquired what rating the shelter provides. In the case of a tornado, boasting 250 mph winds, the shelter will hold up against winds and hail at that speed.
“The shelter will be designed for ground wind speeds up to 250 mph in accordance with FEMA 361 and ICC 500,” Tate said. “These are the maximum expected ground wind speeds even from an F5 tornado and is the recommended design wind speed for tornado shelters.”
It wasn’t specified if the walls of the shelter will protect students against debris such as flying trees, cars and other various objects known to take flight during a tornado. An EF-5 tornado, such as the ones which killed residents near El Reno and Moore in 2013, produce winds of more than 250 mph.
By approving this discussion item, the Mustang school board accepts MA+ Architects’ design and agrees for them to move forward with the design development phase for the storm shelter. It wasn’t specified as to when the shelter will be installed.
Mustang Schools Superintendent Sean McDaniel, PhD, said the school board is committed to putting shelters in Mustang schools.
“Our Board is committed to the construction of shelters for every school in the district that is built from this point forward,” he said. ”Our newest schools; Prairie View and Canyon Ridge, were constructed with FEMA rated shelters inside of the school. We are assessing our HS now to determine the best method to fortify areas inside the school.”
He also added how the school district has allocated bond money from its most recent bond election.
“The recent bond election called for $1 million to go toward storm shelter construction at the MEC and the HS campuses,” McDaniel said. “We are projecting roughly 40 percent of that going toward the MEC and 60 percent toward fortification of the HS campus. We anticipate completion of both projects sometime next school year.”
There is an old saying in football that if you can run the football and stop the other team from running the ball, you have a great chance to win the game.
Now, that theory still holds true. If you let a team run all over you, it will make for a long day on the gridiron, and if you can run the ball on offense, you improve your chances of winning even more.
However, football in the modern era has changed completely and the position of quarterback is more important than it ever has been in the game’s history.
Simply put, if you have a championship-level quarterback, your chances of competing for and winning a championship sky-rocket.
Am I talking about an all-star quarterback? No. Just because a quarterback can put up numbers doesn’t mean they are championship level. Can an all-star quarterback be a championship-level QB? Absolutely, it’s not just a requirement.
This applies to every level of football, not just the college or professional levels.
For example, look right here in Mustang. Would the Broncos have been the team they were in the fall of 2014 without Chandler Garrett under center? Absolutely not. The Broncos would have been a good team, but a semifinal team? I doubt it.
Another example, look at the Oklahoma Sooners. The 2014 season was supposed to be a special one for Bob Stoops and his Sooners. They were favorites to contend for a national title last year, but instead, it turned out to be one of the most disappointing in program history.
There is no doubt that Oklahoma had many issues across the board this season, but the most glaring problem with the Sooners in 2014 was at the quarterback position. Trevor Knight was supposed to be a Heisman contending style of quarterback following his superman performance against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, but he turned out to be an average player at best.
Another prime example for what having a game-changer at quarterback can do for a football team is the Oklahoma State Cowboys. For the majority of the season, OSU went with Daxx Garman under center after J.W. Walsh was injured for the season early in the year. Garman had some bright spots throughout the year, but for the most part, he struggled in the Cowboys’ offense.
Garman was dinged up late in the season, forcing Mike Gundy to pull the redshirt off Mason Rudolph. Rudolph had a good game at Baylor and then shocked the nation by taking the ‘Pokes into Norman and stunning the Sooners in Bedlam. Rudolph then led OSU into the Cactus Bowl and upset Washington to give Oklahoma State a winning record at 7-6.
The Rudolph effect to end the season not only turned what was a disappointing year into a solid season, but gives the Cowboys a lot of momentum heading into the offseason. It also very well could have kept Mike Gundy in Stillwater. Many people believed the beleaguered Oklahoma State coach was going to leave, but after the way the season ended, he decided to stay in Stilly.
On the professional level, when it comes to all-star quarterbacks who aren’t championship-level, you have to first go with Tony Romo. The longtime Cowboys signal caller is one of the most talented QBs in all of football, but his lack of ability to make plays when his team needs it the most has defined his career.
On the other hand, you look at a guy like Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks. Wilson is an absolute winner. He doesn’t have near the talent Romo has, but he has the championship-level ability to make a play in a clutch situation that will put his team over the top in a close game.
There are a lot of talented football players and football teams out there at the high school, collegiate and professional levels, but if recent history has taught us anything at all about the game of football, if you don’t have the quarterback, you aren’t going anywhere.