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Broncos turn eyes to Stillwater in home opener Friday

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Now that the hype from the Mustang-Yukon game has died down, the Broncos turn their attention to the Stillwater Pioneers as they prepare for the home opener at Bronco Stadium.

Mustang hosts Stillwater at 7 p.m. Friday night in game two of the season.

“We are looking forward to a great football team coming in here Friday night,” Mustang head coach Jeremy Dombek said. “They are very well-coached and very talented. They play hard and smart, so we will have to play well on Friday.”website commentary new.qxd

Like the Broncos, the Pioneers earned a victory in week one, as they knocked off Deer Creek at home 40-27 despite an hour-and-a-half lightning delay. Mustang took care of its rival Yukon 41-14 in the first week.

Stillwater is coached by Tucker Barnard. Mustang has had its way with the Pioneers over the past several seasons. Last year, the Broncos handled Stillwater on the road 49-26, and the season before put a beat-down on the Pioneers 33-14 at Bronco Stadium.

“As a team, we have put the Yukon game behind us now,” Dombek said. “Our season did not begin and end with that game. Whether we would have won or lost, we still would have had the same mindset going forward. We are definitely pleased with how we played, but we are focused on the future and on Friday night against Stillwater now.”

The Stillwater player to watch will be senior Brandon Prather. Prather is 6 feet, 160 pounds and plays almost every skill position on the field for the Pioneers.

“Prather is going to be a player we have to key on Friday night,” Dombek said. “They use him in a variety of ways. They do a great job of getting him the football and allow him to make plays in space. Their quarterback does a great job of running their offense and the defense is a very solid group as well. They will not beat themselves.”

Mustang throttles Yukon on gridiron in season opener

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Last year at this time, the Mustang football team was licking the wounds it received at the hands of Yukon in the season opener against the Millers, which they lost 19-16 in overtime.

What a difference a year makes.

The Broncos got their revenge on their county rival last Friday evening with a 41-14 beat-down of Yukon to start the 2014 season 1-0.website commentary new.qxd

“I couldn’t be more pleased with how we started,” Mustang head coach Jeremy Dombek said. “We still left some points out on the field, but I thought we played really well overall. I was really happy with our special teams. We haven’t been able to get a lot of live action with our special teams, so for them to play mistake-free football was great to see.”

Mustang outgained the Millers in total yards, 538 to 206 in the game. The Broncos rushed for 261 yards in the contest and had 277 yards through the air. Yukon finished with 34 rush yards and 172 pass yards against the MHS defense.

The Broncos had 21 total first downs in the contest, while the Millers had 12. Mustang committed zero turnovers against YHS, while Yukon had one interception on the night, which was made by Bronco sophomore defensive back Carter Rees.Defense Crush

Mustang was penalized nine times in the game for 60 yards, and Yukon was flagged seven times for 60 yards.

MHS senior running back Chase Brown stole the show on the stat board for the Broncos as the 5-foot-9 175-pounder rushed for 173 yards on 16 carries, including an 82-yard scamper up the middle of the Miller defense, which gave Mustang its first touchdown of the season. Brown also did damage receiving the football, as he had 15 yards and a touchdown in the air.

Brown said he was glad he could help his team beat their rival.

“It’s the best rivalry in the state obviously,” Brown said. “It’s nasty, it’s awesome. I love it. It means everything for the seniors because we worked our butts off. The offensive line was great tonight. It was all them. They opened up huge holes for me all night. Nobody was catching me. That was awesome. Shout out to the corps.”

Bronco junior quarterback Chandler Garrett also had a big night in the opener against Yukon. The 6-foot-4 215-pound QB had 277 yards passing with two touchdowns on 19 completions out of 24 attempts in the contest.

Senior receiver David Parker was responsible for two of the five Mustang touchdowns, scoring one through the air and one on the ground. The first of the two was on a 59-yard reception from Garrett. Parker beat the Yukon cornerback and safety and created separation for the long-scoring play. The second came on an end-a-round hand-off from 8 yards out.

Mustang senior place-kicker Josh Vannoy made his mark on the outcome of the game as the strong-legged kicker was 2-for-2 in field goals on the night. The first was a 28-yard make and the second was an 18-yarder that sailed through the uprights.

The telling stat of the domination in the game was the total yards at halftime from both teams. The Broncos had a 27-0 halftime lead on the Millers and had 338 total yards compared to Yukon’s 19.

Softball rolls through OU Tournament

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Mustang softball is sitting at 18-3 through the first 21 games of the 2014 season, but head coach Bryan Howard said he is focused on keeping his team from getting complacent.

“Sometimes when you are having success and winning a lot of games, you have a tendency to get a little complacent,” Howard said. “We certainly are pleased with how we have played up to this point in the season, but there is a long way to go, and we need to stay sharp and understand we have a lot of things we can improve on going forward.”website commentary new.qxd

The Lady Broncos had a record of 5-0 last week. They defeated Putnam City West on Sept. 2 at home by a score of 18-0 in three innings. They then played in the OU Softball Tournament in Norman Sept. 4 and 5, where they won all four of their games.

“We saw some pretty good competition in the OU tournament,” Howard said. “We would have liked to have gotten the last day in, but I was pleased with how we played overall throughout the weekend. We got up early on Purcell, and I think we got a little tired.”

The final day of the tournament was supposed to be Saturday, but Mother Nature had other ideas as heavy rain didn’t allow the final games to be played.

Mustang defeated Lawton MacArthur 10-2 in its first game of the OU tourney. They then put a beat-down on Cache 11-0. In the third game, the Bronco girls took down Jenks 8-0, and in their fourth and final game of the event, MHS beat Purcell 5-2.

Senior Jayden Chestnut started in the circle against Cache, Jenks and Purcell and got the win in all three contests. Chestnut pitched the final inning of the Lawton MacArthur game as well.

Freshman Kylie Dodson usually gives Chestnut a rest and pitches for the Lady Broncos, but Dodson was suffering with an illness and was unable to play throughout the weekend.

“Jayden pitched really well for us last weekend,” Howard said. “Kylie was out sick and she stepped up and pitched in every game for us. She did a great job.”

Howard said he is getting some good play from both his veteran players and his young players.

“Our offense is really clicking for us right now,” Howard said. “Our quality at bats are really good right now. Freshman Audri Morrison is playing really well for us. Junior Lexi Vargas is having a great season for us. Freshman third baseman Karis Clark is playing really good defense for us and senior shortstop Caisey Jones is playing well defensively and has been solid at the plate recently.”

The Lady Broncos traveled to Edmond North on Monday evening for a road conference matchup with the Huskies, and they host Choctaw at 6:30 p.m. tonight in a home district game with the Yellowjackets.

OU flattens Tulsa, preps for Tennessee

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In families, sometimes the big brother has to remind the baby brother just who the boss is of the group.

Last Saturday morning in Tulsa, the Oklahoma Sooners did just that with their in-state baby brother, the TU Golden Hurricane.website commentary new.qxd

OU handled Tulsa 52-7, improving to 2-0 on the young season and dropping the Hurricane to 1-1. The Sooners didn’t waste any time showing the TU squad who’s boss in this state, as they took the opening possession and went down the field, scoring a touchdown in 53 seconds.

“I’m really pleased with the overall play of our team,” Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops said after the game. “I really believe Tulsa is getting ready for a really good year. These guys do a great job over here, Coach Blankenship and his staff. I thought Dane Evans (TU quarterback) is a good player. He’s going to make a difference for them this year. I’m really pleased with the overall play of our team.”

Oklahoma’s offense racked up a total of 580 yards in the game, while allowing 328 to the Golden Hurricane. The Sooners rushed for 261 yards and passed for 319. TU rushed for 94 yards and passed for 234.

OU committed no turnovers in the contest, while Tulsa committed four in the game. They had three interceptions and one fumble against the Sooner D. Oklahoma committed five penalties for 60 yards and TU committed six penalties for 62 yards on the day.

Oklahoma sophomore running back and Tulsa native Alex Ross had a big day in his return home. Ross rushed for 90 yards and five carries and an 82-yard touchdown scamper.

Fellow OU sophomore running back Keith Ford had 87 yards on 10 carries and two touchdowns. Sophomore quarterback Trevor Knight had 46 yards and one touchdown on five carries, and freshman running back Samaje Perine had 34 yards on 10 carries.

Knight was sufficient through the air as well for the Sooners, amassing 299 yards and two touchdowns on 21 completions out of 34 attempts.

OU junior Sterling Shepard had his best receiving performance as a Sooner, catching eight passes for 177 yards and one touchdown. Fellow junior Durron Neal had six catches for 70 yards. Redshirt freshman receiver K.J. Young had three receptions for 18 yards. Freshman fullback Dimitri Flowers had two catches for 24 yards, and senior tight end Blake Bell had two catches for 10 yards.

Senior place-kicker Michael Hunnicutt was again solid as he was 1-for-1 in field goal opportunities, making a 38-yarder.

Oklahoma junior linebacker Eric Striker led the way in tackles for the Sooners, with eight tackles on the day. Senior linebacker Caleb Gastelum had another impressive performance off the bench for OU, earning eight tackles, and sophomore linebacker Dominique Alexander had seven tackles in the game.

Gastelum, senior linebacker Geneo Grissom and sophomore cornerback Zack Sanchez all had an interception in the contest. Junior defensive tackle Jordan Phillips had a fumble recovery for Oklahoma.

Following the game in the locker room, Stoops awarded Gastelum with the game ball and a scholarship.

Sooners gear up for Tennessee

Oklahoma will play its final non-conference game of the season at 7 p.m. Saturday night at the Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium against Tennessee. The game will be aired by ABC and televised nationally.

The Volunteers come into the game undefeated at 2-0 on the season. They took down Utah State in week one 38-7, and then defeated Arkansas State 34-19 in week two.

UT comes into the game with Oklahoma averaging 36 points per game and allowing opponents 13 points per contest.

The Volunteers have amassed 47 first downs and allowed 26 first downs to their opponents. Tennessee is averaging 399 yards per game and allowing 287.5 yards per game.

UT is averaging 139 rush yards per contest and allowing 120.5 rush yards to their opponents. The Vols are averaging 260 yards through the air and opponents are picking up 167 pass yards on average.

Tennessee has committed one turnover this season on an interception and forced four turnovers on their opponents.

Their leading rusher so far this season is Jalen Hurd. Hurd has 34 carries for 118 yards and one touchdown. Justin Worley leads the passing department for Tennessee with 520 yards through the air on 49 completions out of 76 attempts, with five touchdowns and one interception.

Pig Howard is their leading receiver with nine receptions on the year for 67 yards. A.J. Johnson is the leading tackler on the Volunteer defense with 18 on the season.

Cooper comes full circle in football career

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Eight years ago, Josh Cooper was wowing Mustang nation with highlight-reel football plays all over the field for the Broncos.

Eight years later, Mustang’s prodigal son has returned to the Bronco football program, but this time on the sidelines as a coach helping young Bronco football players try and achieve the same goals Cooper achieved throughout his playing career.website commentary new.qxd

The former Mustang and Oklahoma State star receiver injured his back just before training camp with the Minnesota Vikings in July and was cut from the roster. Cooper decided it was time to take care of his body and start the next chapter of his life as he retired from playing football.

Cooper spent three years after his college days trying to make it work in the NFL. His first two seasons were with Cleveland and this would have been his third year in the league if Minnesota had worked out. He said his body was starting to break down.

“Once I hurt my back before training camp is when I knew it was time to stop playing,” Cooper said. “I was cut from Minnesota and I decided to hang it up. My body was and is in pain all the time, so I knew it was time. I was more so looking out for my body. I always wanted to play football as long as I could, but the desire and drive to play just isn’t there.”

Cooper said he always wanted to coach once he was done with playing, and there was one place he wanted to start his coaching career, his alma mater.

“I had heard they needed another coach here at Mustang,” Cooper said. “I called Coach Dombek and they were glad to have me and I was glad to be here. I’ve always wanted to coach when I was done with my playing career. I’ve always wanted to get on the other side of things and be a coach and I’m really glad to be here to do it. This is where I’ve always wanted to come and start my coaching career.”

Cooper’s coaching responsibilities will be in the receiving core and in the return game on special teams.

“I’m going to be working with the inside receivers quite a bit,” Cooper said. “Coach (John) Hannon is the receivers coach here, and he does a great job, so I just want to come in and help out as much as I can with whatever I can. I am working with the guys on the field instruction and punt return and kick return guys as well.”

This week will be the third full week Cooper has been on staff working with the team. He said he enjoys working with the players every day.

Cooper said he wants to build a coaching career and if possible stay at Mustang to help continue building the program.

“I would love to stay here and help this program continue to build in the right direction,” Cooper said. “I am not going to teach this year. I’m just going to be coaching football, but I would like to build a career in coaching.”

Cooper graduated from Mustang High School in 2007. He said the whole high school campus looks different than when he was in school, and he is looking forward to being a part of his first Mustang-Yukon game since he was on the field for the Broncos.

“I haven’t been able to come back and watch those games because I was always playing,” Cooper said. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to be a part of that again this Friday night. It’s going to be fun.”

Mustang-Yukon, more than just a game

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There are many great rivalries across the state of Oklahoma, but when it comes to Mustang versus Yukon, Mustang head football coach Jeremy Dombek says there is no comparison.

“You know, I’ve been a part of some really good rivalries in this state,” Dombek said. “I’ve been a part of the Moore wars between Moore and Westmoore and the Edlam rivalry between the Edmond schools, but there’s something a little different with the Mustang-Yukon rivalry. It goes a little deeper between these two schools and communities.”sg4xnwos copy

The annual Canadian County rivalry will continue its long-standing tradition at 7 p.m. Friday at Miller Stadium at Yukon High School.

Miller Stadium has a seating capacity of just less than 7,000, but there are expected to be close to 14,000 people in attendance for the game.Yukon Logo

Dombek hopes his second experience with Mustang-Yukon goes better than his first one did.

Last season, Mustang was widely considered across the state as the better of the two teams, but it was Yukon which came into Bronco Stadium and defeated Mustang in overtime 19-16.

“It hurt,” Dombek said. “The thing is, it’s not a make-or-break game for the season. We are in different districts and the winner and loser of that game is not better or worse off in terms of playoff position following the game, but it means a whole heck of a lot in our hearts. We remember last year’s game. We remember how it felt walking off the field. We don’t want to go through that again.”

The Millers are a different looking program than they were a year ago. Former Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Bill Young is now the head coach at Yukon, so the expectation to win is higher than ever north of I-40.Mustang Tower

Dombek said he expects to see a well-coached football team on Friday night.

“Coach Young is a fantastic football coach,” Dombek said. “We know they are going to be well-coached. They aren’t going to make mistakes. They aren’t going to beat themselves. They are going to play physical on both sides of the ball, and we have to be ready for it. They are going to be big and physical on the line of scrimmage. We know that.”

Dombek said no matter who wins or loses this game, there is still a lot of football left to be played.Yukon Tower

“Just look at last year,” Dombek said. “We lost that first game at home to Yukon and then we still were able to make the playoffs and make a quarterfinal run. We understand that this game will not make or break our season, but we want to win this game as much as any other game on our schedule, I guarantee that. We want to start the year off right.”

The annual Bronco Pigskin Preview was canceled on Aug. 28 because of inclement weather in the area, so Mustang has not had a lot of action against other opponents in the preseason.

Dombek said he is confident in his team and is eager to see them against someone else this Friday.

“We haven’t worked on special teams in a live situation yet,” Dombek said. “And as a team, we haven’t seen anyone else other than us very much at all, so we are ready for Friday night. We have had a great month of practice, and we are going to have a great week of practice this week. No matter what happens Friday night, win or lose, there will be things to correct going forward.”

OU runs over Louisiana Tech in opener

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NORMAN — Balance is something every offense in football tries to achieve every time they take the field.

On Saturday, the Oklahoma Sooners offense was about as balanced as an offense can get, especially considering it was game one of the season.website commentary new.qxd

The Sooners started the 2014 season last Saturday in Norman with a 48-16 win against Louisiana Tech.

“It was a good win today,” OU head coach Bob Stoops said after the game. “I am pleased with the overall effort of the team and how they played. I thought they really played well, in particular in the first half. I was really pleased with the number one defense when they were all out there together. They were really strong against the run, pressured the quarterback and all of those kinds of things.”

OU didn’t waste any time getting started on Saturday as the Oklahoma defense held the Bulldogs to a three-and-out in their first series, and then the Sooner offense went right down the field on its first possession, grabbing an early 7-0 lead.

Oklahoma continued the train rolling the rest of the first quarter as the Sooners put the ball in the end zone two more times to take a commanding 21-0 lead into the second quarter at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

The OU offense slowed down just a hair in the second frame with only one touchdown on the board combined with a Michael Hunnicutt field goal. Louisiana Tech was able to muster up a late-half drive and tack on a field goal of its own before halftime, making the score 31-3 Sooners at the intermission.

Oklahoma came out in the second half the same way they did in the first with a lot of intensity and quickness in their steps. OU went right down the field with its first possession of the third quarter and put the ball in the end zone.

The Sooner D stayed strong as some younger reserve players were starting to make their way onto the field as the game began to get out of hand. Oklahoma’s offense started to slow down at the end of the third frame as it was able to put one more field goal on the scoreboard, making the score 41-3 OU after three.

The fourth quarter was the only frame of the game that the Bulldogs were able to win against Oklahoma. With mostly reserves in the game for the Sooners, Louisiana Tech was able to put together two touchdown drives in the final quarter.

OU was able to score one more touchdown in the fourth quarter, making the final difference 32 points, which was six less than the original game line was at kickoff.

The Oklahoma offense gained a total of 436 yards in the game. The Sooners rushed for 183 yards and passed for 253 against Louisiana Tech. OU picked up a total of 26 first downs and two turnovers with three penalties for 34 yards in the game.

Freshman running back Samaje Perine had 13 carries for 77 yards and one touchdown in the game. Sophomore RB Keith Ford had nine carries for 51 yards and touchdowns. Sophomore Alex Ross had 11 carries for 36 yards and two touchdowns. and sophomore quarterback Trevor Knight had four carries for 20 yards.

Knight was 19 out of 34 passing the football for 253 yards, with one touchdown and one interception.

Ford was the leading receiver for the Sooners with four catches for 65 yards. Junior receiver Sterling Shepard had four catches for 49 yards and a touchdown. Redshirt freshman receiver K.J. Young had three catches for 41 yards. Freshman fullback Dimitri Flowers had three catches for 24 yards. Junior receiver Durron Neal had two catches for 42 yards, and Ross had two catches for 31 yards.

The Oklahoma defense allowed a total of 245 yards of offense to LTU. The Sooner D allowed 54 rushing yards and 191 passing. OU allowed 15 first downs and forced one turnover in the game. The Bulldogs had five penalties for 32 yards.

Senior linebacker Aaron Franklin led the Sooners in tackles with six on the night. Freshman cornerback Jordan Thomas had four tackles and sophomore defensive end Matt Dimon also had four. Sophomore cornerback Zack Sanchez had one interception on the night.

Hunnicutt was two-for-two in field goals in the game, making a 37- and 39-yarder.

In all-purpose yards, Ross led the way for OU with 147 yards. Ford was second with 116 and Shepard came in third with 86 yards.

Up next: At Tulsa

With game one in the books, the Sooners’ focus now shifts to the University of Tulsa at 11 a.m. Saturday.

The Golden Hurricane enters the game with Oklahoma as massive underdogs, but are 1-0 after a thrilling 38-31 comeback win against Tulane Aug. 28.

Tulsa is coached by Bill Blankenship, who is in his second year on the job for the Golden Hurricane.

The TU offense scored 38 points in its opener and amassed 30 total first downs, and allowed 31 points and 22 first downs.

Tulsa gained 592 total yards of offense with 154 of that coming as rush yards and 438 coming through the air. The Hurricane allowed 516 yards to Tulane, including 254 rushing and 262 passing. Both teams had two turnovers apiece in the game.

Tavarreo Dickerson is the leading rusher for Tulsa. Dickerson rushed for 86 yards on 15 carries against Tulane. Dane Evans will be under center for TU. Evans was 31-of-53 for 438 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions.

Keevan Lucas is the leading receiver for the Golden Hurricane with 13 receptions for 233 yards and three touchdowns in game one.

Trent Martin is the leading tackler for the Hurricane with 12 this season, and Demarco Nelson and Chris Hummingbird each have one turnover this year.

Glidden scores long touchdown in loss to Florida State

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ARLINGTON, TEXAS – While running his decoy routes at AT&T Stadium, Mustang native David Glidden quickly found out that he was running open, constantly beating his Florida State defender off the ball and his cuts.

“I would like to think I was beating him bad and we will see when we watch film. They are a man coverage team with a lot of athletes and that’s what they like to do, go up there mono e mono on you and that’s what they pride themselves on.

“We were ready for it and watch a lot of film on it. That’s what I was hoping for and that was what I was prepared for the entire game,” said Glidden.

So wide open at times that he came off the field in the second quarter of Oklahoma State’s 37-31 loss to the No.1 Seminoles tapping his chest in an effort to get someone’s attention.

“I really don’t know what to say about that. Sometimes things happen in a game where players get riled up and frustrated and you’ve got to go on and play the next play.

“It was one of those things where I got caught up in the moment of the game and you want your number to be called and go make the plays,” said Glidden.

As it turned out, the Cowboys coaches had been noticing.

After having only one pass thrown his direction in the first half, a rushed throw for quarterback J.W. Walsh which fell incomplete, Glidden emerged from the loss as the Cowboys leading receiver in yards.

He opened the Cowboys’ first possession of the second half with a 19-yard catch from Walsh  out to the OSU 43-yard line.

“It was a play action pass and J.W. put the ball on the money and the O-line did a great job of protecting on that play. I noticed that as I was running my route looking back at J.W. And he was sitting there in the pocket.

“It was an all-around effort there and when the guy puts the ball on the money, you’ve got to go up and catch it,” said Glidden.

Two plays later, Glidden found himself in the same situation, running wide open on a play action pass route – which would have even better results.

Glidden snagged a pass in stride from Walsh and raced untouched 55 yards for a touchdown with 10:45 left in the third period, closing the gap to 20-17 following Ben Grogan’s PAT.

“It was a simple play action pass and we have been running it ever since I got here. The O-line did a great job and Tyreek Hill did as well on the sell. He had been making plays all game and they had to respect him.

“J.W. put the ball on the money and that made it real easy for me,” said Glidden.

Almost too easy as Glidden ran the last 20 yards glancing over both shoulders for a possible Florida State tackler – which never appeared.

“I was surprised I was that wide open to be honest so I was just checking to make sure someone was not coming. It was a great thing to be that wide open, but I’m really not used to it,” said Glidden.

The touchdown ended a 14-game streak for Glidden without a scoring catch. His last touchdown grab, which was also the first of his career, came on Dec. 1, 2012, in a 41-34 loss at Baylor.

He would have his number called one more time in the game, but Walsh was flushed out of the pocket and threw behind a sliding Glidden with 3:19 left in the third quarter.

Glidden closed the game with two catches for 74 yards as part of the Cowboys 203-yard passing game against Florida State. That yardage was a career-high for Glidden, surpassing the 73 yards on six catches he had against Kansas last season.

His 55-yard touchdown catch was the longest of his career, passing the 39-yarder he had in the Kansas game.

Glidden grinned when asked if his effort against top-ranked Florida State was enough to move him into a starting position.

“I hope so, but I go in every day and just try and do my job and the best for the team and whatever Coach Dunn (Kasey) or Coach Yurcich (Mike) asks me to do. I just go in and try and execute the game plan,” said Glidden.

Softball run-rules Edmond North at home

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The Lady Broncos softball team finished last week with a 3-1 record, which has them sitting 11-3 overall as they inch closer to the midway point of the season.

Mustang defeated Lawton Ike on Aug. 25 at home in a double-header with two routs on the scoreboard. The Bronco girls won game one by a 10-1 score and game two 14-0 in five innings of play.website commentary new.qxd

Senior pitcher Jayden Chestnut pitched a perfect game in game two against Lawton Ike as she struck out 12 batters and didn’t allow a base runner in her five innings of work.

On Aug. 28, the Lady Broncos traveled down for a matchup with district foe Moore. The game was tied at zero going into the bottom of the sixth inning, but three Bronco errors led to two Moore runs, giving the Lions the lead and the victory 2-0 over Mustang.

“Moore was tough,” Mustang head coach Bryan Howard said. “But I thought our girls really competed, especially our younger players. That was big-game atmosphere, and our girls were ready to fight to win that game.”

Last Friday night the Lady Broncos returned home for another district game against Edmond North. The Lady Huskies have traditionally been one of the state’s powerhouses in softball, but the Bronco girls jumped on them early and continued the beat-down, as they went on to run-rule Edmond North 11-1 in six innings.

Against the Lady Huskies, Mustang came out swinging. The Lady Broncos offense had been held at bay the night before by Moore, but the Bronco girls put four runs on the board in the bottom half of the first inning, which would have been enough for Chestnut, but the offense kept it going for the remainder of the game.

Chestnut got the win in the circle for MHS, and Mustang got the much-needed home district win following the Thursday night loss.

“That was a great bounce-back win for us,” Howard said. “We showed a lot of heart coming back and playing the way we did against Edmond North.”

The Lady Broncos and Moore were neck-and-neck throughout the game. Chestnut was locked in a pitcher’s duel, and the Bronco offense was hitting the ball hard all night, but right at Moore fielders.

The Lions got the break they needed in the bottom half of the sixth inning when three Mustang errors gave way to two Moore runs, which would be all they would need as they held the Lady Broncos scoreless in the top half of seventh.

“Our QAB (quality at bats) were really good against Moore,” Howard said. “We just hit the ball right at them. Sometimes that’s the way it goes.”

Against Lawton Ike earlier last week, the Bronco girls were too powerful in the double-header sweep. Freshman pitcher Kylie Dodson was in the circle in game one. It was her first appearance in the circle in more than a week following a foot injury. Dodson got the W and Mustang cruised to a game one win.

Chestnut threw her second perfect game of the season for the Lady Broncos in game two against Lawton Ike. The hard-throwing right-hander fanned 12 batters in five innings of work in the circle.

The Bronco girls played host to Putnam City West on Tuesday night in another home district game. They open play today in the OU Softball Tournament in Norman. The tournament begins today and concludes Saturday.

“The OU tournament will be a great test for us,” Howard said. “It will be just as tough as the Broken Arrow tournament was. We scheduled this tournament because we wanted to see where we were 15 games into the season. We are further ahead of where I thought we’d be at this point. I like where we are right now.”

Cross country teams open season with Mustang Harrier

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Mustang cross country officially opened the 2014 season last Friday with the Mustang Harrier at Wild Horse Park.

The boys team took seventh place overall in the final team standings, with the girls squad finishing sixth in competition.

Deer Creek earned first-place honors in the boys race, while Bishop McGuinness nabbed the top placing on the girls side of the course.

The Lady Broncos had seven runners compete in the race ranging from fourth-place finishes to 44th place.

Kyra Fuller was the top Mustang placer for the girls, as she finished fourth overall with a time of 20:29.54. Aubrey Ruttman finished 20th overall with a time of 22:14.03, and Tyler Schwemley placed 26th overall with a time of 23:02.65.

Lauren Grisham took 31st place overall with a time of 23:27.35. Jewel Thompson finished 33rd overall with a time of 23:40.55. Halle Hannon placed 38th overall with a time of 25:41.85, and Kaylyn Brooks took 44th place overall with a time of 25:12.60.

Edmond North’s Jaci Smith finished in first place overall with a time of 19:23.92.

Behind Bishop McGuinness in the final team places were Elgin in second place, Edmond North in third, Deer Creek in fourth place, Edmond Memorial in fifth, Mustang in sixth place, U.S. Grant in seventh and Capitol Hill in eighth place.

The Bronco boys had seven competitors in the event last Friday with finishes that ranged from second overall to 64th place.

Lance Frost took the top spot for the Broncos with a second-place finish overall with a time of 17:01.11. Skyler Wade placed 21st overall with a time of 18:29.44, and Mark Drexel took 24th place overall with a time of 18:47.96.

Cameron Mills finished in 52nd place overall with a time of 20:35.83. Chris Chestnut placed 55th overall with a time of 20:49.99. Gregory Van Aken took 59th place overall with a time of 21:12.51, and Cameron Gausmen placed 64th overall with a time of 22:00.30.

Deer Creek’s Bryce Balenseifen took first place on the boys side with a time of 16:15.97.

Rounding out the final team standings for the boys race was Edmond Memorial in second place, Edmond North in third, U.S. Grant in fourth place, Bishop McGuinness in fifth, Capitol Hill in sixth place and Mustang in seventh.

The Bronco harriers will have two events this weekend. On Friday, Mustang will take on Yukon in a scrimmage-style race in honor of the Mustang-Yukon football game Friday night. The race will take place Friday afternoon at Wild Horse Park.

On Saturday morning, the Broncos will compete and help with the Western Days Stampede at Bronco Stadium.