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Broncos leery of “trap” game with Southmoore

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Mustang will face the definition of a “trap” game at 7 p.m. Friday when the Broncos host Southmoore at Bronco Stadium.

The Sabercats come into the game with a 1-5 record and a 1-2 mark in district play and are coached by Jeremy Stark. The Broncos are sitting at 5-1 and 3-0 in the district through six games.website commentary new.qxd

Even though Southmoore has a poor record, they have given good teams tough games this season. The Sabercats took on Edmond Memorial in week one and fell to the Bulldogs 20-0. In week two, they fell to Westmoore 20-7. In their third game they dropped a close contest at Edmond Santa Fe 34-28.

“We fully expect a battle on Friday night,” Mustang coach Jeremy Dombek said. “They are a good, talented, well-coached football team. They have given some really good teams tough times this year, so we know they will be ready to play.”

Southmoore got its first victory of the year in week four against Moore with a 41-26 win. They dropped their fifth game of the season with a 13-9 loss to second-ranked Owasso, and last week they stayed close with top-ranked Tulsa Union through the first half, but allowed the Redskins to pull away in the second half to lose 51-21.

“Anytime you can play Owasso within four points at their place and be neck-and-neck with Union through the first half, you have a chance to compete with anyone on any night,” Dombek said. “We are definitely not looking ahead to the next few weeks. Southmoore has our full attention.”

The Sabercats are averaging 17 points per game this season, while averaging 256.6 total yards per game. They are averaging 162.8 rushing yards per contest and 93.8 passing yards.

Defensively, SM is giving up 22.6 points per game and allowing 319.8 yards per game on average. Teams are rushing for 162 yards per contest on the Sabercats and passing for 157.8 yards.

Mustang comes into the matchup with Southmoore after defeating Yukon 41-14 in week one, falling to Stillwater 35-26 in week two, taking out Edmond Memorial 57-37 in week three, beating Edmond Memorial 34-20 in week four, throttling Putnam City North 46-0 in week five and coming back to defeat Norman North 41-27 last week.

The Broncos are averaging 40.5 points per game this year, while averaging 491.3 total yards per contest. Mustang is rushing for an average of 229.5 yards per game and passing for an average of 261.8 yards per contest.

MHS is allowing 22.5 points per game this season, while allowing opponents 311.5 total yards per game, including 121.7 rush yards and 189.8 pass yards per game.

“I like the way we are playing right now,” Dombek said. “But we have to keep improving. We got off to a bad start last week, so we need to be better coming out of the gate. I think our balance offensively is good right now, and we are getting good play out of our defense. But we can still be a lot better.”

Broncos overcome slow start against Norman North, win by two touchdowns

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For the first 12 minutes of the game last week, it looked like Norman North was going to have an easy time against Mustang, but the Broncos had different plans the next three quarters.

Mustang improved to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in district play with a 41-27 victory at Norman North on Oct. 9. The Timberwolves fell to 2-5 overall and 0-3 in the district with the loss, making it their fourth defeat in a row.website commentary new.qxd

It looked like the game was going to go in favor of Norman North in the first quarter, as the T-wolves took their first three drives of the game for touchdowns against the Bronco defense. Mustang was able to muster one score in the opening frame on a 48-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Chandler Garrett to junior receiver Dylan Doran.

However, that’s all MHS would get as NN led 20-7 after one quarter of play.

The Broncos turned the tide in the second quarter as they put 21 points on the scoreboard compared to Norman North’s zero.

One of the three touchdowns scored in the second frame came on an interception and return for a score by senior linebacker Cutter Smith, who has battled injuries this season.

Mustang led 28-20 at halftime.

“We settled down and started playing,” Mustang coach Jeremy Dombek said. “We’re capable of playing that well. You look at us out there and see Norman North just towering over us. All our guys look like they’re about 5-10 and 180 pounds. But we’re strong and we’re fast.”

Neither team put a point on the board in the third quarter, as both defenses were stout against the high-powered offenses. Both teams got on the scoreboard in the fourth and final quarter of the game, as the Broncos put up 13 points compared to Norman North’s seven.

“We came out flat again,” Dombek said. “All but one game this year, we’ve started like that. I don’t know what it is. Maybe we need to have a little more fun with the guys so they’ll come out and loosen up early.”

Mustang finished the game with 17 total first downs offensively and 313 total offensive yards. The Broncos rushed for 165 yards and passed for 148 yards in the contest. They had zero turnovers, but had 10 penalties for 51 yards.

Garrett finished the night with 148 yards passing on 14 completions out of 28 attempts. The junior QB had two passing touchdowns and one rushing in the game.

Senior running back Chase Brown carried the ball 28 times for 193 yards and three touchdowns against the Timberwolves.

Senior receiver David Parker joined Doran with a touchdown catch of his own that went 65 yards in the fourth quarter, sealing the win for MHS.

Sophomore defensive back Carter Rees had two interceptions in the game for Mustang.

The Bronco defense allowed Norman North 16 first downs in the game, while allowing 392 yards of total offense. The T-wolves rushed for 150 yards and passed for 242 yards. NN had two turnovers and were penalized seven times for 56 yards.

Lady Broncos win regional title on home turf

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In high school softball, regional tournaments can always be a scary couple of days for teams that are expected to make it to the state tournament.

A lot of host teams that are favored to win their regional get upset by a team that is playing well or a team that gets the ball to bounce its way in close games.website commentary new.qxd

The Lady Broncos softball team did not allow those things to happen last week as they won all three of their regional games to capture a regional championship on their home field.

“I thought we played really well as a team,” Mustang coach Bryan Howard said. “We got really good pitching performances out of Jayden (Chestnut) and Kylie (Dodson). Our defense was really solid. I thought we took awhile to get going offensively in all three games, but we got timely hits when we needed them.”

Mustang played its regional tournament  Oct. 7 and 8. They were the No.1 seed in the event, with Edmond Memorial as the No.2 seed, Norman as the No.3 seed and Lawton as the No.4 seed.

The Bronco girls took on Lawton in game one Oct. 7. Despite a slow start offensively, Mustang finished the game strong with an 8-0 win over the Lady Wolverines. Freshman pitcher Kylie Dodson was in the circle for MHS in the first win.

Edmond Memorial took on Norman in game two of the day, which saw the Lady Bulldogs defeating the Lady Tigers to set up the winners bracket matchup with Mustang later that night.

Before the Memorial-Mustang contest took place, the elimination game of Norman vs. Lawton was played with the Tiger girls winning the game and sending the Wolverines home after two games.

Mustang senior pitcher Jayden Chestnut got the start in the circle for the Lady Broncos in the winners bracket game against Edmond Memorial. The contest was evenly matched as both pitchers dominated the game.

It was scoreless through the fifth inning, but Mustang put one run on the board in the sixth inning and held Memorial scoreless in the final two frames to go on and win 1-0.

The Lady Broncos victory put them in the driver’s seat to win the regional as they had to be beaten twice by the winner of the Norman-Edmond Memorial elimination game, which was played at noon Oct. 8.

The Lady Tigers shocked the Lady Bulldogs and defeated Edmond Memorial, sending them home for the year.

Norman had to beat Mustang twice to advance to the state tournament with the Lady Broncos having to win only once.

The Bronco girls had defeated the Tigers twice this season and Mustang would go on to make it three-in-a-row with a 6-2 victory in the regional championship, with Chestnut getting the W in the circle.

The three wins from the Lady Broncos gives them a record of 33-4 going into the state tournament, which begins today in Shawnee.

“Regionals can be scary because crazy things happen in regionals all the time,” Howard said. “I thought we handled it well as a team, especially our young girls. It was good for them to get their first taste of postseason action.”

Volleyball season comes to an end

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Mustang’s volleyball team saw its season come to an end Oct. 9 at Norman North with a three games to one loss to Moore.

The Lady Broncos competed in the Norman North regional as the No.3 seed with Moore being the No.2 seed. NN was the No.1 seed and Lawton was the No.4 seed.

Mustang finished with a record of 13-18 this season. The Bronco girls started the year at 5-2, but closed with a record of 8-16.

The highlight of the Mustang season was two victories, three games to none, over rival Yukon.

The Lady Broncos have four seniors that played their final match of their Mustang careers against Moore. Lesley Barnes, Emma Hudson, Heidi McDaniel and Reagan McNeil are set to graduate from Mustang High School in May.

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.

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.”

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.”

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.

Lady Broncos stay strong as postseason nears

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Mustang’s softball team improved to 27-4 this season with a 3-0 mark last week.

The Bronco girls started the week off with two road games. The first was Sept. 22 with a district road trip to Norman to take on the Lady Tigers. MHS took down NHS by a score of 11-0 in a five-inning run-rule. The second road game was at Choctaw with Mustang defeating the Yellowjackets 5-1.website commentary new.qxd

Last Friday, the Bronco girls competed in the Yukon Festival with one game against in-county opponent El Reno. MHS shut out the El Reno girls 5-0.

“This team continues to play steady, solid softball as the season progresses,” Mustang coach Bryan Howard said. “I say it almost every week, but we are starting multiple freshmen and we have been all year. Most of them play like they are juniors or seniors. I’ve never seen anything like it. They impress me every day.”

The Lady Broncos entered the final week of the regular season this week with three games to play.

Mustang traveled to Southmoore on Monday evening, and then played host to Stillwater the following night.

“We want to maintain and stay sharp as we enter the postseason,” Howard said. “Obviously, we want to win the games, but staying sharp and playing our best softball at this time of year is the important thing right now. I like the way we are playing right now.”

The Bronco diamond queens will play their final regular season game of the year at 6:30 tonight when they travel up Mustang Road to take on the rival Yukon Millers.

Mustang will start regional play next week.

“Yes, we are young, but we are not looking to the future,” Howard said. “We expect to be really good in the next couple of years, because of the sophomores and freshmen we have playing for us this year, but we fully expect to get to and in the state championship this year.”