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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.
“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.”
In sports, it’s rare for a team to be firing on all cylinders every time they take the field.
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.
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.
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.”
Following their first bye week of the season, the No.4 Oklahoma Sooners will hit the road to take on No.25 TCU.
The Big 12 contest will be the second conference game for OU and the first for Texas Christian. Oklahoma comes into the matchup with a 4-0 record and 1-0 in league play, while the Frogs come in with an unblemished 3-0 record.
“We know we are going to be in a tough battle this week with TCU,” Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said in his weekly press conference last week. “We have a ton of respect for Gary Patterson and his staff. We know they will be ready to play, and it will be a tough environment on the road. We’ve had good practices in the bye week and we are looking forward to getting back after it Saturday.”
OU opened the season with a home win against Louisiana Tech 48-16. They then turned around and went on the road to take on in-state opponent Tulsa. The Sooners hammered the Golden Hurricane 52-7.
In week three, Oklahoma played host to SEC opponent Tennessee. OU took care of business against the younger Volunteers 34-10. The Sooners then turned around and traveled to Morgantown for a tough road test against West Virginia, beating the Mountaineers 45-33.
TCU has had two bye weeks already this season as they have only played three games, compared to most teams around the country playing four games.
The Horned Frogs defeated Samford 48-14 in week one. They caged the Golden Gophers of Minnesota 30-7 in their second game and then gave SMU a 56-0 beating last Saturday in Dallas.
Offensively, the Sooners come into Saturday’s game averaging 44.8 points per game. OU has accumulated 97 first downs.
Oklahoma averages 495 total yards per game including 222.8 rush yards and 272.2 pass yards.
The Sooners have turned the ball over five times this season and have been penalized 21 times for 217 yards.
OU running back Samaje Perine leads the way on the ground this year, carrying the ball 66 times for 422 yards and five touchdowns. Running back Keith Ford is next on the list with 34 carries for 199 yards and five touchdowns. Running back Alex Ross is the next stat leader for the Sooners with 29 carries for 193 yards and three touchdowns.
Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight is the leading passer, completing 76 passes this season out of 130 attempts for 1,065 yards, with four touchdowns and three interceptions.
Sooners receiver Sterling Shepard is the leading receiver through four games with 23 receptions for 436 yards and two touchdowns. Receiver Durron Neal is second in the receptions list with 17 for 211 yards, and third is receiver K.J. Young with 13 for 144 yards.
Offensively for the Horned Frogs, they are averaging 44.7 points per game this season and have amassed 86 first downs.
TCU is averaging 532 total yards of offense including 211.3 rush yards and 320.7 yards through the air.
Texas Christian has turned the ball over four times this season and has been penalized 17 times for 165 yards.
TCU quarterback Trevon Boykin is the team’s leading rusher with 29 carries for 214 yards and three touchdowns. Running back B.J. Catalon is second with 35 carries for 182 yards and three touchdowns, and third is running back Aaron Green with 14 carries for 97 yards.
Boykin is also the team’s leading passer from the QB position, completing 79 passes out of 123 attempts for 858 yards, with eight touchdowns and one interception.
Horned Frog receiver Deante Gray is the team’s leading pass catcher with 13 receptions for 144 yards and two touchdowns. Receiver Josh Doctson is second with 13 receptions for 136 yards and three touchdowns, and receiver David Porter is third with 12 receptions for 143 yards and one touchdown.
Defensively, OU is allowing teams to score an average of 16.5 points per game and have allowed 82 first downs to their opponents.
The Sooners are allowing 349.8 total yards of offense through four games including 99.2 rush yards and 250.5 pass yards per outing. Oklahoma has also created 11 turnovers defensively.
Dominique Alexander leads OU in tackles this season with 30. Jordan Evans is second on the list with 25 and Eric Striker is third with 23 tackles.
On the defensive side of the ball for the Horned Frogs, they are one of the best statistical defenses in the country. They allow an average of seven points per game and have given up 40 first downs through three games.
Opponents are averaging 218.7 total yards of offense against TCU including 91.7 rush yards and 127 pass yards. They have forced 10 turnovers this year.
Paul Dawson leads the way for the Horned Frogs with 21.5 tackles. Marcus Mallet is second with 18 tackles and Chris Hackett is third with 14.5 tackles.
As if one Thursday night trip to Edmond wasn’t enough, Mustang gets to do it again one week later as the Broncos head north to take on Edmond North.
“They are a good football team, especially on the defensive side of the ball,” Mustang coach Jeremy Dombek said. “They have had a couple tough weeks, but we know what to expect from them. They will play hard and give us their best effort.”
The Broncos come into the game with a 2-1 overall record, while the Huskies come into the game with a 1-2 record. This will be the first district matchup of the season for both teams.
Mustang comes in with a lot of momentum after crushing Edmond Memorial 57-37 in the same stadium they play in tonight. Edmond North isn’t feeling quite as good about themselves as the Broncos are after falling to Stillwater 38-14 on the road last week.
However, Stillwater wasn’t very kind to Mustang either, as the Pioneers came into Bronco Stadium and took down the Broncos in week two by a score of 35-26. The Huskies also fell in week two to the team Mustang destroyed last week. Edmond Memorial pushed Edmond North around for 60 minutes, shutting them out 35-0.
Both Mustang and North got wins against rivals in the first week of the season. The Broncos put a beating on Yukon 41-14 on the road, while the Huskies held on to take down Edmond Santa Fe 27-24 at UCO.
“Anytime you beat a very talented Edmond Santa Fe team, you have the ability to beat a lot of people on any given night,” Dombek said. “We are going to have to play well. Every week presents new challenges, and this week is no different.”
Edmond North is coached by Scott Berger, who is in his second year on the job for the Huskies.
This will be the first time Dombek will face his former team, where he spent seven seasons as the head coach.
“They are a very prideful program,” Dombek said. “They have been to the quarterfinals in the playoffs for the past eight years. Only Jenks and Union are the other two programs who can say that.”
Going into the game with Mustang on Sept. 18, Edmond Memorial’s defense hadn’t given up a single point and was allowing very few yards to its opponents.
In the words of legendary University of Oklahoma football coach Barry Switzer, Mustang “hung half a hundred” on Edmond Memorial’s “vaunted” defense.
Actually, they hung more than that, scoring 57 points in the Broncos’ 57-37 victory at Wantland Stadium on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma.
Midway through the second quarter in Edmond, Mustang trailed the Bulldogs 19-7. From that point on, the Broncos outscored Edmond Memorial 50-18.
“It all started early in the week with how we practiced,” Mustang coach Jeremy Dombek said. “The week before, we did not practice well and it showed in our loss to Stillwater, but last week we practiced really well. We knew if we played well, we would be able to have success. We didn’t expect that type of success, but it just shows what we’re capable of if we do what we are supposed to do.”
Mustang’s offense racked up 709 total yards against the Bulldogs defense. The Broncos rushed for 478 yards on 55 total carries and passed for 231 yards on the night.
The Broncos picked up 24 first downs in the game, had one turnover (fumble) and committed seven penalties for 45 yards.
Coming into the night, Edmond Memorial was thought to have the advantage at the running back position with one of the state’s top prospects, Warren Wand, lining up the Bulldog backfield, but it was Mustang’s 5-foot-9, 175-pound senior running back Chase Brown who stole the show.
Brown finished the game with 252 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries.
“Chase Brown is a special player,” Dombek said. “He works extremely hard, and it is really good to see him having the success he is having this year. The offensive line did a fantastic job in front of him as well. They are our most inexperienced group and we aren’t very big, but we are very athletic, so we can use that to our advantage.”
Brown’s backup junior running back Terran Daniel may not have had the numbers his older backfield mate had, but he was no slouch, as he picked up 119 yards on nine carries and one touchdown.
Bronco junior quarterback Chandler Garrett was his usual steady self against Edmond Memorial. The 6-foot-4 Garrett finished the game with 223 yards in the air on 17-for-22 passing with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Garrett also had two 1-yard touchdown runs for Mustang.
MHS senior receiver David Parker and junior receiver Bobby Brown were the recipients of Garrett’s two touchdown passes in the game.
The Mustang defense came to play against Edmond Memorial and the Bulldogs running attack. The Broncos allowed Memorial 472 total yards, but held them to 132 rushing yards. MHS held Edmond Memorial to 16 first downs in the game and forced three interceptions.
Wand was the leading rusher for the Bulldogs with 17 carries for 120 yards. Memorial quarterback Mick Mayerske was 12-for-25 in the game, but passed for 287 yards and four touchdowns against Mustang.
Mayerske’s No.1 target in the game was receiver Jordan Reed, who had 224 yards receiving on six catches.
“I thought we played well defensively except for the couple of long plays we gave up,” Dombek said. “We wanted to stop the run, and I believe we did a good job of that, but we have to correct the long pass plays that go over the top of us.”
Mustang High School’s softball team won the first ever Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference championship last Saturday evening with a 4-0 record in the two-day event at Yukon High School.
“I really couldn’t be more proud of the girls,” Mustang coach Bryan Howard said. “Coming back after a tough game against Moore on Thursday and winning four games in two days says a lot about the character of this team.”
In its first game of the COAC tournament, Mustang took on Southmoore and defeated the Sabercats 4-3 in a tight game. The Bronco girls then battled Deer Creek and defeated the Lady Antlers 11-9 in a high-scoring affair.
In its first game on Saturday, Mustang took on Edmond Memorial and defeated the Lady Bulldogs 7-6, earning its way to the conference championship game.
“We have so many freshmen contributing right now for us,” Howard said. “We started six freshmen in the conference championship game. Sometimes it’s hard to remember they are freshmen because of how mature and experienced they play.”
The four consecutive wins in the inaugural COAC tournament came directly following the senior night home loss to Moore on Sept. 18.
Despite going up 5-0 in the first inning, the Lady Broncos couldn’t hold the lead as Moore kept chipping away at the Mustang lead until finally a two-out grand slam in the top of the fourth gave the Lions a 9-5 advantage that they would never relinquish.
Mustang senior pitcher Jayden Chestnut started the game in the circle for the Broncos and took the loss. Chestnut was relieved by freshman hurler Kylie Dodson in the fifth inning. Dodson would finish the game in the circle, allowing just one more run to a heavy-hitting Moore lineup.
The Lady Broncos tacked on two more runs of their own in the sixth inning to cut the Lions’ lead to 10-7 heading into the final inning at the Mustang High School softball complex.
Mustang got two runners on base for junior Brooklyn Sparkman. Sparkman is one of the Bronco hitters who has the power to put the ball over the fence, and she hit a towering shot to straight-away center field that eventually came down in the Moore center fielder’s glove a few feet short of tying the game.
“That game is on me,” Howard said. “I didn’t do my job as the coach and I have to hold myself accountable just like I hold my players accountable. I told the girls that game was on me. I made several coaching mistakes and it cost us. That was a big game and I have to learn from it and make sure I’m better next time.”
The Lady Broncos earned a doubleheader sweep Sept. 15 on the road at Putnam City North. Mustang took game one against the Lady Panthers 6-0 and then won game two 6-4.
Mustang had two road games to begin this week. The Bronco girls traveled to Norman on Monday and Choctaw on Tuesday for road district matchups.
The Lady Broncos will compete in the Yukon Softball Festival on Friday as they prepare for the postseason.
Mustang News staff reports,
The Mustang varsity all-girl cheerleading team competed in the 6A West Regional Saturday at Choctaw High School and took fifth place overall, which earned them a trip to the State Cheerleading Competition at 5:30 p.m. this Saturday at the University of Oklahoma.
Oklahoma survived its first road test of the season last Saturday night in Morgantown behind a stellar second half from the defense and one budding star.
Oklahoma improved to 4-0 on the year and 1-0 in conference play, while WVU fell to 2-2 and 0-1 in Big 12 action.
“Just overall, really proud of our team for coming into a hostile environment and getting a big win to open conference play,” Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said. “I thought we played really well for the most part on all sides of the ball.”
OU freshman running back Samaje Perine stole the night for the Sooners, as he rushed for 242 yards and four touchdowns on 34 carries. It was the most yards and carries by an Oklahoma running back since Adrian Peterson wore the Crimson and Crème.
Two years ago in Morgantown, the Sooners came away with a 50-49 win over West Virginia on a night where defense didn’t exist. In the first half Saturday night it looked like we were heading for a repeat performance of that night, but the OU defense would have none of it in the second half.
After surrendering 24 points in the first two quarters, the Oklahoma D came out with a different attitude in the third quarter. Stoops and his brother, defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, made several coverage adjustments at the break, and the Sooner defense responded with only allowing the Mountaineers’ high-octane offense nine points in the second half.
The Oklahoma rush offense and rush defense stole the show Saturday night against West Virginia. The Sooners rushed for 301 yards and held WVU to 137 on the ground.
The Mountaineers had a better night through the air, as they passed for 376 yards, while OU threw for 209 in the game.
The Sooners finished with 510 total yards of offense compared to WVU’s 513. Oklahoma won the turnover battle, only committing one turnover, which was an interception. West Virginia had three turnovers in the game with two coming by interception and one by fumble.
OU was penalized eight times for 82 yards and the Mountaineers were flagged five times for 55 yards.
Oklahoma sophomore quarterback Trevor Knight finished the game with 205 yards passing on 16-of-29 with one interception. Knight caught his first touchdown pass of his career when OU offensive coordinator Josh Heupel called a reverse pass, thrown by junior receiver Durron Neal.
OU junior receiver Sterling Shepard led the way in the receiving department, catching six balls for 107 yards.
Sooner sophomore running back Alex Ross led the way in all-purpose yards with 206 on the night. Ross changed the momentum of the game going into the halftime locker room when he took a WVU kickoff 100 yards to the house after the Mountaineers had taken a 24-17 lead. West Virginia would never lead again following the Ross return.
OU senior place-kicker Michael Hunnicutt stayed perfect on the season with a 42-yarder that sailed through the uprights. Hunnicutt became the all-time leader in points in Oklahoma history with that kick.
“Michael is a special kid,” Stoops said. “We all love him around here, and he has done a great job for us over the years. I thought the kicking game tonight (Saturday) was as good as it’s ever been.”
On the defensive side of the ball, it was sophomore linebacker Jordan Evans that led the way in tackles for the Sooners with 11 on the night. Sophomore cornerback Zack Sanchez had one interception in the game. Senior safety Quentin Hayes had one pick in the contest and junior defensive end Charles Tapper had one fumble recovery.
Senior linebacker Geneo Grissom, junior linebacker Eric Striker and Hayes all had one sack in the contest.
After a much-needed week off, the Oklahoma State football team will get back to game action at 6:30 tonight as the Cowboys host Texas Tech in their Big 12 Conference opener.
Oklahoma State comes into the game against Texas Tech with a record of 2-1, but with two consecutive wins following the hard-fought opening week loss to No.1 Florida State 37-31.
The Pokes have earned two wins against Missouri State, 40-23 in week two and 43-13 over the University of Texas San Antonio in week three.
The impressive start for the Cowboys has earned them a spot in the top 25 national rankings at No.24.
The Red Raiders also come into the game with a 2-1 record and will also be playing their first conference game of the season.
Texas Tech has done it the opposite way from OSU in the first three weeks, as they won their first two games but fell in week three at home to Arkansas by a score of 49-28.
The first two wins were against Central Arkansas 42-35 in week one and the University of Texas El Paso 30-26 in week two.
The Red Raiders are coached by Kliff Kingsbury, who is in his second year on the job in Lubbock.
Coming into the ballgame, Oklahoma State is averaging 38 points per game offensively. The Cowboys have amassed 68 total first downs and average a total of 440.3 yards per contest.
The Pokes are rushing for an average of 176.3 yards per game and passing for an average of 264 yards per contest. OSU has committed two turnovers this season and has totaled 17 penalties for 160 yards.
The Cowboys defense is allowing 24.3 points per game to their opponents, and has allowed 54 first downs so far this season.
Opponents are averaging 352 yards per contest against Oklahoma State, including 111.3 rush yards and 240.7 pass yards. OSU’s defense has forced three turnovers this season.
Oklahoma State running back Tyreek Hill is the leading rusher with 141 yards on 23 carries. Rennie Childs has picked up 143 yards on 35 carries and Desmond Roland has earned 126 yards on 33 carries.
Dax Garman, who came in and replaced the injured J.W. Walsh under center in game two of the season, has passed for 559 yards on 32-of-56 completions with four touchdowns.
On the receiving end, Hill leads in that category as well for the Pokes with 76 yards on nine catches. Former Mustang High School star David Glidden has eight receptions for 165 yards with one touchdown, and Brandon Sheperd has 128 yards and two touchdowns on seven receptions.
On the defensive side of the ball, Ryan Simmons leads the way for OSU with 21 tackles. Jordan Sterns has 19 tackles and Seth Jacobs has 17 tackles and one interception this season.
For the Red Raiders statistically, they are averaging 33.3 points per game this season an offense. They have totaled 75 first downs and are averaging 497.7 yards of offense per game.
TTU is rushing for an average of 170.3 yards per game and passing for 327.3 yards. They have turned the ball over six times this year and have committed 30 turnovers for 264 yards.
Defensively, the Red Raiders are allowing 36.7 points per game to their opponents. They have allowed 84 first downs and an average of 432.7 yards per game.
Opponents are racking up 297.7 rush yards per game against Texas Tech and they are averaging 135 pass yards against the TTU defense. The Red Raiders have forced two turnovers this season.
Texas Tech DeAndre Washington leads the way in the rushing department with 215 yards on 40 carries and one touchdown. Justin Stockton is right behind Washington with 190 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. Quinton White has 82 yards on 15 carries this season.
TTU quarterback Davis Webb is leading the way through the air with 982 yards on 83-of-128 passing with 10 touchdowns and four interceptions.
For the Red Raiders in the receiving department, it’s been Jakeem Grant with 283 yards on 20 receptions and one touchdown. Brad Marquez has 251 yards on 18 receptions and five touchdowns, and Reginald Davis has 152 yards and two touchdowns on 12 receptions.
Keenon Ward, Sam Eguavoen and Pete Robertson are all tied with 21 tackles this season, with Robertson also having an interception for the Red Raiders.