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By Glen Miller,
STILLWATER – Ashton Lampkin’s 50-yard interception return for a touchdown as time expired capped off a 16-0 run in the fourth period by Oklahoma State as the Cowboys defeated the University of Texas San Antonio, 43-13.
The victory moved the Cowboys to 2-1 on the season heading into an off week before opening Big 12 Conference play on Thursday, Sept. 25 at home against Texas Tech.
A surprising upstart Roadrunners team scored 10 points late in the third period and early into the fourth to close the gap to 27-13.
However, OSU put together a five-play scoring drive aided by a 43-yard hook up between quarterback Daxx Garman and Marcell Ateman. Two plays later, Mustang native David Glidden caught a 22-yard pass down to the UTSA 1-yard line.
Desmond Roland then capped the drive with a 1-yard run.
The Cowboys followed that drive with a 13-play effort which culminated in a 20-yard field goal by Ben Grogan with under a minute to play.
OSU trailed only once in the game at 7-3 before going ahead for good on a 1-yard Roland touchdown run int eh first period. The Cowboys reeled off 20 straight points, getting touchdown throws of 18 and 33 yards from Garman and field goals of 24 and 47 yards from Grogan.
Oklahoma State closed the game with 477 yards of total offense on 79 plays, with Garman completing 16-of-30 passes for 315 yards. One of those completions was a 36-yard strike to Glidden to help set up a score for the Cowboys .
Glidden had the two catches for 58 yards and was the third leading receiver behind Ateman’s four catches for 70 yards and Jhajuan Seales’ 75 yards on two grabs.
Roland rushed for 95 yards and two scores to pace the OSU ground game, which logged 162 yards on 49 carries. Rennie Childs added 44 yards on 13 totes.
The Cowboys defense held UTSA to 206 yards of total offense, 133 of which came through the air. The Roadrunners were held to 73 yards rushing of 35 carries.
Mustang harriers competed in the OK-Runner meet in Norman last Friday afternoon, with the girls taking 10th overall and the boys finishing ninth.
Here are the individual results from the girls side of the course:
Kyra Fuller had the fastest time for the MHS girls with a sixth-place finish and a time of 19:42. Jaci Jones took 45th place overall with a time of 21:40. Lauren Grisham came in at 51st place with a time of 21:55.
Tyler Schwermley finished the race with a 21:57, which was good enough for 52nd place. Kaylyn Brooks took 64th place with a time of 22:28. Tanner Adams finished 65th overall with a time of 22:30, and Savannah Vasco placed 69th overall with a time of 22:41.
The first-place girl of the day was Norman North’s Isabella Rose, who ran an 18:48.
Here are the results from the boys side of the course:
Lance Frost claimed top honors for Mustang with a ninth-place finish and a time of 16:41. Skyler Wade took 34th place overall with a time of 17:40. Mark Drexel finished 45th overall with a time of 17:53.
Martin Gonzales took 64th place with a time of 18:15. Ben Brackett placed 76th overall with a time of 18:25. Alex Fischer finished 91st overall with a time of 18:44. Ashleigh Ruttman placed 109th overall with a time of 19:12.
The overall boys winner was Norman North’s Ben Barrett with a time of 15:37.
The Bronco harriers return to action at 9:30 a.m. Saturday as they travel to Shawnee to compete in the OBU Invitational.
Mustang Lady Broncos volleyball team had a roller-coaster week last week, as the girls won four matches but lost four.
The Bronco girls dropped their two dual matches of the week. The first was at Norman on Sept. 9 where Mustang fell three games to one to the Lady Tigers. The second came two days later on Sept. 11 where they fell three games to none at home against Norman North.
The Lady Broncos competed in the Southmoore Softball Festival last Friday and Saturday. They had a record of 4-2 in the two-day event.
The Broncos’ first match was last Friday against Piedmont, which they won two games to none. In its second match of the day, MHS fell to Elgin two games to one, and in the third contest of the day, they took down Lawton Ike two games to none.
Mustang opened up Saturday in the Southmoore tournament against rival Yukon. The match went the Lady Broncos way, as they beat the Lady Millers three games to none. Mustang got its second win of the day as it took out Norman three games to one. MHS’ only loss of the second day of the event came in its final match of the tournament, three games to none against Elgin.
The week leaves the Lady Broncos with an 11-12 overall record this year.
Mustang has two dual matches this week. The Lady Broncos took on Edmond Memorial on Monday evening on the road, and they host Stillwater at 6 p.m. tonight at the Wellness Center at Mustang High School.
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.”
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.”
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.
“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.
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.
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.”
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.
In families, sometimes the big brother has to remind the baby brother just who the boss is of the group.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
The annual Canadian County rivalry will continue its long-standing tradition at 7 p.m. Friday at Miller Stadium at Yukon High School.
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.
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.”
“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.”
NORMAN — Balance is something every offense in football tries to achieve every time they take the field.
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.