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Mustang faces stiff test with Edmond Memorial

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After a disappointing home loss to Stillwater last Friday, Mustang’s football team has yet another tough challenge awaiting them with a short week to prepare.

The Broncos travel north to take on the undefeated Edmond Memorial Bulldogs at 7 p.m. tonight at Wantland Stadium on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma in commentary new.qxd

Edmond Memorial sits at 2-0 so far this season and hasn’t  given up a point. The Bulldogs haven’t allowed many yards of offense to their opponent either, as Edmond North had a total of 22 yards in the game.

“Edmond Memorial is a fantastic football team,” Mustang coach Jeremy Dombek said. “They play physical and are very well-coached. They are arguably playing the best defense out of anyone in the state right now.”

In week one, Memorial defeated Southmoore on the road by a score of 20-0. In week two, it was much of the same as far as defense goes, but the offense got rolling in the second game, a 35-0 routing of rival Edmond North at UCO.

Edmond Memorial entered this week with a No.5 overall ranking in Class 6A. The Bulldogs are coached by Justin Merideth.

Players to look for coming out of the Edmond Memorial tunnel will be running back Warren Wand and quarterback Mick Mayerske. The entire defense is also one to watch as Mustang prepares for its final non-district matchup of the young season.

“As good as their defense is, their offense has a lot of weapons,” Dombek said. “They play very physical on the line of scrimmage and have some great skill players on the outside. We are going to have our hands full on both sides of the ball.”

The Broncos come into the game with Edmond Memorial with a sour taste in their mouths following the home-opening loss to Stillwater, 35-26 last Friday evening at Bronco Stadium.

In week one, Mustang felt much better after dismantling rival Yukon 41-14 on the road. MHS comes into the week with a No.7 overall ranking in Class 6A.

The Broncos will count on leaders like junior quarterback Chandler Garrett, senior running back Chase Brown and senior safety Zach Davis to help get Mustang back on track against the Bulldogs.

Mustang will need to improve its play on the line of scrimmage against Edmond Memorial if the Broncos are to have a chance to win the game. In week one, the Broncos dominated the trenches against Yukon, but last week was a different story in the loss to the Pioneers.

If recent years tell us anything about what is going to happen in tonight’s ballgame, the prognosis doesn’t look good for the Broncos, as Edmond Memorial has dominated Mustang the previous two years.

However, it was MHS which dominated Stillwater the same way the past several seasons, so maybe Mustang can do the same against the Bulldogs.

“We have to take it one week, one game at a time,” Dombek said. “We are focused on going out there and playing well. We have to play well in all facets to have a chance to win this game.”

Stillwater sacks Broncos in home opener

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As excited as Mustang was last week at this time following the blowout win at Yukon, the Broncos are just as disappointed this week with their home-opening loss to Stillwater Friday evening.

The Pioneers took it to the Broncos from the opening play of the game, as they went on to beat Mustang 35-26, shocking the Bronco Stadium commentary new.qxd

“They came out and took it to us right out of the gate,” Mustang coach Jeremy Dombek said. “We were flat on both sides of the ball and they made us pay for it. I thought we fought back, but when you dig yourself a hole against a good football team, it’s hard to get out of it.”

The loss to Stillwater drops the Broncos’ overall record to 1-1 this season.

The Pioneer run game killed the Mustang defense throughout the night as Stillwater finished with 338 total rushing yards in the contest. SHS passed for only 58 yards, but with the powerful run game, the air attack wasn’t needed.

Stillwater finished the night with 396 total yards of offense against Mustang.

Pioneer running back Cameron Mayberry stole the show in Bronco Stadium, as he rushed for 237 yards with three touchdowns on 24 carries. All three of Mayberry’s touchdowns were more than 40 yards.

Mayberry’s teammate, Marlin McDonald was a solid sidekick to Mayberry last Friday night. McDonald finished the game with 62 yards on 16 carries with one touchdown. He also had to step in at quarterback in the second half for Stillwater after Braxton Noble was injured in the first half and was unable to return to the game. McDonald finished with 53 yards through the air on 3-of-5 passing.

Before Noble went down with his injury, he did some damage to Mustang, getting 10 yards on six carries and one touchdown. He also passed for 5 yards on one completion.

Lady Broncos continue to roll on diamond

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The Lady Broncos softball team continues to roll through its regular season with another perfect record last week.

Mustang went on the road in a hostile environment and took on perennial state power Edmond North in a Sept. 8 district matchup,  defeating the Lady Huskies 6-2 behind a stellar pitching performance from senior right-hander Jayden commentary new.qxd

The hard-throwing Chestnut also did her part at the plate to help the Bronco girls past the pesky Huskies. In the top of the fifth inning, Chestnut sent a towering shot over the left field wall with a runner on base, giving Mustang a 2-1 advantage over Edmond North.

“That was a really good win for us,” Mustang coach Bryan Howard said. “That was a total team win in a tough environment against a good opponent. Jayden was outstanding and offensively and defensively, we played as well as we have all year.”

The Lady Broncos continued the offensive barrage and put four more runs on the board compared to the Lady Huskies with one, giving Mustang the four-run victory.

The Broncos returned home for a Sept. 11 district matchup with Choctaw. The Yellowjackets came into the game with a subpar record, but most of their losses had been close games against tough opponents.

Choctaw would keep that style going against MHS, as the Lady Broncos earned a 4-3 victory in the game.

Chestnut was in the circle for Mustang, and she went the distance, getting the win and striking out 12 Choctaw batters in the process.

Chestnut had just one walk in the game and allowed four hits to the Yellowjackets.

After a scoreless first inning for both teams, Mustang got on the board with one run in the bottom of the second after Chestnut led off the frame with a double to the left field wall. Junior Lexi Vargas got the first RBI of the game when she drove in the runner from third base on an error by the Choctaw third baseman.

In the third inning, the Lady Broncos added one more run to their lead. Freshman Audri Morrison led off the inning by getting hit by a pitch. Fellow freshman Zoe Jones then knocked a double in the gap, sending Morrison to third. Chestnut followed with a suicide bunt that scored Morrison to give MHS the 2-0 lead.

The score remained 2-0 Mustang through the fourth inning, but the Lady Broncos scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth on a two-run, two-out double to the wall by senior Jacquelyn Kelm.

Choctaw got all four of its hits off Chestnut in the top of the sixth inning. The hits, combined with a Mustang error, led to a three-run Yellowjacket inning, cutting the Bronco lead to one run at 4-3 heading into the seventh and final frame.

Chestnut bowed her back in the top of the seventh inning and shut down the Choctaw offense to three-up three-down, sealing the MHS victory.

Mustang finished the game with eight total hits, with Chestnut accounting for three of those base knocks.

The two wins last week has MHS at 18-3 overall this season.

“The only thing I took away from the Choctaw game was that we were able to get the win,” Howard said. “I thought we got up early and we relaxed a little bit. We didn’t have a good day offensively at all. We swung at some poor pitches. We were undisciplined. Hopefully, that was a wake-up call for us, because we have to be better than that going forward.”

The Lady Broncos will have a busy week this week, as they had a double-header with Putnam City North on the road Monday evening. They then host Moore at 6:30 p.m. tonight in a crucial district matchup that will decide who gets the top seed in the district.

Moore already defeated the Bronco girls earlier this month at home 2-0.

“We understand what’s at stake when Moore comes here,” Howard said. “They have beaten us four consecutive times. Our girls will be ready to play. We are looking forward to that one.”

This weekend, Mustang will compete in the COAC tournament at Yukon High School. The tournament will run Friday and Saturday.

OU picks off Tennessee, preps for road test at West Virginia

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Most people around the country don’t enjoy playing against the big, bad SEC, but Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops is not most people.

Stoops and the Sooners put a young, inexperienced University of Tennessee team to shame on Saturday night in Norman with a 34-10 beat-down at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium at Owen commentary new.qxd

The win against the Volunteers improved OU’s record to 3-0 this season as the Sooners prepare to enter conference play. The victory also gives Stoops a winning record against the “vaunted” conference at 5-4.

Oklahoma controlled the game on both sides of the ball the entire night, but especially on defense where the OU front seven was in the Tennessee backfield nearly every offensive snap for the Volunteers.

“I was really pleased with our overall play,” Stoops said. “I want to compliment Butch Jones and his staff. I really think they are doing a great job there at Tennessee. Overall, I’m just excited about the way our guys have played. Really, for the most part, we’re playing smart and with good discipline.”

The Sooners finished the game with 21 total first downs and 454 total yards of offense. OU had 146 yards rushing and 308 yards passing against the Volunteers. Oklahoma had two turnovers and five penalties for 41 total yards. The two turnovers were a fumble and an interception.

The OU defense allowed the Tennessee offense 18 total first downs and 313 total yards of offense. The Volunteers rushed for 112 yards against the Sooners while passing for 201. UT had three turnovers in the game and one penalty for 10 yards. The three turnovers were two interceptions and one fumble.

The two interceptions by the Sooners were by the two cornerbacks. Senior Julian Wilson got an interception and a 100-yard return for a touchdown, all but putting the nail in Tennessee’s coffin. Sophomore cornerback Zach Sanchez also had a second-half interception in the end zone when the Vols were driving.

“Every time I take the field I have a chip on my shoulder because I’m from Oklahoma,” Wilson said. “I want to prove that Oklahoma has good players, just like any other state. (Wilson is a graduate of Southmoore High School).

Sophomore quarterback Trevor Knight had a solid performance through the air for the Sooners, passing for 308 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Knight also rushed five times for 20 yards and a touchdown.

It was Knight’s second career 300-plus-yard passing game. Ironically, the other came in the Sugar Bowl last year against Alabama, another SEC opponent.

Freshman running back Samaje Perine led Oklahoma on the ground with 67 yards on nine carries. Sophomore Keith Ford had 61 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown. Fellow sophomore Alex Ross had seven yards on five carries.

Ford left the game in the second half with an ankle injury. His status is unknown for this week.

Junior receiver Durron Neal led the Sooners in receptions with seven for 71 yards. Junior receiver Sterling Shepard had five catches for 109 yards, and senior tight end Blake Bell had three receptions for 52 yards.

Sophomore linebacker Dominique Alexander led the Sooner D with 12 total tackles. Fellow sophomore linebacker Jordan Evans had nine tackles, and Wilson and junior linebacker Eric Striker each had six tackles.

OU preps for tough challenge in Morgantown

The No.4 ranked Sooners will put their 3-0 record on the line at West Virginia Mountaineers at 6:30 p.m. Saturday evening. The game will be televised by Fox.

WVU comes into the matchup with Oklahoma with a 2-1 record, and its only loss coming at the hands of No.3 Alabama in Atlanta on opening week. The Mountaineers kept the game close, dropping a 33-23 decision to the Crimson Tide.

West Virginia has won both its games the past two weeks. The Mountaineers handled Towson 54-0 in week two and squeaked out a 40-37 victory against Maryland last Saturday.

WVU averages 39 points per game, while allowing 23.3 to their opponents. They average a total of 564.3 yards of offense per contest and allow 369 to their opponents.

The Mountaineers are rushing for an average of 154 yards per game and passing for 410 yards per outing. They allow 164.3 rush yards per contest and 204.7 pass yards to their opponents.

WVU has committed five turnovers this season, while forcing just two.

OSU handles UTSA, heads into off week

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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.

Bronco harriers compete in OK-Runner

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Mustang harriers competed in the OK-Runner meet in Norman last Friday afternoon, with the girls taking 10th overall and the boys finishing ninth.

The Bronco girls had 218 points, while the boys finished with 228 total points. The winning team on the girls side was Jenks with 58 total points and Edmond Memorial on the boys side with 79 commentary new.qxd

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.

Volleyball squad goes 4-2 in Southmoore tourney

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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 commentary new.qxd

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.

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.

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“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.