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Sooners prep for another stiff road test

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Following their first bye week of the season, the No.4 Oklahoma Sooners will hit the road to take on No.25 TCU.

The Sooners and Horned Frogs will go to battle at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Fort Worth and be televised regionally by FOX commentary new.qxd

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.

Broncos open district play at UCO against Edmond North

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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.

Mustang will open up district play at 7 tonight with another road test at Wantland Stadium on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma against the Huskies of Edmond commentary new.qxd

“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.”

Mustang runs through Edmond Memorial

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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.

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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.”

Softball wins COAC Championship

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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.

The Lady Broncos defeated Edmond North 9-1 in the championship game. It was the third time this season Mustang has beaten the Lady Huskies and the second by commentary new.qxd

“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 all-girl cheer squad takes fifth at regional, qualifies for state

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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.

Sooners survive Morgantown

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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.

The third-ranked Sooners took down West Virginia on their home field Saturday with a 45-33 victory over the commentary new.qxd

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.

OSU looks to make statement in Big 12 opener

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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.

The Cowboys and Red Raiders will kick off at 6:30 p.m. in Boone Pickens Stadium. The game will be aired nationally by commentary new.qxd

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.

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.