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Broncos upended by Tulsa Union in semifinal matchup

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By Sports editor Kyle Salomon,

The Mustang Broncos entered last Saturday afternoon’s semifinal game with No.1 Tulsa Union with visions of gold balls dancing in their heads, but the Redskins quickly squashed the Broncos’ state title hopes as they handed MHS a 52-7 loss.

The Broncos finished the 2014 season with an overall record of 8-4 and in the first year of Class 6A-1, Mustang took third in its district behind Union and Owasso with a 5-2 district mark.

Mustang finished the season ranked fourth in the state’s largest class and was the highest-ranked west-side school. They also were the only 6A-1 west-side team to beat an east-side opponent when they knocked off Broken Arrow 22-19 in the quarterfinal round of the postseason.

“They (Union) whooped us, every facet. From the start to the end, we just didn’t have an answer,” Mustang coach Jeremy Dombek said. “We couldn’t get anything going on offense or defense. I haven’t seen us play like that in a long time. We didn’t play great, and they played really good.”

In their first meeting, the Broncos and the Redskins gave us all an instant classic, as Union won the game 30-24 after scoring 18 unanswered points in the fourth quarter and coming back from being down 24-12 entering the final frame.

On Saturday, the Redskins continued where they left off from that Halloween night comeback at Bronco Stadium.

Mustang got the ball first and picked up a first down, but then Union’s defense flexed its muscles and forced the Broncos to punt. The MHS punt only sailed several yards against the strong south wind, giving the ‘Skins great field position on their opening possession.

Union took advantage and drove down the field for the touchdown, taking the lead 7-0. On Mustang’s next possession, the Broncos couldn’t get much going as the Redskins defense was playing lightning fast.

Mustang was forced into another punt, but this one was a better effort as it sailed across the 50 into Union territory.

However, that wouldn’t stop the UHS offense as it put another touchdown drive together before the end of the opening quarter to take a 14-0 lead into the second frame.

The second quarter will be one the Mustang faithful will want to forget for years to come as Union outscored the Broncos 28-0, making the halftime deficit 42-0 in favor of the ‘Skins.

The game was all but over, but Union decided they would put one more touchdown on the board on its first drive of the second half, making the score 49-0. That would remain the score through the rest of the third quarter, as both teams began to empty their benches.

The fourth quarter was the only frame the Broncos won on Saturday. The Redskins scored first on a 20-yard field goal early in the quarter, making the score 52-0, which made it 70 unanswered points Union had scored on Mustang including the fourth quarter from their Halloween night matchup.

The Broncos’ only score of the game came at the 2:37 mark of the final frame on junior backup quarterback Luke Ring’s 9-yard run for a final 52-7.

Mustang finished the game with just 182 yards of offense, including 132 passing and 50 rushing. The Broncos had 12 total first downs in the game and were 4-for-19 on third down opportunities for 21 percent.

MHS finished the game with one turnover and five penalties for 27 yards.

Junior quarterback Chandler Garrett finished the day with 89 passing yards and one interception on 14-of-26 passing. Garrett ran five times for a minus 38 yards. The 6-foot-5 junior was under pressure all day and was sacked numerous times by the Union defense.

Senior running back Chase Brown had a rough day as well, rushing for 46 yards on 15 carries, and senior receiver David Parker led the Broncos through the air with 62 receiving yards on four catches.

Ring, who scored Mustang’s only touchdown, carried the ball four times for 33 yards and completed two passes for 43 yards.

Union finished the game with 419 total yards of offense, including 238 passing yards and 181 rushing. The Redskins totaled 26 first downs and converted 6-of-15 third down opportunities.

The ‘Skins had no turnovers and were penalized three times for 34 yards.

Despite Saturday’s game, the Broncos can hold their heads high on the season they had in 2014.

Going 8-4 with a district record of 5-2, combined with being the only west-side school to beat an east-side opponent in 6A-1 is an impressive feat.

Looking ahead to next year, Mustang has many reasons to be excited for the 2015 season.

They bring back quarterback Chandler Garrett, who made great strides in 2014 as being one of the top players in the state. They also bring back receivers Dylan Doran, Mason Brown, Miles McFadden, Jakolby Long and Bobby Brown.

Tight ends Bryce Roberts and Blake Williams return next year. Offensive lineman Jacob Conley will return and lead the O-line in 2015.

On offense they will lose seniors such as running back Chase Brown, receivers David Parker and Preston Ochoa. On the offensive line, they will lose seniors Larry King, Coty Harper and Jaxon Taylor.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Broncos will bring back defensive lineman DeAntre Thomas and linebacker Cole Daniel. Defensive backs Kiante Miles, Carter Rees and Darion Richards will return to lead the Bronco D that shocked people across the state in 2014.

They will lose senior nose tackle Jordan Umphries, linebackers Zach Davis, Kaden Truelove, Cutter Smith and Dalton Good and safety Emilio Daugherty.

It’s always difficult replacing senior starters, but with the players Mustang has returning next season, there is no reason they shouldn’t be able to compete for the gold ball in 2015.

Perine reigns in the rain, OU throttles for Kansas

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By Sports editor Kyle Salomon,

Oklahoma beat Kansas 44-7 on Saturday, but the highlight of the game was freshman running back Samaje Perine.

The 5-foot-11, 243-pounder set the single-game NCAA rushing record with 427 yards on the ground on 34 carries with five touchdowns in the game.

Perine set the record one week after Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon broke LaDanian Tomlinson’s record. Gordon rushed for 408 yards last week against Nebraska.

The Sooners, ranked No.23, improved to 8-3 overall and 5-3 in the Big 12 Conference, while the Jayhawks fell to 3-8 overall and 1-7 in league play.

OU coach Bob Stoops talked about Perine after the game.

“I have to start with Samaje Perine. Perine was just sensational. The guy is just so exceptional in everything he does. It just got to that point where we were thinking about resting him and then someone said he only needs 38 more yards.

“That’s too close not to do it and there is still way too much time left in the game. Samaje overheard somebody say that and he told Coach Gundy, ‘Coach, that doesn’t matter to me.’ That’s how special he is. He went in there and ripped off another long run and fortunately we were able to get him out. He is really just a special guy. His timing, his pace, his strength, and then when he breaks it he runs away from everybody.”

The game was delayed an hour and a half from its original start time. The game was supposed to kick off at 11 a.m., but due to inclement weather in the Norman area, the start time was suspended until 12:30 p.m. and the game was mostly played in wet conditions at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

Oklahoma finished the day with 549 total yards of offense. Out of that 549, 517 of those yards came on the ground. OU had just 39 yards passing in the rainy conditions.

The Sooners had three turnovers in the game (two fumbles and one interception) and four penalties for 25 yards.

Following Perine on the ground was sophomore running back Keith Ford, who had eight carries for 36 yards in the game.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Cody Thomas was under center for the second consecutive week last Saturday, as starting QB Trevor Knight is still recovering from a neck and spine injury he sustained in the Baylor loss.

Thomas struggled in the soggy conditions, completing 3-of-13 passes for 39 yards. Perine was also the team’s leading receiver on the day with one reception for 19 yards. Junior receiver Durron Neal had one catch for 11 yards.

Sophomore linebacker Dominique Alexander led the defense in tackles with seven in the game.

Kansas finished the game with 103 total yards of offense, including 84 passing yards and 19 rushing. KU had two turnovers (one fumble and one interception) and two penalties for 20 yards.

Jayhawks running back Corey Avery led the team in rushing with 11 rushes for 38 yards. Quarterback Michael Cummings was 8-of-22 passing for 84 yards with one interception. Receiver Jimmay Mundine led the way through the air with three receptions for 27 yards.

KU linebacker Isaiah Johnson led the team in tackles with 12 in the game.

OU enters its third and final bye week of the 2014 season during Thanksgiving week. The Sooners will return to action on Dec. 6 at home in their final regular season game of the year as they host in-state rival Oklahoma State in the annual Bedlam game.

Pokes lose fifth-straight at Baylor, Rudolph impresses at QB

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By Sports editor Kyle Salomon,

Oklahoma State suffered its fifth consecutive loss of the season last Saturday in Waco with a 49-28 defeat at the hands of seventh-ranked Baylor.

The Cowboys fell to 5-6 overall and 3-5 in Big 12 Conference play. The Bears, who are still in contention for the college football playoffs, improved to 9-1 overall and 6-1 in league action.

In the Pokes’ five-game conference losing streak, it has been the slow starts that have been the most concerning. On Saturday, Baylor jumped out to a 14-0 lead before Oklahoma State knew what had hit them.

OSU woke up after going down two touchdowns, but on the road against a top-10 opponent, digging out of a two-touchdown hole makes it nearly impossible to mount a comeback.

The Cowboys cut the BU lead to 14-7 and 28-14, but that was as close as they would get as Baylor would record a 21-point victory.

“It’s almost like we realized that everything was going to be OK,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said. “I wish we would have started that way.”

The debate around the Oklahoma State camp all week was if Gundy would pull the redshirt off Mason Rudolph and play the true freshman with starting quarterback Daxx Garman being sidelined with a concussion.

Gundy chose to burn the redshirt and play Rudolph. The true freshman ended up with 281 yards passing, two touchdowns and two interceptions on 13-of-25 completions.

Oklahoma State finished the game with 397 total offensive yards, including 281 passing yards and 116 rushing yards. The ‘Pokes had two turnovers (two interceptions) and were penalized four times for 45 yards.

True freshman running back Tyreek Hill led the ‘Pokes on the ground in the game with 59 yards on 10 carries. Junior receiver and Mustang native David Glidden led the Cowboys through the air with five receptions for 99 yards and one touchdown.

Glidden said the young QB played well in his debut.

“You gotta give him a lot of credit,” receiver David Glidden said. “He put the ball on the money.”

Linebacker Ryan Simmons led in the OSU defense in the tackling department with 13 on the night.

Baylor finished the game with 579 total yards of offense, including 317 rushing yards and 262 passing yards. The Bears had two turnovers (two interceptions) and were penalized 12 times for 68 yards.

Quarterback Bryce Petty was 18-of-29 for 262 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Running back Shock Linwood led BU on the ground with 21 carries for 116 yards and one touchdown. Receiver Corey Coleman led the Bears through the air with three receptions for 75 yards and one touchdown.

Linebacker Bryce Hager led the Baylor defense in tackles with seven in the game.

Oklahoma State will have its third bye week of the 2014 season during Thanksgiving week before closing its regular season on Dec. 6 with a road trip to Norman for the annual Bedlam game. It will be OSU’s final chance to become bowl eligible.

Mustang looks to finish strong in second match up with Union

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By Sports editor Kyle Salomon,

Three weeks ago, Mustang entered the fourth quarter against No.1-ranked Tulsa Union with a 12-point lead, but an 18-0 run to end the game by the Redskins sent the Broncos home with yet another disappointing end to what could have been a program-defining win.

This Saturday at 1 p.m., the Broncos will get their second chance at the No.1 team in Class 6A-1, this time in the state semifinal round of the playoffs when the two teams collide at the University of Tulsa’s Chapman Stadium.

The other semifinal game will be played at 7 p.m. Friday night at TU between Jenks and Owasso. Mustang is the last standing west-side team in the largest football class in Oklahoma.

“We know until someone knocks them off, they (Union) are the No.1 team in the state,” Mustang coach Jeremy Dombek said. “We are going to have to play really well in all phases of the game. We will have a good week of practice and be ready to go on Saturday.”

In their Halloween night meeting, Union came back to defeat Mustang 30-24. The Broncos became the first west-side team in Class 6A-1 to beat an east-side school when they took out Broken Arrow 22-19 last Friday night on the road.

The Redskins hosted Edmond Memorial and had a much easier time in their quarterfinal matchup, as they drubbed the Bulldogs 59-28.Mustang Helmet copyUnion Helmet copy

Mustang enters Saturday’s game with an overall record of 8-3, while Union comes in at 10-1 and undefeated in the state of Oklahoma.

The Redskins’ one loss came in week one against South Lake Carroll in Texas, where they fell to one of the top teams in the nation, 42-41 in overtime. Since that opening-game loss, the ‘Skins are undefeated with their closest game being the six-point victory in Bronco Stadium.

Other than the Union loss, Mustang’s other two losses came against east-side schools. The Broncos dropped a heartbreaker at Owasso 28-24 after leading by 10 points midway through the fourth quarter and fell to Class 6A-2 Stillwater 35-26 in week two of the regular season.

Mustang comes into the game averaging 35.4 points per game, while allowing opponents 20.4 points per game this season.

The Broncos are averaging 441.6 total yards per outing and allowing 260.2 total yards to opponents. MHS is passing for an average of 236.7 yards and rushing for an average of 204.9 yards per contest. They are allowing 164.4 passing yards and 95.8 rushing yards on average defensively.

Mustang quarterback Chandler Garrett has completed 182 passes out of 302 attempts this season for 2,300 yards, with 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.Chandler Garrett Three

Bronco running back Chase Brown leads the team on the ground this season with 1,380 yards and 15 touchdowns on 229 carries.

MHS receiver David Parker is the team’s leading pass catcher this year with 45 receptions for 799 yards and seven touchdowns.

Union will go with either Mason Farquhar or Zach Fisher at quarterback against the Broncos. Farquhar has been the Redskins’ starting QB all season, but after sustaining an injury against Mustang, Fisher came in and led UHS to the comeback win.

Farquhar has completed 145 passes out of 219 attempts this season for 1,577 yards, with 16 touchdowns and five interceptions. Fisher has completed 14 passes out of 25 attempts for 326 yards, with three touchdowns and one interception.

In the rushing department, Tyler Adkins leads Union with 1,188 yards and 17 touchdowns on 167 carries.

Receiver Robert Thomas is the Redskins’ leading pass catcher this year with 716 yards and seven touchdowns on 70 receptions.

On defense for Union, Lorenzo Thomas leads in tackles with 73, Malon Aljiboori leads in sacks with 14, Brandon Golphin has the most interceptions with five and Chance Wenglewski has two fumble recoveries, which leads the team.

Who knows what Saturday’s semifinal game will bring, but if the first matchup was any indication, we are in for one heck of a game.

Swimmers dominate Ponca City meet

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By Sports editor Kyle Salomon,

Mustang’s swim teams competed in their third meet of the season on Nov. 13 at Ponca City High School.

Both the boys and girls teams took first place in the team competitions in the event. The boys team finished with a total score of 96, while the girls squad had 103 points.

Here are the individual Mustang results from the Ponca City meet:

In the girls 200-yard medley relay race, it was Mustang taking the top spot with a time of 2:14.45. That was good enough for a state qualifying time by the Lady Broncos. Hannah Kertzner, Lauren Oliver, Summer Chrismon and Samantha Jones made up the four-swimmer team for MHS.

In the boys 200-yard medley relay competition, the Broncos took first-place overall with a time of 1:56.89. That time was also good enough for a state qualifier. Drake Stowe, Zach McSwain, Chandler McDonald and Minh Nguyen swam the four legs in the relay race.

In the girls 200-yard freestyle race, Ryhan Deuel took first place with a time of 2:28.08 and Zoe Mills finished in fifth place with a time of 2:54.07.

In the boys 200-yard freestyle competition, Jacob Hesser finished in third-place overall with a time of 2:22.16.

In the girls 200-yard individual medley race, Brandi Naeher took the top spot with a time of 2:55.27.

In the boys 200-yard individual medley, Tucker Legg took first-place overall with a time of 2:37.80.

In the girls 50-yard freestyle event, Samantha Jones finished in first with a time of 26.91, which was a state qualifying time. Lauren Oliver placed second with a time of 28.62. Hannah Kertzner finished fourth overall with a time of 30.05 and Morgan Shirk took seventh place with a time of 31.22.

In the boys 50-yard freestyle race, Robert Coulter placed fourth overall with a time of 26.76 and Zach McSwain took fifth place with a time of 27.60.

In the girls 100-yard butterfly stroke, it was Summer Chrismon who took first-place overall with a time of 1:18.75.

In the boys 100-yard butterfly race, it was Chandler McDonald taking first place with a time of 1:09.27.

In the girls 100-yard freestyle event, Samantha Jones took first place with a time of 1:02.07. Hannah Kertzner finished second overall with a time of 1:04.49. Mazie Garza placed third overall with a time of 1:05.45 and Ryhan Deuel placed sixth with a time of 1:10.64.

In the boys 100-yard freestyle competition, Robert Coulter took second-place overall with a time 59.66 and Jacob Hesser finished in fourth place with a time of 1:02.26.

In the girls 500-yard freestyle race, it was Rachel Snodgrass taking second place with a time of 7:46.51.

In the boys 500-yard freestyle event, it was Minh Nguyen placing first overall with a time of 5:50.97. Drake Stowe took third place with a time of 6:41.60 and Chandler McDonald took fourth place with a time of 7:17.75.

In the girls 200-yard freestyle relay, the Lady Broncos placed first overall with a time of 2:01.80, which was a state qualifying time. Brandi Naeher, Morgan Shirk, Mazie Garza and Summer Chrismon made up the team.

In the boys 200-yard freestyle relay race, Mustang finished second with a time of 1:50.88. Robert Coulter, Max Mayfield, Jacob Hesser and Tucker Legg made up the squad for MHS.

In the girls 100-yard backstroke competition, it was Brandi Naeher finishing in second place with a time of 1:21.60. Summer Chrismon took third with a time of 1:24.33 and Zoe Mills placed fourth with a time of 1:31.56.

In the boys 100-yard backstroke race, it was Drake Stowe placing second overall with a time of 1:11.46 and Tucker Legg taking third with a time of 1:14.84.

In the girls 100-yard breaststroke, it was Mazie Garza who took second place with a time of 1:24.12 and Morgan Shirk taking fourth place with a time of 1:37.84.

In the boys 100-yard breaststroke race, Zach McSwain finished at the top spot with a time of 1:13.21. Minh Nguyen placed second with a time of 1:13.58 and Cooper Quinn took third-place overall with a time of 1:18.43.

In the girls 400-yard freestyle relay race, it was the Bronco girls taking first-place overall with a time of 4:29.12, which was a state qualifying time. Hannah Kertzner, Brandi Naeher, Lauren Oliver and Samantha Jones made up the four-swimmer team.

In the boys 400-yard freestyle relay event, it was Mustang taking first-place overall with a time of 4:07.52. Chandler McDonald, Drake Stowe, Zach McSwain and Minh Nguyen swam the four legs in the event.

Texas throttles Oklahoma State in Stillwater

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By Glen Miller,

STILLWATER – With an offense which sputtered for the better part of three periods, Oklahoma State University’s quest to become bowl eligible for a ninth straight season took a major hit.

The Cowboys were held to under 200 yards total offense for the first time since 2009 as the University of Texas rolled into Boone Pickens Stadium and handed OSU a 28-7 defeat.

The loss dropped Oklahoma State to 5-5 on the season and 3-4 in the Big 12 Conference standings. The Longhorns, meanwhile, became bowl eligible by improving to 6-5 overall and 5-3 in the league race with their eighth straight series win in Stillwater and ninth in the past 10 trips.

“I have a lot of confidence in where we’re at. It’s my responsibility to see who we are, see where we’re at, get the guys to play hard and keep everybody together. So I have a pretty good feel for most things that are going on.

“People would want you to panic, get upset and show frustration and anger, but I just don’t believe in that,” said OSU head coach Mike Gundy.

Oklahoma State managed only 34 total yards rushing on 23 attempts for an average of 1.5 yards per carry. Desmond Roland led the way for the Cowboys with five carries for 21 yards, while Tyreek Hill had 16 yards on eight carries.

Quarterback Daxx Garman rushed for 17 yards but was sacked seven times for a minus 27 yards, giving him a negative 10 yards for the game.

Garman was able to find success with the shorter routes, completing 17-of-29 passes with one interception for 158 yards. Mustang native David Glidden caught three passes for 31 yards, with a long catch of 25 yards.

“We had fight. It’s simple, though. Their front is really good right now, and it’s not a good matchup for us. When you get whipped, you can’t run the ball and you struggle in pass protection, it’s really hard to kind of identify things. We tried to move the ball around with some different formations, but they were able to contain us,” said Gundy.

The Cowboys’ lone scoring drive came in the fourth period as Garman completed 6-of-6 passes for 48 yards, which helped set up an 8-yard touchdown pass to James Washington.

Texas’ lead was cut to 22-7 at that point, but the Longhorns answered back with a 45-yard scoring strike. The effort was part of a 305-yard passing day from Texas quarterback Tyrone Swoops, who went 24-of-33 with no interceptions.

The Longhorns closed with 430 total yards of offense after rushing for 125 yards on 43 carries and one touchdown.

OSU heads to Baylor for stiff Big 12 test

The Cowboys will again try to become bowl eligible this Saturday, but in a much tougher setting when they travel to Waco to take on the Baylor Bears at 6:30 p.m. The game will be nationally televised by FOX.

Oklahoma State enters the game with a 5-5 overall record and 3-4 mark in the Big 12, while Baylor comes into the game with an 8-1 record overall and a Big 12 mark of 5-1.

The Bears’ last game was a blowout win in Norman over Oklahoma 48-14.

Oklahoma runs by Texas Tech in second half rout


By Sports editor Kyle Salomon,

Oklahoma used a strong second half behind freshman running back Samaje Perine to beat Texas Tech 42-30 in Lubbock.

The win propelled the Sooners to 7-3 overall this season with a 4-3 conference record. The Red Raiders fell to 3-7 and 1-6 in league play.

OU finished the day with 517 yards of offense and allowed Texas Tech to amass 486 yards in the game. Oklahoma rushed for 389 yards and passed for 133, while the Red Raiders passed for 393 and rushed 93 yards against the Sooners.

OU totaled 25 first downs in the contest, while TTU finished the night with 23 first downs. The Sooners had three turnovers compared to the Red Raiders with zero, and both teams were penalized nine times in the game. OU had 67 yards on penalties and Tech had 85.

Perine finished the night with 214 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 25 carries. It was the second time this season Perine has rushed for more than 200 yards.

Oklahoma quarterback Cody Thomas filled in for the injured Trevor Knight and completed 10 out of 20 passes for 133 yards, with one touchdown and three interceptions.

Sooner receiver Durron Neal finished the game with 57 receiving yards and one touchdown on four catches, and linebacker Jordan Evans totaled eight tackles for OU.

Texas Tech running back DeAndre Washington had 56 yards on 12 carries. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes finished the night with 393 yards on 27 completions out 50 attempts, with four touchdowns and no interceptions.

Red Raider receiver Ian Sadler had four catches for 89 yards and one touchdown in the game, while linebacker Nigel Bethel totaled eight tackles for TTU.

Sooners host up-start Kansas Saturday

Earlier in the season, this game was circled as an easy victory for OU against KU, but now that the game is two days away, the victory will have to be earned by Oklahoma.

The Sooners host the Jayhaws at 11 a.m. in Norman and will be nationally televised by Fox Sports One.

Kansas comes into the game with a 3-7 overall record and a 1-6 mark in conference play, but in their previous game they took top five TCU to the wire in a 34-30 loss at home to the Horned Frogs.

The Sooners are averaging 38.8 points per game this season, while allowing opponents 25.2 points per outing.

Oklahoma averages 479.3 total yards of offense this season and is allowing 409.9 yards of offense defensively. OU rushes for an average of 240.9 yards and passes for an average of 238.4 yards per game, while opponents pass for an average of 291.5 yards and rush for an average of 118.4 yards per contest against the Sooners.

Freshman running back Samaje Perine is leading on the ground this season for the Sooners with 180 carries for 1,014 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Trevor Knight is the leading passer for Oklahoma this year with 2,197 yards on 162 completions out of 279 attempts, with 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Sterling Shepard is the Sooners leading receiver this season with 50 receptions for 957 yards and five touchdowns, and linebacker Dominique Alexander is the team’s leading tackler with 86 this year.

Mustang takes out Broken Arrow, advances to semis


By Sports editor Kyle Salomon,

For the second consecutive year, Mustang and Broken Arrow met in the quarterfinal round of the postseason, but this year’s version went entirely different than last year’s 43-20 BA victory.

The No. 5 Broncos defeated the No. 4 Tigers 22-19 advancing to the semifinals and ending BA’s season. Mustang improved to 8-3 overall this season, while Broken Arrow closed their season at 7-4.

“In a way, we got the monkey off of our back with this win,” Mustang coach Jeremy Dombek said. “It got pretty crazy there at the end, but we were able to hold on. I’m really proud of this football team. This was a great win for our program.”

The Broncos went up 22-12 with 3:14 left in the game on a three-yard touchdown run from quarterback Chandler Garrett, but after losing double-digit fourth-quarter leads against east-side powers Owasso and Union during the regular season, no one on the MHS sideline was comfortable.11 Chandler Garrett Junior

Broken Arrow quickly answered and cut the lead to three points at 22-19 with 2:12 left to play on a 25-yard pass from quarterback Scotty Gilkey to receiver Josh Holiday.

Things got even more uncertain when the Tigers recovered the onside kick in Mustang’s territory. However, the third time was the charm for the Broncos against the east side, as the defense held strong and the three-point victory was sealed.

With the win over the Tigers, Mustang became the first west side school to beat an east side school in Class 6A-1 this season.

The Broncos will face Tulsa Union in the semifinals next week at the University of Tulsa’s Chapman Stadium. It will be the second time Mustang and the No. 1 ranked Redskins will face each other this season.

The two team’s first meeting was week nine at Mustang when the Broncos entered the fourth quarter with a 12-point lead on Union, but the Skins outscored MHS 18-0 in the final frame to go on to win the game.

Union didn’t have any trouble in their quarterfinal game as they drubbed Edmond Memorial 59-28. The other semifinal game will be between Jenks and Owasso making Mustang the last remaining west side team in 6A-1.

“We are really happy with this win tonight, but we know what next weekend is going to hold with Union,” Dombek said. “They are the No. 1 team in the state until someone knocks them off. We are going to have to play really well.”

Mustang finished the game with 321 total yards, including 177 rushing yards and 144 passing yards in the game.

The Broncos finished with 19 first downs and converted three out of 16 third down attempts, which is 19 percent against Broken Arrow’s defense.

MHS had one turnover on the night and had seven penalties for a total of 64 yards.

Garrett finished the night with 144 yards passing on 15 completions out of 26 attempts with no touchdowns. However, the junior quarterback had three rushing touchdowns and 61 yards on 14 carries.

“This was the biggest win for this program since that team that went to the semifinals several years ago,” Garrett said. “We just fought. Everyone did their job. We won this game as a team tonight.”

Running back Chase Brown had 113 yards rushing in the game on 23 carries and receiver David Parker had 70 yards receiving on six catches.

Mustang’s defense was solid in the game, as they held BA to 269 total yards, including 177 rushing yards and 92 passing yards.

“Our defense is awesome,” Garrett said. “Those guys have had a great year. They keep us in games. Without them, we don’t win tonight.”

The Bronco D held the Tigers to three third down conversions out of 15 attempts, which was good enough for 20 percent.

MHS also turned Broken Arrow over two times, while the Tigers had eight penalties for 82 yards.


Driskill earns spot on All-State cheer team

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By Sports editor Kyle Salomon,

When she was in seventh grade, Mustang senior Lindsey Driskill made the switch from gymnastics to cheerleading, and it was love at first sight.

Driskill had been doing gymnastics since she was 6 years old, but she said she decided it was time to move on to something else to keep her body healthy.

“I was burnt out on gymnastics,” Driskill said. “I had a bad back injury and school cheer was starting in seventh grade, so I decided to go ahead and make the switch. It came really easy for me because I could already tumble from my years doing gymnastics.”

Five years ago, Driskill decided to add one more element of cheer to her schedule when she joined Tribe Cheer, which is a popular competitive cheer organization in the Oklahoma City area.

Once Driskill joined Tribe Cheer, combined with her school cheer at Mustang, her cheerleading life took off to even higher measures. She was a part of numerous state and national championship level cheer teams with both Tribe and Mustang.LD Three

Coming into her senior year, there was one goal she had in mind, and that was to make All-State.

The process to make All-State as a cheerleader in Oklahoma is perhaps one of the toughest processes to go through out of any sport.

In order to qualify for the OSSAA Oklahoma All-State Cheer Team, you must be a senior in high school. Only three girls can be nominated from each school and just two can make it from each school.

The OSSAA requires at least one girl from each class in Oklahoma to be on the All-State cheer squad. The team is only made up of 16 members, so making the squad is a tough accomplishment.

Driskill was nominated by her coaches and sponsors. The MHS senior had to go through All-Region tryouts at Woodward High School several weeks ago and make the All-Region team before she moved on to the All-State tryouts last week.

Driskill was selected to the All-Region team, so on to All-State tryouts it was. The All-State tryouts took place at Jenks High School last week.

Driskill realized her dream and made the 2014-2015 Oklahoma High School All-State Cheerleading Team. She was one of four west-side girls to make the squad.

“I was just super surprised and really excited,” Driskill said. “I didn’t know what to expect when I went to the tryouts, but I was really happy.”

Driskill said she was coaching youth cheer at Reign Athletics in Mustang on Nov. 6 when she got the call.

“I started yelling and everyone was looking at me like, ‘What are you doing?’,” Driskill said. “I really couldn’t believe it.”

Driskill will now get to cheer at the 2015 All-State Games next summer. The squad will meet before the All-State football and basketball games and then cheer at both events. They will also get their All-State rings during the games as well.

The high school level will not be the final cheering destination for Driskill. The senior is planning on joining the Oklahoma State cheer squad next year when she attends OSU in Stillwater.

The tryouts for the Oklahoma State cheerleading team will take place in May. OSU has three cheer teams – the large co-ed team, which is the squad that cheers at the sporting events, the small co-ed team and the all-girl team.

Driskill said she plans on making the large co-ed team, so she can cheer at all the sporting events. The large co-ed cheer is also the three-time national champion.

Outside of the cheerleading world, Driskill said she wants to have a career in interpreting sign language for deaf students. She said she is planning on studying speech pathology at OSU and then studying American sign language after her time is up at OSU.

On top of her cheerleading duties for Mustang High School and Tribe Cheer, the Mustang Public Schools lifer has been a Mustang Bronco baseball manager for the past four seasons.

“I got into it because of my brother (Lane Driskill),” Driskill said. “He played, so I wanted to be around him and I loved doing it from the time I first started.”

Mustang cheer has a deep and proud tradition in its program’s history. There have been great individual cheerleaders and teams come out of Mustang, and Lindsey Driskill and this year’s cheer squad is another chapter of greatness in school history.

West side title hopes reside in Mustang

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For the past 18 seasons, the east side has dominated Class 6A football in the state of Oklahoma.

Class 6A was formed in 1996 and since that formation, Jenks and Tulsa Union have won every state championship on the gridiron. Jenks has won 11 titles and Union has won seven.

This year, the OSSAA decided to split up Class 6A into two divisions with the hopes of giving more large schools across the state a realistic chance at winning a state championship.

The 16 largest schools make up the Class 6A-1 division and the next 16 make up the Class 6A-2 division. Mustang, being the fifth largest school in the state and the largest west-side school, resides in the 6A-1 commentary new.qxd

There are four east-side schools in the 6A-1 class and 12 west-side schools. However, those four east-side schools have dominated the state in the past decade and even longer. Jenks, Union, Broken Arrow and Owasso have been widely considered to be the best four teams in the state throughout the year, but there is one team from the west side that has what it takes to stand up to the “power four” and make a statement.

That school is Mustang.

Not once but twice this season, the Broncos had a two-score lead on an east-side power, but costly mistakes doomed Mustang’s upset chances in those two games.

The first upset opportunity was in week eight of the season when the Broncos traveled to Owasso and held a 24-14 lead midway through the fourth quarter. Quick scores and turnovers by Mustang were all the Rams needed, as they mounted their comeback and came away with the victory over MHS.

The next missed opportunity from Mustang was the following week at home against the No.1 team in the state, Tulsa Union. The Broncos had the Redskins down 24-12 entering the fourth quarter at Bronco Stadium, but Union went on an 18-0 run to end the game and shocked the Mustang crowd with a 30-24 win over MHS.

Despite the tough losses, the message was sent loud and clear to the east side. For the first time in the history of Class 6A, the west side has a legitimate state championship contender in Mustang.

It is more than just the two games the Broncos played against the east side during the regular season, it is about who Mustang is as a team, and it all starts with Jeremy Dombek, their head coach.

From day one, Dombek made it clear to the Mustang community his goal was to win a state championship. No longer was just beating Yukon every year good enough around Bronco football.

Dombek believed this was a place where championships could be won, and he is proving that as we speak.

Of course, until Mustang goes and takes the gold ball away from the east side, nothing really matters, but he is building a program that can get it done.

For many years, west-side teams have tried to beat the east side by running spread offenses and playing faster than the bigger east-side schools. However, year-in and year-out, west teams would get crushed.

It was very similar to what you see when comparing the Big 12 and the SEC. The Big 12 with smaller players and spread offenses think they can run around the ferocious athletes of the SEC, when in reality, nine times out of 10 they can’t.

Dombek understands that, and he has come to a place where he can develop a football team and football program that can match up player for player with the east-side powerhouses.

I’m not a fortune teller, so I can’t predict whether or not this Mustang team can pull off a state championship this season, but I know one thing is for certain, the east side better be on alert, because the Broncos are ready for gold.