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.”

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