WHEN: Tonight at 7 p.m.
WHERE: Harve Collins Field at 911 W. Main St. in Norman
LAST MEETING: Mustang defeated Norman, 34-14 in Week 4 of 2012
LAST WEEK: Mustang (1-0) dominated at Yukon, opening the season with a 42-20 win. Norman (0-1) was shut out by cross-town rival Norman North, 58-0 at Oklahoma University.
MUSTANG OFFENSE v. NORMAN DEFENSE
The Tigers present a 3-4 scheme under new defensive coordinator Tom Morrison. They gave up 550 yards to Norman North in Week 1 and nearly 40 points per game in 2015. Although the stats don’t back them up, they are an experienced group led by defensive tackle David Ray (6-2, 285, Sr.), linebackers Dionta Defreeze (5-10, 205, Sr.) and Gaylan Randle (6-1, 215, Jr.) and cornerback JJ Schied (6-0, 170, Sr.).
Mustang’s offense put together a solid performance in Week 1 at Yukon, totaling 319 yards basically all in the first half while hanging 42 points. Quarterback Brayden Garrett (Jr.) and running back Carlos Thomas (Jr.) will make their second varsity starts in the backfield and could each have a second straight big week against a Norman defense that allowed 315 yards passing and 240 yards rushing in Week 1. The offensive line will have a tough task, especially center Blake Russell (Jr.) who will be handling Ray most of the game. Also, Mason Lowe (Jr.) showed off his track star speed with two receptions for 92 yards and a touchdown against Yukon. With a number of targets, Lowe should get his as well as possibly Ping Harris (Sr.) and Caden Arthur (Sr.).
MUSTANG DEFENSE v. NORMAN OFFENSE
The Tigers were held to 51 total yards against Norman North in Week 1. However, running back Dillon Dougherty (Sr.) is a load and could present a challenge as Mustang defensive tackle and Nebraska-commit Deontre Thomas (Sr.) sits for his first of a two-game suspension after being ejected in the first quarter last week at Yukon.
Michael Bachus (Sr.) filled Thomas’ shoes for most of Mustang’s first game and will be relied upon to stop what could be a stout Norman rushing attack. Linebackers Case Woodard (Sr.) and Cameron DeHart (Sr.) could each play a major role as well. Also, will Norman attack Mustang’s pass defense with cornerback Darion Richards (Sr.) also serving a two-game suspension? If so, watch out for Dominik Venegas (So.) who picked off Yukon quarterback Trevor Smith in his varsity debut.
Even with two key players missing on defense, Mustang should cruise to its second win. Garrett and Thomas will be even more comfortable after getting their debuts out of the way last week. Mustang’s defense should be fine and after holding Yukon to 213 total yards, should have an even better performance.
MUSTANG 49, NORMAN 7