Football Week 3 Preview: Mustang looks to close out undefeated, non-district schedule against Stillwater

Garrett Kilpatrick (Sr.) brings down Norman running back Dillon Dougherty last week at Harve Collins Field. The Bronco front-seven should be a factor tonight against Stillwater at Bronco Stadium. (Photographer/Shelly Holinsworth)

Garrett Kilpatrick (Sr.) brings down Norman running back Dillon Dougherty last week at Harve Collins Field. The Bronco front-seven should be a factor tonight against Stillwater at Bronco Stadium. (Photographer/Shelly Holinsworth)

WHEN: Tonight at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Bronco Stadium at 801 S. Snyder Dr.

LAST MEETING: Mustang defeated Stillwater on the road last year, 41-14 in Week 2.

LAST WEEK: Mustang (2-0) cruised to its second win at Norman, 44-3 while Stillwater (1-1) fell at Moore, 16-7.

 

MUSTANG OFFENSE v. STILLWATER DEFENSE

Stillwater’s defense will pose more of a threat to the Broncos than Yukon and Norman in the first two weeks, returning eight starters from 2015.

Ping Harris (Sr.) sprints down field after catching at ball against Norman last week. Harris has become a factor in both Mustang's run-game and passing attack. (Photographer/Shelly Holinsworth)

Ping Harris (Sr.) sprints down field after catching at ball against Norman last week. Harris has become a factor in both Mustang’s run-game and passing attack. (Photographer/Shelly Holinsworth)

The Pioneers held two Class 6A opponents to 23 points combined in the first two weeks, defeating Edmond Memorial 24-7 in Week 1 and falling to Moore, 16-7 last week. The team features an experience secondary, including Christian Bahl, Brendan Goad and Garrett Lemming. Also, linebacker Tyler Disidore has made a name for himself early this season while leading the team in tackle.

Mustang’s offense this year has dominated in the run-game with Carlos Thomas (Jr.) and quarterback Brayden Garrett (Jr.). The Broncos are averaging 152.3 yards per game on the ground, Thomas leading the way with 243 yards in what amounts to two halves of play. The offensive line is quickly coming together and Garrett is allusive, presenting a challenge in Kyle Williams’ new read-option style offense. If the Broncos continue to pound the rock, it should continue to open up passing lanes for Garrett and the team’s talented group of receivers, including Ping Harris (Sr.) who has become an asset both on the ground and through the air.

MUSTANG DEFENSE v. STILLWATER OFFENSE

Stillwater’s offense plans to attack the middle with a stout rushing attack. Literally. The Pioneers rarely throw, relying on multiple rushers to get the job done. They rushed 60 times and didn’t pass once in Week 1 against Memorial then showed more balanced in Week 2 at Moore, passing 26 times for 113 yards. However, quarterback Jace Brownlee was picked off three times in the loss. Running back Josiah Castleberry leads the team with 274 yards and three touchdowns on 32 carries and should be Stillwater’s main threat.

Without Nebraska-commit defensive tackle Deontre Thomas (Sr.), Mustang held a stout Norman rushing attack to just 106 rushing yards on 36 carries last week. The unit should know what to expect. Darion Richards (Sr.) is still missing in the secondary as he and Thomas serve the final game of suspensions handed down after being ejected in Week 1 at Yukon. For the second straight week, the defensive line and linebackers will be Mustang’s players to watch, including defensive tackle Michael Bachus (Sr.) who has filled in nicely for Thomas. If they stay disciplined and hot, the Broncos should cruise.

PREDICTION

Missing Thomas and Richards should sting more this week than last week at Norman. However, Mustang’s defense has proven they can handle a strong rushing attack even without its horse in the middle. Also, this will be the biggest, most athletic defense the Broncos have seen so far in 2016.

It will be a challenge however Mustang’s talent and coaching should win out. Not to mention the momentum from the first two weeks and a blowout road win in last year’s matchup. Broncos cruise to 3-0 as they get set for district-play starting next week.

MUSTANG 34, STILLWATER 10

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