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Football: Mustang routed, 54-9 on nearly flawless effort from Norman North

Mustang's Damian Close (Jr.) is tackled after making a catch during the team's 54-9 loss to Norman North at Harve Collins Field Friday. (Photographer/Shelly Holinsworth)

Mustang’s Damian Close (Jr.) is tackled after making a catch during the team’s 54-9 loss to Norman North at Harve Collins Field Friday. (Photographer/Shelly Holinsworth)

NORMAN – Mustang faced a Norman North team that was not just high-powered and explosive on both sides of the ball Friday, it was nearly flawless.

The Broncos were straight routed, 54-9 at Harve Collins Field, allowing seven scores on 525 total yards, a kickoff return touchdown and two onside kick recoveries with four turnovers.

Mustang (3-2, 1-1) started strong, taking a 7-0 lead after a 57-yard drive capped by a one-yard touchdown run by Deontre Thomas (Sr.) on the game’s opening possession. However, it was all down hill from there.

North’s Drake Stoops returned the ensuing kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown, answering Mustang’s first punch. The Timberwolves (5-0, 2-0) then delivered two more blows as they recovered two straight onside kicks, leading to 14 points, a 20-7 lead and complete control momentum the rest of the way.

Mustang’s defense suffered most of the punishment, allowing quarterback Brandon Marquardt to dissect the secondary to the tune of 16-for-21 passing for 368 yards and six touchdowns, all in the first half. He hit six different targets, including Collin Klein seven times for 154 yards and a score and Stoops five times for 122 yards and two scores.

A 27-7 first quarter deficit seemed manageable for Mustang until North rolled off 27 more in the second. Marquardt and Stoops hooked up twice for touchdowns to start the period before Klein got in on the action with an 18-yard score. Charlie Kolar capped the onslaught with a 49-yard touchdown catch for a 54-0 lead at the break.

Each team played backups the majority of the second half. North’s run finally came to an end on a bad snap through the end zone, leading to a safety.

The Bronco offense was sharp at times, racking up 225 yards with limited time of possession. However, quarterback Brayden Garrett (Jr.) went just 5-for-12 for 65 yards with two picks while running back Carlos Thomas (Jr.) rushed for only 27 yards on what appeared to be a gimpy ankle. Chaz Meadows (So.) finished with 49 yards on eight carries while Caden Arthur (Sr.) finished with two catches for 37 yards, both team-highs on the night.

Mustang will look to bounce back next Friday against Edmond North (0-5, 0-2) at Bronco Stadium. The Huskies fell to Southmoore Friday, 58-28 at home. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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