It’s been a roller coaster ride for Mustang this season.
Playing in a mammoth district has its ups and downs. After a blowout loss at Norman North last week, the Broncos (4-2, 2-1) hit a dive drop. But with a 58-21 win over Edmond North (0-6, 0-3) at home Friday, they are now back on the lift hill.
“It was an eye-opener,” Mustang senior safety Carter Rees said of last week’s loss. “We couldn’t lose this game because if we did, we’re not going to the playoffs. That was in the back of our minds.
“Hopefully it keeps going up from here on out.”
Offensively, Mustang’s read-option attack was stout – in large part due to junior quarterback Brayden Garrett’s decision making. And in large part due to him keeping the ball.
Garrett tallied 178 rushing yards on eight carries with two touchdowns. Combined with junior tailback Carlos Thomas’ 133 yards and two scores, the duo packed a powerful 1-2 punch.
Thomas scored first, punching in a four-yard touchdown run for a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. Garrett opened the game by throwing an interception on the first play from scrimmage, but made good, scoring twice in the second for a 21-0 lead before the Huskies cut it to 21-6 just before halftime.
“We had to stay within ourselves,” Garrett said after the game. “We worked on it over and over in practice this week. The read-option is definitely our thing. When the pass is there, take it and when the run is there, take that. Let the defense make their mistake and just pick on it.”
Thomas capitalized in the third, scoring on a 25-yard run to extend Mustang’s lead to 28-6. Garrett followed up with two straight touchdown passes on the team’s following two drives, once to Damian Close (Jr.) for 10 yards and once to Caden Arthur (Sr.) for 11 yards and a 42-6 lead.
Mustang’s defense, which forced three turnovers in its bounce-back performance, got in on the action early in the fourth period. Darion Richards (Sr.) intercepted Will Appling and returned it 52 yards for a touchdown and a 48-14 lead after a blocked extra-point. The Broncos allowed just 268 yards, held the Huskies to 2-for-13 on third down, blocked a field goal and an extra-point and sacked North quarterbacks six times.
“It’s just effort in itself,” Rees, who also finished with an interception and a blocked field goal, said of the difference between the last two games. “Tackling, knowing your keys and knowing what to do on defense. Do your job and don’t try to do anyone else’s.”
After a score by Edmond North’s Alex Smith, the Broncos capped the route on an 18-yard touchdown run by Chaz Meadows (So.).
“It’s been up and down these last few weeks,” Mustang coach Jeremy Dombek told his team after the win. “We’re moving up and now we have to keep it that way.”
Mustang travels to Moore (3-3, 1-2) next Thursday at 7 p.m. The Lions fell to Union, 51-3 in Tulsa Friday.