By Michael Kinney
For the past month, Mustang has been in a payoff situation. Every game presents the possibility of being knocked out of postseason contention.
When they lost to Moore earlier in the month, it looked like their season was over. But after bullying Southmoore Thursday in a 28-0 victory, the Broncos find themselves in a win or go home situation.
The only problem is in order to lock up a playoff spot, Mustang has to take down the biggest bully on the block in, Tulsa Union.
Mustang travels to Tulsa Friday in the final game of the regular season. Kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m. at Union Tuttle Stadium.
The Redskins (9-0, 6-0 District 6A 1-II) are coming off a 41-3 win over Putnam City North.
Union leads all of 6A-1 with a scoring average of 45.1 points per game. They are also No. 1 in points allowed at 16.2.
Mustang knows they have their hands are full and the odds are stacked against them trying to hand the Redskins their first defeat since Oct. 14 of 2016. But the players feel they have a chance to pull off the upset.
“We have to be dogs,” senior Blake Russell said. “We have to fight. We have to bring that juice. We have to be dirty. We have to be dirty all week, even to our own defense. We are going to be ready (Union) is going to have a game.”
Against Southmoore, Mustang jumped on the scoreboard first midway through the first quarter. After pinning the SaberCats on their four-yard line, Southmoore was forced to punt.
However, the punt only went 13 yards and Dominik Venegas returned it 17 yards for a score.
Then with 1:26 left on the clock, Damien Close scored again on a 10-yard pass from quarterback Brayden Garrett. Mustang led 14-0 heading into the second quarter.
Southmoore’s offense was unable to do anything against the Bronco in the opening quarter. They had a total of 37 yards in first 12 minutes.
It wasn’t until the second quarter that the SaberCats start to have success against the Broncos. Led by quarterback Dayden Scott, Southmoore drove into MHS territory. They wound up with 4th and 4 on the 15-yard line. Southmoore went for it, but fumbled the ball when the snap hit a wide receiver going in motion. Mustang took over on the 34-yard line.
However, after scoring on their first two drives, Mustang didn’t reach the end zone the rest of the first half as they led 14-0.
Mustang started the second half with a 65 yard drive. It concluded with Garrett throwing a 12 yard strike to Mason Lowe for a score. The Broncos went ahead 21-0.
Carlos Thomas got into the scoring column near the end of the third quarter when he busted through the line of scrimmage and into the end zone 15 yards later to put the contest away.
“We made little mistakes. Mistakes that can be fixed in practice,” Russell said. “I feel like offensively, we can play a whole lot better. To a 0-8 team, we played to their level. We can’t do that. Defense played phenomenal. We have to give our defense most of the credit.”