By Brody Feldmann
MOORE– A battle between the Broncos and Sabercats ended in the Broncos second win of the season and first win in district play.
“Number one it is really good to get a win. Any time you can get a win it is a positive,” said offensive coordinator Aso Pogi.
Mustang faced off against some former Mustang Broncos. Ty Prestidge is the Sabercats offensive coordinator, Cole Prestidge (Ty’s son) is the offensive line coach and Rod Henning is the defensive coordinator.
Ty Prestidge was the head coach at Mustang from 2007-2013, Henning coached many years at Mustang on the defensive side of the ball and Cole Prestidge graduated from Mustang and was a member of the Broncos’ state runner-up team in 2005.
But, as of the action on the field on this night it was anything but pretty. Mustang finished the night with 19 penalties, 17 of which were false starts, for 112 yards.
“I’m not even going to drive excuses here. The crap was p*** poor, and that’s all it is,” said Pogi. “I had never seen it, never been a part of it. But, I saw it tonight though. It is embarrassing, not for the fans or anything like that. It’s embarrassing for the kids after having a week of clean practices.”
Mustang fumbled twice, losing one, while Southmoore fumbled twice and lost both. The Broncos punted seven times for an average of 34 yards, and Southmoore punted six times with an average of 35 yards.
The lone fumble that was lost from Mustang hurt, as Southmoore returned the turnover 66 yards for a touchdown on a botched snap. The Sabercats missed the point after attempt making the lead 13-0 with 4:55 to go in the first quarter.
Mustang, which was still asleep for most of the first quarter, finally woke up late in the quarter when Khary Brown capped a long offensive drive with a nine-yard touchdown run. The point after attempt was good from Kory Soulinthavong, pulling the Broncos to within six at 13-7.
“We have to keep finding a way to get Khary and Dominik the ball,” said coach Jeremy Dombek.
That’s where the first half would end, 13-7, before Dominik Venegas would open the second half with fireworks.
Venegas received the kickoff at the one-yard line, darted right, made one man miss, turned on the burners and put the kicker on skates on his way to a 99-yard receiving touchdown to give the Broncos a 14-13 lead. Another botched snap, this one on the point after attempt, ended in two points for the Broncos thanks to a successful fire drill. Southmoore took the lead back just minutes later with a 43-yard field goal, giving it the most points it has scored all season in one game, 16.
Mustang was forced to punt on its next drive, but thanks to a muffed punt, they had a second life on the drive.
Mustang capitalized with a 26-yard touchdown run from Chaz Meadows.
The Broncos would get on the board for one more touchdown on a quarterback sneak from Haden White with 6:24 to go in the game, giving the Broncos a 28-16 lead.
“We have to find an offense to go with the defense or we won’t go very far. It’s that simple,” said Dombek.
Mustang would hold on to that score, improving to one win in district play. Mustang hosts Edmond North on Friday with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m. at Bronco Stadium.