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Mustang magic
Mustang’s Frankie Edwards helped the Broncos to a win in the first round of the playoffs with a rushing touchdown with 0:28 to play at Norman North last Friday night. (Staff photo by Shelly Holinsworth)
By Derek Brown
Staff Writer

NORMAN – None of the Mustang players have experienced a playoff game going into the shootout at Norman North last Friday night. Even though the Broncos had a lack of experience in the postseason they remained poised, especially in the closing moments of the game.

With a 37-37 tie with 1:22 to go and Mustang at their own 35-yard-line, thoughts of taking a couple of knees and going into overtime had crossed the minds of some of the Mustang coaches. Given how the Broncos are 0-2 in extra time this season that thought was quickly forgotten. The Broncos mustered up a 65-yard drive that ended with a 17-yard Frankie Edwards rushing touchdown with 0:28 to play to give Mustang a 44-37 lead and eventually the victory.

“I told the kids before the game ‘this is not the final chapter in the 2013 season, we’re going to have to earn it’,” Mustang coach Jeremy Dombek said. 

Last Friday was the Broncos’ first playoff game in the past three seasons. Mustang had a senior class that had not seen a game beyond the regular season and had a young quarterback in sophomore Chandler Garrett. Although the youth did not hurt Mustang as they rose the occasion and handed the Timberwolves a 44-37 loss. Mustang will get to keep their equipment for at least one more week because of the win. MHS is one of the final eight teams in Class 6A still playing.

“We felt we had a good shot coming in,” Dombek said. “We’d been disappointed if we didn’t come here and get the win.”

The tie was setup by a 28-yard Norman North field goal by Jake Edzards with 1:26 to play. 

Mustang’s final drive was led by Garrett who hit Joey Snodgrass, Colton Hadlock and David Parker all for first downs. Edwards capped the impressive drive by the sophomore with an 17-yard dagger straight down the middle of the field to pay dirt. The touchdown will be remembered by Edwards.

“I just took off the whole way down and thought ‘Oh Lord, Oh Lord, Oh Lord.’ I’m just blessed. The offensive line did a great job tonight,” Edwards said.

With 0:28 remaining on the clock Norman North still had a heartbeat but Edwards knew that his final touchdown was the game-winner.

“It was the best feeling I think I’ve ever had in football. It could not have been any better. This was a blessing,” Edwards said. 

When Mustang got the ball back with 1:22 there were thoughts of taking a few knees and going into overtime. The decision to attempt a game-winning drive paid off for Mustang.

“I didn’t want. We’re 0-2 in overtime this year lets go win it right now and our kids made the plays,” Dombek said.

Mustang’s offense was balanced as far as yardage goes. But when it came to getting into the end zone it was all ground and pound. Mustang had 298 yards passing completing 30 of 39 attempts and 215 yards rushing on 50 running plays. The Broncos had five touchdowns on the ground and one through the air.

The Timberwolves also had success with 385 yards while completing 24 for 35 passes. Norman North had 129 yards running.

“We understood Norman North was going to come in and score points,” Dombek said. “I think defensively we played fairly well even though giving up 37 points.”

Mustang’s Edwards ended the game with 164 yards rushing with two touchdowns. He added one 30-yard pass for a score and five catches for 31 yards.

Hadlock had a nice night eclipsing the century mark with 12 catches for 143 yards and one touchdown.
Garrett had two rushing touchdowns and went 29 of 37 for 278 yards.

Chase Brown had just two carries but went 22 yards and one score. 

For Dombek and company their season continues on and has not only brought Mustang out of the playoff drought but also has kept the season alive with a quarterfinals appearance. 

Because Mustang, a No. 4 seed, has beaten Norman North, a No. 1 seed, the Broncos take over the No. 1 see and will host Broken Arrow on Friday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m.

“We know what a hard fought victory is like. We got through this one and we got through Southmoore so we’re just going to keep it going. We’re just going to keep our heads on straight and have a good practice this week,” Edwards said.

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