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Chandler Garrett looks to avoid a tackle last Friday night at Bronco Stadium against Broken Arrow. (Staff photo by Shelly Holinsworth)
 
By Derek Brown
Staff Writer

The weather accurately depicted how Mustang felt after hosting Broken Arrow last Friday night at Bronco Stadium in the state quarterfinals.

The dark, wet, iced turf, windy, and cold night ended just the way it began. Broken Arrow held off the Broncos 43-20. The loss sent Mustang into the offseason with a feeling of darkness and coldness, just the way the game
began.

“In the end we just didn’t make the plays and they [Broken Arrow] did,” Mustang coach Jeremy Dombek said.

The Broncos needed a break as they saw the clock counting down towards the end of their season. Mustang got that break when the Bronco defense sacked Broken Arrow quarterback Coleman Key in the third quarter with 3:36 for a safety. The play cut the Tigers’ lead to 34-20 with 3:36 remaining in the third quarter. Mustang however could not capitalize in the red zone and would eventually lose 43-20. 

Mustang was able to move the football much more effectively than the Class 6A No. 3 Broken Arrow. MHS had 306 yards rushing and 133 yards through the air. Broken Arrow had 184 yards on the turf and just 53 yards passing. Mustang had 26 first downs, compared to the Tigers’ 16. 

All of that did not matter because the Broncos gave up field position and could not punch the football across the white line while in scoring position.

Mustang got into Broken Arrow’s 30-yard line consistently but four times they came away with zero points.

“In red zone scoring we weren’t very good,” Dombek said. “We got close and couldn’t put the ball in the end zone a number of times.”

It was no question what Broken Arrow was effective with last Friday night. The running game led the Tigers into the state semifinals while running six touchdowns on the night.

Oklahoma State University commit Devon Thomas led the Tigers with 92 yard and two touchdowns on 17 attempts. Broken Arrow showed their depth in the smash mouth game while having five players finding pay dirt.

Mustang’s Frankie Edwards had to play many positions on the ice covered turf as Chandler Garrett was suffering with a nagging ankle injury. Edwards, in his final game of his high school career, had 238 yards running with two touchdowns and had 36 yards receiving on five receptions. Edwards also went 5 for 13 for 38 yards. The senior also had a 31 yard punt.

“It’s been a true pleasure watching him perform this season,” Dombek said. “He’s [Edwards] is one of the best players I’ve ever coached. I’ve coached some great players and some in the NFL. He’s as exciting and tough and gritty as a football player as I’ve ever had.”

Fellow senior Colton Hadlock had 47 yards receiving to lead the game on six receptions. 

Chase Brown ran with a lot of confidence when inserted as a tailback. Brown had 57 yards with a score on just
five carries. 

Garrett went 12 of 24 for 95 yards and one interception.

The 2013-2014 senior class experienced the playoffs just one year and in their first game they beat a No. 1 seed on the road to be able to host a quarterfinals game. The success will be remembered by that group and many others.

“I think I’m just so proud of our kids, our seniors especially. They’ve never experienced anything like this,” Dombek said. “I think our overall program is going to benefit from this.”

The loss ended the Broncos’ season and Dombek’s first campaign at the helm of Mustang. However the future does look bright as new defensive coordinator, Mark Yates, has set the precedent as far as defense is concerned.

Having hosted a quarterfinal playoff game following a two-year drought of getting into the postseason, the Broncos feel that they are back on track to do special things in the future.

Mustang and Class 6A’s schedule will change drastically as the Broncos will have two teams on the east side of the state in the district. The Broncos and 15 other large schools will compete in the large Class 6A next season.

“It’s going to be a little bit different,” Dombek said. “Our district this year I thought was tough week in and week out. It won’t be any different. We played a lot of young players. We’ll be a more experienced football team next year.”

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