The Mustang Broncos continue district action tonight against the Owasso Rams at Bronco Stadium.
The Broncos (3-1, 1-0) enter the matchup riding a two-game win streak, including a 52-13 blowout win over Canadian County rival Yukon last Friday. The Rams (1-3, 0-1) come to town off a 35-17 loss to Union.
Mustang looks to keep rolling and improve to 2-0 in district play while Owasso tries to rebound and right its ship after a brutal stretch to start the season.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Check out the game preview:
- WHO: Mustang Broncos (3-1, 1-0) v. Owasso Rams (1-3, 0-1)
- WHEN: Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, at 7 p.m. CT
- WHERE: Bronco Stadium at 430 W Forster Dr. in Mustang
- WHERE TO WATCH: www.MHSBroncoSports.tv
- WHERE TO LISTEN: 99.7 HANK FM
- WHERE TO FOLLOW: Facebook.com/MustangSportsReview & on Twitter @MustangReview
Mustang’s offense is on fire four games into the season.
The Broncos are averaging 553 yards per game, including over 325 yards per game through the air.
Quarterback Tristen Russell (Sr.) has passed for 1,293 yards with 16 touchdowns and has an incredible completion percentage of 77-percent. He has also rushed for 126 yards and a score.
Receivers Jacobe Johnson (Sr.) and Keegan Bass (Sr.) have been Russell’s main targets, combining for 48 receptions for 927 yards and 13 touchdowns. Johnson has 22 catches for 501 yards and eight scores while Bass has 26 catches for 426 yards and five touchdowns.
Jay Bedford (Sr.) and a stable of backs have led the Mustang rushing attack.
Bedford leads the team with 314 yards and two scores. Antone Prince (Sr.) is second on the team with 171 yards, just ahead of Pryce Burgess (Sr.) with 168. The Broncos are averaging over 228 yards per game on the ground and 5.7 yards per carry.
Mustang’s defense is allowing 19 points per game and has been stellar through four games. Even in the team’s only loss, the Broncos allowed just 24 points to a Deer Creek team that has averaged 42 points in its other three games.
Free safety Zach Warren leads the team with 35 total tackles. He also has an interception and one forced fumble. Linebacker Hudson Conrad (Sr.) is second on the team with 34 total tackles and has a pick with two sacks.
Watch for Mustang’s defense to be active in pass defense as the Rams likely try to attack through the air. Johnson and Qualon Perry (Jr.) will likely be tested on the outside.
Also watch for defensive linemen Elijah Garcia (Sr.), Kaden Jones (Sr.), and Russell Zollicofer (Jr.) to cause havoc in the Rams’ backfield. The trio has combined for 6.5 sacks so far this season.
The Rams are averaging 202 passing yards and 105.8 rushing yards per game in 2022.
Quarterback Mason Willingham (Sr.) leads the team in both passing and rushing.
Willingham has thrown for 808 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions and has rushed for 223 yards with two scores. He averages 5.2 yards per carry and 11.1 yards per completion.
With star receiver and Alabama-commit Cole Adams on the shelf for the rest of the season, Willingham has been forced to distribute the ball more.
Three Rams have at least 16 receptions this season, including Anthony Hills (Sr.), J’Kharri Thomas (Jr.), and Tariek Johnson (So.). Hills leads the team with 309 receiving yards with two touchdowns.
Johnson is second on the team in rushing with 71 yards on 22 carries with one touchdown.
The Rams are allowing 31 points per game overall. They gave up 49 points to Bixby in Week 1 and 35 to Union last week, but only allowed 14 to Jenks and 26 to Broken Arrow.
Jake Adams (Sr.) was the team’s leading tackler last season at free safety. Also watch for linebacker Braeden Foster (Sr.) and defensive lineman Tyler Rich (Jr.) to have big games if Owasso has any chance at stopping Mustang’s high-powered offense.
PREDICTION: MUSTANG 28, OWASSO 24
Mustang has been great on both sides of the ball this season and is riding the momentum off a blowout win over Yukon in its district opener.
Owasso is without its overall best player for the rest of the year and hasn’t quite been able to build any momentum due to a brutal schedule.
The Broncos move to 2-0 in district play with a close win and knock off the Rams for a second straight season.