The Mustang Broncos travel to Edmond tonight to take on the Edmond Santa Fe Wolves in Game 3 of district play.
The Broncos (4-1, 2-0) are riding a three-game win streak, including a 27-17 victory over Owasso last week at home. The Wolves (0-5, 0-2) have lost five straight to start the season and are coming off a 36-35 loss to rival Edmond North.
Mustang knocked Santa Fe out of the Class 6A playoffs last season, but tonight’s matchup marks the first time the teams have met in the regular season since 2019 – a 24-21 Broncos win.
- WHO: Mustang Broncos (4-1, 2-0) v. Edmond Santa Fe Wolves (0-5, 0-2)
- WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, at 7 p.m. CT
- WHERE: Edmond Santa Fe Stadium at 1901 W 15th St. in Edmond
- WHERE TO WATCH: www.MHSBroncoSports.tv
- WHERE TO LISTEN: 99.7 HANK FM
- WHERE TO FOLLOW: Facebook.com/MustangSportsReview & on Twitter @MustangReview
BY THE NUMBERS – MUSTANG OFFENSE
The Broncos are averaging over 517 yards per game offensively, including 1,539 total through the air and 1,048 on the ground.
Quarterback Tristen Russell (Sr.) has been lights out midway through the season, completing 73-percent of his passes for 1,483 yards and 17 touchdowns. He has also rushed for 198 yards and a score.
Receivers Jacobe Johnson (Sr.) and Keegan Bass (Sr.) have been the go-to targets for Russell. Johnson leads the team in receiving yards with 553 while Bass leads the team in receptions with 31. Johnson has nine touchdown receptions while Bass has six.
LeBryan Hayes (Jr.) has also been a vital member of the passing game with 23 receptions for 244 yards.
Mustang has five players who have cracked the 175-yard mark rushing this season, including Russell and running back Jay Bedford (Sr.).
Bedford leads the team with 323 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Antone Prince (Sr.) has rushed for 186 yards and Pryce Burgess has tallied 179.
BY THE NUMBERS – MUSTANG DEFENSE
Mustang is allowing just 271 total yards per game so far this season, including an average of 129 on the ground and 143 through the air.
The Broncos gave up just 282 yards last week to Owasso – 141 rushing and 141 passing.
Mustang’s defensive front has been outstanding. Elijah Garcia (Sr.), Kaden Jones (Sr.), and Russell Zollicofer (Jr.) have led the way, combining for 99 total tackles, 8.5 sacks, and 10 quarterback hurries. Garcia has recorded a team-high 5.5 sacks.
Hudson Conrad (Sr.), Jaxon Bobbitt (Sr.), and Caston Meadows (Jr.) have led the linebacker unit, combining for 114 total tackles and 5.5 sacks. Conrad leads the team with 44 tackles.
Trevor Price (Sr.) and Zach Warren (Jr.) lead the way at the safety positions. The two have combined for 69 total tackles and an interception by Warren. Miguel Vera (Sr.) has added 43 tackles from the defensive backfield.
Johnson and Waleed Gaines Jr. (So.) both have interceptions from the corner back positions. The duo has combined for 41 tackles as well.
BY THE NUMBERS – EDMOND SANTA FE
The Wolves are averaging just over 18 points per game while allowing just over 28.
This will be the team’s first home game in three weeks after traveling to Edmond North, Edmond Memorial, and Choctaw. Santa Fe opened the season at home against Jenks and barley lost 13-10.
The Wolves gave up 452 yards to Edmond North last week, including 318 through the air and 134 on the ground. They gave up 340 yards to Edmond Memorial in Week 4.
Edmond Santa Fe had four players selected to the preseason All-Vype team for Class 6A-I, including offensive lineman Jon Ashford (Sr.), linebackers Bergin Kysar (Sr.), Chris Fitzpatrick (Sr.), and athlete Demarius Robinson (So.).
Robinson rushed for 1,482 yards in just nine games last year as a freshman. Fitzpatrick led the defense with 127 tackles as a junior.
PREDICTION: MUSTANG 34, EDMOND SANTA FE 10
Mustang’s offense will be too much for an underrated Santa Fe defense. It will be interesting to see how the Broncos bottle up Robinson defensively, but they should be too much for the Wolves overall.
The Broncos move to 5-1 and 3-0 in district play.