The Mustang Broncos hit the road on Friday night for their toughest test so far this season.
The unbeaten Broncos travel north to take on the Owasso Rams at Owasso Stadium, looking to move to 2-0 in Class 6A-1 District 2. Each team is coached by a Blankenship and each team has the talent and makeup for a deep playoff run.
The two teams have met six times over the last five seasons, including two straight wins by the Broncos in 2021 (47-41) and 2022 (27-17). Mustang is 4-0 in 2023, coming off a blowout win over rival Yukon. Owasso is 2-2, but with two losses to Bixby and Union – two of the state’s top teams.
As the two team’s prepare for Week 5, let’s dive into the matchup.
- WHO: Mustang Broncos (4-0, 1-0) vs Owasso Rams (2-2, 0-1)
- WHEN: Tonight at 7:30 p.m.
- WHERE: Owasso Stadium
- LAST MATCHUP: Mustang 27, Owasso 17 (2022)
- 2022 RECORDS: Mustang (8-3), Owasso (9-5)
- WATCH LIVE: Watch live at www.MHSBroncoSports.TV
- LISTEN LIVE: 99.7 The Wolf
The Broncos are led by quarterback Trajan Williamson (Jr.), who has racked up over 1,000 total yards and 14 total touchdowns through four games. He has passed for 676 yards with seven TDs and has rushed for 405 yards with seven scores.
Bryance Sanders (Sr.) leads the team’s backfield with 343 rushing yards and three scores. Jack Vaughn (Sr.), Taven Brown (Fr.), and Latin Everhart (Jr.) have all rushed for over 100 yards as well, combining for four touchdowns.
Jaden Johnson (So.) has been Mustang’s top receiving threat with 428 yards on 23 receptions. He has caught five touchdown passes, including two against Yukon last week. L.B. Hayes (Sr.) has caught two touchdowns and has totaled 137 yards on 13 total receptions.
Mustang’s defense is coming off a solid performance against Yukon. The Broncos allowed 409 total yards to the Millers, including just 3.5 yards per carry on 31 rushing attempts.
Linebacker Cooper Meadows (Sr.) leads the team with 67 total tackles through four games, including five for a loss. Safety Zach Warren (Sr.), who came away with an interception last week, is second on the team with 49 total tackles.
The team’s defensive line has been the anchor. Louie Jones (Jr.), who has four sacks, Michael Johnson (Sr.), and Russell Zolicoffer (Sr.) have been the mainstays up front. The trio combined for 14 tackles last week, including two sacks from Jones and one from Johnson.
Also watch for Kaden Bachus (So.), Jacob Blice (Sr.), and Parker Sorrell (So.), who combined for 13 tackles against the Millers.
Knox Dyson (Sr.) leads Owasso’s offense at quarterback, totaling 843 passing yards so far this season. He has a 69-percent completion percentage on 81 passing attempts with an average of 15 yards per completion. He has a 10-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio.
Dyson’s favorite two targets have been Deuce Chalk (Sr.) and J’Kharri Thomas (Sr.), who have combined for 652 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. Chalk has more yards (344) but Thomas has more receptions (26). Both have four TDs.
Owasso’s leading ball carrier, Jayson Moll (So.), has 231 rushing yards on 37 attempts this season. He has one of just three rushing touchdowns for the Rams. Cecil Garrett (So.) is second on the team with 107 yards.
Through three games, Ryker Ogg (Jr.) led the team with 19 total tackles. Kale Pennington (Sr.) was second with 18 and Lyric Wheeler (Sr.) was third with 17.
The Rams are giving up 36.5 points per game, including 55 to Union last week in a 23-point loss. They allowed 42 earlier this season to Bixby.
PREDICTION: MUSTANG 42, Owasso 24
Mustang was the better team last season and through four games has things rolling. The Rams are obviously well coached, but may not have the talent on defense to stop the Broncos.
Look for a lot of points tonight, but a Bronco victory as they move to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in district play.