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Thunder and lightning too much for Lions

Broncos clinch home playoff game with 49-35 win over Moore

By Stan Moss
Contributing Writer

The Mustang Broncos needed a win badly on Friday night to assure themselves of a home game in the first round of the 6A-1 playoffs. The Broncos looked sharp on Friday, and came away with the victory over a tough Moore Lions team, 49-35 at Moore High School stadium.

Khary Brown scored five touchdowns and rushed for 152 yards in the come-from-behind win. Harvey Phillips plowed his way for 154 tough yards, the Thunder and Lightning duo proving to be a lethal combination for opponents yet again. Brown also caught three passes for 37 yards, giving him 189 yards of total offense for the game. Broncos Head Coach Lee Blankenship talked about his exceptional pair of running backs.

“Khary and Harvey are special, man,” said the coach. “They complement each other so well. Both players rushed for 150 yards on Friday night. Each week it seems like it is one or the other with the big night. It is almost poetic that in Week 10, they both have a huge night when we needed it the most.”

The first-year Broncos’ skipper couldn’t have been happier for his squad.

“I am so thrilled for our kids, said Blankenship. “They are completely bought in to our philosophy. Our kids kept the faith, stuck to our plan, played for one another and our community, and found a way to come back and win that game.”

The coach was happy to give Mustang such a successful season. “It is special for our community,” said the coach. “We play to honor our community. We love our home, and it is exciting for us to be able to play in front of our home crowd in the playoffs.”

The Broncos came back from 14 points down in the third quarter and dominated the fourth, shutting out the Lions 21-0 to nail down the victory.  Khary Brown scored three touchdowns in the quarter, on runs of five, five, and two yards. The Dollar Defense stiffened and didn’t give up a point in the last 23:41 of the game, and won the turnover battle 4-1, recovering two fumbles and picking off two passes.

Mustang scored quickly in the first, on a three yard plunge from wildcat quarterback Colt Humphrey. Moore answered a minute and a half later on a seven-yard run from Moore QB Daniel Hishaw, Jr. Mustang got another score from Humphrey on a three-yard keeper, and the quarter ended with Mustang on top, 14-7.

Moore got another score from Hishaw to open the second quarter scoring, this time on a four-yard scamper to tie the score at 14. Mustang was forced to put, and Hishaw scored his third TD of the game on a highlight reel 58 yard run. A minute later, Brown responded for the Broncos on a 58 yard run that showcased Brown’s blazing speed. With 3:00 left in the half, Hishaw scored again, this time from one yard out to put the Lions up 28-21 at the break.

The Lions opened the second half by driving the length of the field in 41 seconds, this time Hishaw connecting on a 61-yard pass to put the Lions ahead by 14. Both defenses settled down, and the teams exchanged punts for most of the quarter. But with 2:25 left in the third, the Broncos scored on a one yard run from Brown, making the score Moore 35, Mustang 28 going into the fourth quarter.

Blankenship had plenty of shoutouts to go around this week.

“Our defense faced some adversity in the first half,” said Blankenship. “The QB for Moore is one of the top college prospects in the state. Coach Dollar and his staff did an incredible job of settling our kids down and making a few minor adjustments that put us in a position to win. Koreion Hayden had a huge interception that led to a score. Colt Humphries had an outstanding game with a huge interception and another big fumble recovery that set up a score, Christian Rowland played well on the Defensive Line and had a huge fumble recovery. Jacobe Johnson was outstanding at the corner position. He had some big time bat downs and big hits. Brayden Jarman played an excellent game at the LB position. Late in the game, he made a huge hit on the Moore QB that forced a fumble and led to the go ahead score.”

The coach also had one more shout out that he saved until last.

“Shout out to our fans,” said Blankenship. “We traveled so well and were fired up the entire game. Our crowd really gave us a spark in the second half.”

The Broncos will play Jenks at 7:00 p.m. on Friday night at Broncos Stadium.

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