A Walk(er) in the Park

Mustang can’t slow Walker and Stillwater in 62-21 loss

By Stan Moss
Contributing Writer

The Mustang Broncos were well aware of Stillwater running back Qwontrel Walker and his accomplishments going into Friday night’s game, but nobody saw this one coming. Walker and the rest of this senior-laden squad put the hurt on the Broncos by a score of 62-21 at Broncos Stadium.  The Pioneers turned a close game in the middle of the second quarter into a rout by halftime, and Walker performed as advertised. The senior carried the ball 24 times for 265 yards and became the first player in Class 6A history to run for 6,000 yards in a career.

Walker needed 51 yards to eclipse the mark, and he got that on the first play from scrimmage. Walker took a handoff and went up the middle 80 yards untouched to break the record and make the score 7-0 after the PAT.  Walker scored again, this time from three yards out with 4:13 remaining, making the score 14-0, and that was the score at the end of 1.

After a couple of changes of possession, the Broncos held Stillwater on downs and forced them to punt deep in their territory. The punt was blocked, and Mustang got the ball on the Stillwater 24. The Broncos went to their ‘Dirty Dom’ package, and senior Dominique Dunn scored Mustang’s first touchdown on a keeper from 16 yards out. Just like that, it was a 14-7 game with 8 minutes left to play in the first half.

Then the roof fell in on the Broncos. In a span of 5 minutes and 17 seconds, the Pioneers scored 28 unanswered points and put the game out of reach.  Mustang quarterbacks threw four interceptions on the night, including one that was returned for a 25-yard touchdown by Pioneer safety Tavoris McFadden. The teams went into the locker room with Stillwater leading by a score of 42-7.

The teams traded touchdowns to start the 3rd quarter, the Broncos getting another touchdown from Dunn (the Dom Dozer, the DomInator?), this time from one yard out. Sophomore backup quarterback Tristen Russell added a two-point conversion on a run from a ninja-style formation that worked beautifully. Stillwater added another touchdown in the 3rd quarter, making the score 55-15 Stillwater going into the final period.

Each team scored another touchdown in the fourth quarter, the Broncos getting theirs on a 2 yard plunge by sophomore Jay Bedford.
Dunn was all over the field, carrying the ball 23 times for 144 yard and making three catches for 41 yards. Bedford had 12 carries for 71 yards, and last weeks’ workhorse Devyn Martin appeared to be the player that the Pioneers wanted to slow down. Martin was held to 45 yards on 14 carries. The Broncos rushed for a respectable 284 yards as a team, but the passing game was limited to 64 yards and had four picks.

Broncos Head Coach Lee Blankenship consistently has the same post-game message, win or lose.

“It was a tough night, there’s no getting around it”, said Blankenship. “They are a very experienced team and our youth showed a little bit tonight. But everyone makes mistakes. It may be at home, at school, on the football field, or at your job and that’s ok. What matters most is the first thing you do after that mistake. That is what defines our character, and what defines ourselves. Tonight is over, and we can’t change that. What we do tomorrow will define us.”

The Broncos play their second of three straight home games on Friday night, when the Norman Tigers come to town for a non-district game at 7 p.m. at Broncos Stadium.

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