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Union’s Ashton Fowler, JT Fridrich and Issac Covington (left to right) tackle Mustang’s Trajan Williamson during the game at Union Tuttle Stadium in Tulsa on Friday, Oct. 13. Photo by Brett ROJO | For the Tulsa World

Tulsa Union hands Mustang third straight loss

By Michael Kinney
Contributing Writer

After starting the season 4-0, the Mustang football team has hit a bit of turbulence. They entered last week having dropped back to back games and needed a win at powerhouse Tulsa Union to end the slide.

While the odds were slightly stacked against them, the Broncos went into the game looking to pull off the upset and right their ship. Unfortunately for MHS, neither happened as they lost 46-7 at Union.

In their past three outings, the Broncos have now been outscored 156 to 59.

“Our kids came out and honestly battled hard,” Mustang coach Lee Blankenship said. “Defense had a good game plan. We faced some adversity in the first half. Trajan (Williamson) came out of the game and it just kind of fell apart for us for then We turned the ball over few times. We gave our opponents the ball on their own side of the field too many times to be able to win the game.”

Yet, when the night started, it was the Broncos who struck first. Williamson scored on a 1-yard touchdown run on the game’s opening drive.

Union, who was playing without starting quarterback Shaker Reisig, answered on their first possession and tied the game at 7-7.

Williamson suffered an injury to his arm and left the game. He was replaced by freshman quarterback Tyson Pogi, who threw an interception on his first pass attempt.

The Redhawks took the lead at the start of the second quarter and led 24-7 at halftime.

“It was actually a tight game there for the majority of the first half and they pulled away right there in the second half,” Blankenship said. “What I did love about our kids was that even with the adversity, they just played the next play and they battled their tails off. We had a chance early and I was proud of that.”

Union shut out the Broncos in the second half and rolled to a convincing victory.

As with their losses to Owasso and Edmond Santa Fe, there was a common thread through all three games, according to Blankenship.

“Huge offensive and defensive lines. Guys that are just a little bit bigger than us upfront,” said Blankenship. “Our opponents have just been extremely experienced and a little bit bigger than us, to be honest with you. We have been a little bit outmatched in certain areas and especially in experience. Those three teams are really, really good football teams. Having to play them three in a row is a tough draw for us, but we still got everything in front of us.”

Mustang’s Waleed Gaines runs a kickoff return during the game against Union at Union Tuttle Stadium in Tulsa on Oct. 13. Photo by Brett ROJO | For the Tulsa World

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