High school scrimmage notebook: Mustang defense getting up to speed

Jeremy Dombek knew the defense would be the last piece of the puzzle when he took over at Mustang. His staff was putting in a completely new system, very different from what the Broncos had run in the past.
by Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh and Stephanie Kuzydym Published: August 22, 2013

Jeremy Dombek knew the defense would be the last piece of the puzzle when he took over at Mustang. It wasn't about talent or intelligence.

His staff was putting in a completely new system, very different from what the Broncos had run in the past, so Dombek knew there'd be a learning curve.

“There were a lot of mistakes, especially defensively, but we're not anywhere close to where we're going to be,” Dombek said. “We'll get there. We ended up making some plays and getting some turnovers.”

Mustang trailed Union 12-0 but fought back to forge a tie.

“The scoreboard doesn't mean anything right now,” Dombek said. “But we got in a hole and we kept fighting. That says a lot about the kids' character.”

Bombers still looking at quarterbacks

Midwest City coach Darrell Hall is still looking at three players for the quarterback job, though it was the youngest of the trio who stood out in Thursday night's scrimmage against Muskogee, a 19-0 Bomber win.

Brendan Brown, a 6-foot-3 sophomore, capped a pair of drives with touchdown passes early against Muskogee. Aaron McKinney, a lanky, athletic junior, moved the offense as well, but had a pair of drives end with turnovers.

“We're not good enough to turn the ball over,” Hall said. “We're a running team, so if we do that, it'll open up the pass for us. Our offensive line has come a long way.”

Union's Silmon primed for breakout year

At times, running back Justin Silmon was the forgotten man in Tulsa Union's offense last season, despite rushing for over 1,100 yards while splitting carries.

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by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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by Stephanie Kuzydym
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Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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