WARR ACRES — Heavy rain and a passing offense don't mix well, so Mustang had to step out of character Thursday night at Putnam City Stadium.
Turns out, the Broncos can run the ball, too.
Mustang (1-1) rushed for 398 yards on 51 carries on its way to a 41-28 victory over Putnam City North (0-2).
After the usually high-powered Bronco offense posted only 16 points in its season-opening loss to Yukon last Friday, this week felt more comfortable.
“We felt more confident tonight,” said senior running back Cutter Smith, who had 133 yards and a touchdown on 21 rushes. “It feels like we can run or pass if we need to. Our offensive line just blocked incredible. They opened holes and we just had to get to them.”
Quarterback Frankie Edwards rushed for 178 yards and two touchdowns on 15 attempts, while throwing for another 184 yards. The passing game was picking up big yardage — 73 yards on his first five completions — until the heavy rainstorm hit. At that point, the offense turned to the ground game.
“That ball was heavy,” Edwards said, shaking his head. “It felt like I was shot-putting.
“But this showed us how well we can run the ball, and gave us confidence in the run game, in addition to the passing game.”
The game had to be stopped for nearly an hour when lightning moved into the area midway through the second quarter, but it didn't slow the Bronco offense, which ultimately finished with 582 total yards.
After a stagnant three quarters, Putnam City North found its offensive spark — in quarterback Chase Sparks. He led the Panthers on three scoring drives, including touchdown passes of 36 and 65 yards to Jordan Webster and Kaedyn Fuller, respectively. And 193 of his 215 passing yards came in the second half.
But each time the Panthers scored, Mustang had an answer.
“Each time they scored, our offense rallied up,” offensive tackle Tristan Hill said. “We kept going and didn't let them coming back affect us.
“It felt a whole lot more like Mustang football, with a lot of points and a lot of yards. It felt like the good ol' days.”