MUSTANG — Typically, when a team makes a quarterback change in the first four weeks of the season when there's no injury involved, it's probably not a good thing.
Consider Mustang the exception to the rule.
The Broncos (3-1 overall, 1-0 District 6A-4) of first-year coach Jeremy Dombek have been tinkering with some backfield shuffling, and pulled the trigger for good on Friday night, resulting in a 34-14 upset of Norman (2-2, 0-1).
Dombek inserted Chandler Garrett, a 6-foot-5 sophomore with a good arm, at quarterback and shifted Frankie Edwards to running back/slot receiver, a move that could improve the Broncos' offense both with the pass and the run.
“This is something that's been in the works, not just for this week,” Dombek said. “We didn't think Chandler was quite ready at the start of the year. There wasn't anything Frankie did to not play quarterback. This was just about getting the best 11 guys on the field.”
With the depth of District 6A-4, a team needs every edge, and that's what the Broncos were looking for.
The state's eastside schools still claim the most dominant teams, but the west's 6A-4 is by far the deepest district in the class. Edmond Santa Fe, Lawton, Southmoore and Norman have all been ranked in the top 10 at some point this season, while Mustang and Edmond Memorial each have teams taking notice with impressive performances in the early weeks.
And with the tangible improvements that have been made at Choctaw and Putnam City West, those teams are no longer the cupcakes they once were.