MUSTANG — It looked like all the momentum was mounting in Mustang's favor, preparing the Broncos for a big comeback.
A touchdown, a safety and a blocked punt had the Broncos in Broken Arrow territory, down by 14 early in the fourth quarter.
But a Mustang pass hung in the frozen air just a little too long. Broken Arrow defensive back Markale Moses snagged the interception and wove through tacklers and blockers alike for 83 yards and a backbreaking touchdown.
The Tiger run game was able to eat most of the final 11 minutes off the clock to seal the 43-20 win in the Class 6A quarterfinals at Bronco Stadium on Friday night.
“That was huge,” Broken Arrow coach Steve Spavital said. “They had the momentum, they had the wind and the field position. That was a really big interception.”
All night, it seemed fourth-ranked Broken Arrow (10-2) made the big play when it needed it.
With ice glazing the turf and a gusting north wind, it appeared points might be tough to come by. Then Oklahoma State commit Devon Thomas promptly took the opening kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown.
Thomas and fellow running backs Braylon Terrell and Jamal Shaw, took the pressure off quarterback Coleman Key to throw in the icy weather. He only had to attempt 10 passes.
Thomas finished with 92 yards on 17 carries with two touchdowns, while Terrell and Shaw combined for 115 yards and two TDs on 14 attempts.
“It made it easy on me,” Key said. “It was hard to get a grip on the ball, because it was all iced over. Our line opened up big holes, and all three of our backs were hitting the holes hard.”
While Mustang (7-5) managed to grind out 450 total yards — 244 of which came on Frankie Edwards' 35 rushing attempts — the Broken Arrow defense was able to make the plays it needed to keep the Tigers on top.
“Coach (Spavital) said we just needed to keep pounding it, and that's what we did,” said linebacker Justin Perkins, who had a key fumble recovery in the third quarter. “Now we get to practice on Thanksgiving. That's one of the best practices of the year. You're practicing with your family, and you get to go spend the day with the rest of your family.”
Broken Arrow will face the winner of Saturday's game between Tulsa Union and Edmond North in next Friday's semifinals at a neutral site to be determined.