MUSTANG — This time of year, you don't hear the words “Mustang” and “shutout” in the same sentence very often unless the topic of conversation is Bronco softball.
But the football team reminded everyone they can play a little defense, too, in a 17-0 win over Putnam City North on Friday night at Bronco Stadium.
“That feels good,” defensive end Tucker Calmus said of the shutout. “I don't want to say we can go out and do it every week, but that's the way we think. Most of us are seniors with a lot of experience and we're working hard.”
PC North (1-1) totaled 230 yards one week after posting 42 points on Putnam City, and the Broncos (2-0) stiffened at just the right times. They forced four turnovers on downs inside their 30-yard line and two of them after the Panthers moved inside the 10.
“You can bend, but don't break. That's what (first-year defensive coordinator Mark Ryan) tells us,” Calmus said. “That's what we did. We showed our backbone down there and kept them out of the end zone.”
Mustang has had two shutouts in the previous three seasons, both against U.S. Grant.
“That's tough to do, especially with our offense, because the other team is usually running so many plays,” Mustang coach Ty Prestidge said. “As far as getting after it and running to the ball, I was really pleased with our defense.”
The howling wind made for an interesting night, turning the game more into one of keep-away and clock management, as opposed to the pass-heavy version Mustang typically prefers.
But the Bronco offense was efficient, gaining 281 yards on 57 offensive snaps, including 149 rush yards on 38 carries. Quarterback Frankie Edwards ran for 84 yards and a pair of 1-yard touchdowns on 23 attempts.
“We challenged the offensive line to go out and be physical,” Prestidge said. “I think they really gained some confidence being able to run the football.”
And when the Broncos needed to throw, they generally succeeded. Edwards was 10-of-19 for 132 yards, including 27- and 32-yard completions to senior Dakota Warrington, both going into the wind.
Warrington suffered a deep leg bruise last week against Yukon and didn't know if he'd play until Friday morning. He had four catches for 73 yards.
“I was told three different things by two different doctors,” he said. “We decided I'd come out in the morning, and if I could run, I could play.”
Prestidge heavily praised his team's attitude and effort Friday night, two components that didn't always come naturally to last year's squad, which won only three games. Next week, the Broncos will look for their third win of the year in as many games when Stillwater visits.
“It's too early in the season not to have mistakes, so we'll watch the tape and see what we did wrong,” Prestidge said. “But our attitude and effort on both sides of the ball was really good, and that's what we ask for.”