High school football: Mustang blanks Putnam City North
Defense and ball-control offense key Broncos; PC North fails to score despite moving ball inside Mustang 30-yard line four times.
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.
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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.
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