MUSTANG — In the middle of his senior season, Mustang's Frankie Edwards could have viewed his move from quarterback to running back as a demotion — and for a little while, he did.
But he soon saw the bigger picture. And on Friday night, he showed why the move was best for him and the Broncos, churning out 147 rushing yards and two touchdowns to put Mustang in the playoffs for the first time in three years with a 41-21 win over Southmoore at Bronco Stadium.
Edwards' mid-season move to a hybrid running back/receiver role opened the door for sophomore quarterback Chandler Garrett, who was sharp as well Friday night, throwing for 108 yards and two touchdowns, while running for 73 yards and two more touchdowns.
The win puts Mustang in the playoffs as the No. 4 seed from District 6A-4, which will mean a trip to Norman North next week for the first round.
Mustang scored on its first three possessions to take early control, and then focused on controlling the ball and the clock.
“This whole year, we were always shooting ourselves in the foot. We hadn't been clicking offensively,” Garrett said. “But tonight, we started clicking. It just feels really good, especially to see the seniors so happy. The playoffs, it's something that hasn't happened around here in a while.”
The Mustang defense gave up a few big plays early as Southmoore mixed in starting quarterback Connor Uselton and a pair of running backs taking direct snaps. But the Broncos clamped down to allow only 262 total yards — and just 56 of that in the second half.
“We knew they would run it, try to mix it up, try to go different directions and get our eyes going the wrong way,” Mustang defensive tackle Xavier Whitehead said. “We knew we had to stay flat, keep pursuing the ball and just make tackles.”
The defense forced a pair of punts in the first quarter with Southmoore going into the gusting wind, both of which set up the Bronco offense with short fields. And that made easy work for Garrett and Edwards.
“Our goal on offense was to get started early,” Edwards said. “Get first downs and get rolling. We felt we did a good job of that.”
Now, Edwards will go to the playoffs for the first time in his varsity career — even if it's not as a quarterback.
“The change was hard at first,” Edwards said. “When those things first hit you, you don't see the big picture. I'm thinking, you know, I suck. But once I saw farther down the road, I decided I was gonna roll with it and do the best I could do
“Now we're going to the playoffs. All of us seniors have worked hard for this, and we wanted the chance to play for this.”