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.