Pioneers Fall To Mustang In Home Opener
9-12-15 by Devin Wilber
Even though it got pushed back 23 yards because of penalties, Mustang had no trouble scoring on a drive late in the first half.
It was that kind of night for Stillwater at Pioneer Stadium.
Stillwater's defense couldn't stop Mustang in a 41-14 loss Friday. The score just before halftime made it 28-0.
"We got our butts beat,'' Stillwater coach Tucker Barnard said. "In the first quarter, they took a while to score; we made them
work for it, but by the time we got to the third quarter… after a terrible, terrible second quarter … we need to defend the deep ball
better, get the ball across midfield and get some first downs. They are a great football team, it's not all us that was a good
football team over there. We need to get better."
Mustang had a powerful offense, which rolled up 458 yards. Quarterback Chandler Garrett, a University of Wyoming commit,
threw for 309 yards and three touchdowns.
"We didn't do very well,'' Barnard said. "He was able to do just about anything he wanted to do. In the first half, we weren't able to
defend deep and in the second half, when we backed off to a more true zone coverage, they got us underneath. If they can adjust
as quickly as we can adjust, then we need to be able to add more pressure and we couldn't add more pressure."
Even with Jordan Brown back from suspension, the Pioneers (0-2) struggled to get any momentum on offense. The line struggled
all night, and the team could barely get the ball past midfield.
By halftime, Chandler had thrown for 220 yards and for two touchdowns.
The Broncos (2-0) also rushed for 76 yards and a touchdown. Mustang's biggest highlight on the ground came in the middle of
the second when Garrett ran a beautiful bootleg rush to perfection for a 25-yard touchdown.
Stillwater's offense struggled the first half, for it rushed for only 57 and passed for 50. Despite some great play from Brown, who
played receiver and started at quarterback, the Pioneers struggled keep up with the Broncos' 295 total yards in the half.
Brown gave the Pioneers some life to start the second half, for he returned the opening kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown.
Mustang's offense would not relent. The Broncos' fast-pace offense drove down the field with an effective passing game, and
AaRon Kinchion scored on a 20-yard pass.
After another short Pioneers drive, Mustang easily score in five plays on its next drive. Kinchion scored on a routine halfback
draw down the middle when his blockers created a wide open running lane.
Even with Brown, who had another great leaping catch late in the third for 28 yards, the Pioneers struggled to move the ball in the
second half. With lackluster play along the offensive line, the Pioneers' ground game was almost nonexistent. Stillwater finished
with 98 yards rushing and 99 passing.
"They were more physical than we were,'' Barnard said. "When our offensive linemen are moving backward that's a bad deal. We
need to play tougher."