MATCHUP: Owasso Rams (4-3) vs. Mustang Broncos (3-4)
LOCATION: Owasso Stadium
KICKOFF TIME: 7:30 PM
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OWASSO – The Owasso Rams may be riding high as the Mustang Broncos visit tonight, but there is no question that the next three games on their schedule will put the pressure on the team as playoff scenarios begin to set themselves up in the state of Oklahoma.
“It feels good to have put three wins back to back, and continue to grow and improve,” Head Coach Bill Blankenship said Thursday morning. “I like where we are headed, but this is the biggest challenge we have had in several weeks.”
Owasso (4-3 Overall, 3-1 District) comes into the ballgame on a three game winning streak that includes last week’s come from behind 27-13 victory over Southmoore, a road win at Norman North the week before, and a 48-0 shutout of Edmond North three weeks ago. The only district loss was the 21-0 loss at Union on September 21st.
On the other side of the coin, Mustang is a team that started slow, but has begun to find a rhythm in recent weeks with back-to-back wins over Edmond North and Southmoore. Like the Rams, their biggest loss also came to Union on September 28th when they fell to the Redskins in a 44-3 decision.
“I think that this is really the mindset that I am trying to get across to our players, that the playoffs start now,” Blankenship said. “Every game really does matter. In my years of experience it really makes a difference if you get the first round at home, so every game, we are playing for home field advantage. We are also playing to earn our way into the playoffs.”
The Head Ram says that Owasso and Mustang share some similarities in the fact that they lost a lot of personnel with graduation in 2017.
“This is a growing team, not unlike us they graduated a whole lot of their offense from a year ago. They had to break in a new quarterback and new receivers. It seems to have been a slow process and much better in the last couple of weeks as they got a win and started putting points on the board,” Blankenship noted. “Defensively they have most of their players back. Most of those guys are good, solid players. You see them play more like veterans on the defensive side.”
Some thirty seniors will play their final regular season game as Owasso Rams tonight. Their head coach has been at the helm for the last two of the class’ years, and looks back upon their time fondly.
“This is a special group. When you talk about the thirty seniors, obviously you can’t have thirty starters. That says a lot about the commitment of these guys to lead and serve,” Blankenship said. “Not very many were on the front line last year, so a lot of new names came to the forefront this year, like Tyler Dillingham, Grant Vanlandingham, and Javon Richbow. You just go down the line and we have about ten seniors that start on one side of the ball or the other, and another twenty that make an impact on our program. I’m really happy for these guys.”
The seniors will be recognized beginning at 7:00 PM at Owasso Stadium.
Blankenship says that defensive end Kejuan Hay will be back after sitting out several weeks due to a leg fracture suffered in his first week of the season.
“When you take those great players and they have been on the shelf for a while, there is a lot of pent up emotion,” Blankenship said. “I’m sure he will let that loose. Hopefully it will be in some type of controlled fashion.”