Broncos cruise to a perfect 28-0, win first ever state title

Cameron Mellor (@CamMellor)
April 27, 2015


The Broncos from Mustang High School left no doubt as to who the best team in Oklahoma’s Class 6A was during the 2014-15 season.


Mustang outscored their opponents by a combined margin of 1994-1334 over the course of 28 games that ultimately led to the Oklahoma Class 6A State Championship.


While the State Championship victory over Edmond Santa Fe (93-54) may have seemed old hat to some long-time Mustang High School basketball fans, it still marked the Broncos first ever state title in boys basketball. The girls basketball team on the other hand, has captured five State Titles ranging from 1980 all the way to as recent as 2006.


The Mustang Boys Basketball team’s championship victory came after a long season of close victories and blow out wins across the state and even into Texas.


The Broncos hosted Texas power DeSoto in their first game of the season, narrowly defeating the Fighting Eagles by a 62-60 score. Jakolby Long paced Mustang in their season debut, scoring 16 points, hitting two three-pointers and pulling down six rebounds.


Their second game of the season continued a familiar feel as the Broncos hosted another Texas team – this time Kimball came to town. Also much like their first game, Mustang found themselves trailing at halftime against Knights, 49-45.


However, unlike their opener against DeSoto – the Broncos held Kimball to just 17 second half points pulling away late en route to an 88-66 victory. Aubrey Johnson carried Mustang against the Knights, scoring 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting including 6-of-8 from behind the arc.


After their opening victories over two of Texas’ top teams, Mustang rolled through their next opponent, defeating Deer Creek, 91-54 to set up an eventual championship game preview against Edmond Santa Fe.


In the first of their two meetings, the Broncos utilized a strong final three quarters, outscoring the Wolves by 16 points after the first quarter. Long scored a season-high 25 points during the 83-74 victory for Mustang as the Broncos out rebounded Santa Fe by a 43-33 margin, including 25 offensive rebounds that led to 28 second chance points for Mustang.


Following their 4-0 start to the season, Mustang played to five consecutive double-digit victories, including a 106-40 win over Tahlequah and a 97-54 defeat over Edmond North.


After narrowly defeating Norman North (72-63) and holding off Edmond Memorial (72-64), the Broncos got back to their crushing defeats, handing Texas’ HSAA South a 101-49 defeat and HCYA a 135-70 loss.


After holding off Eisenhower in their next matchup (77-72), Mustang cruised from there on. The Broncos ended their regular season on a tear, finishing with a 21-0 record before heading into the Oklahoma State Championships.


Continuing their impressive play – Mustang eased through their first six opponents of the post season, including a 101-68 victory over Norman North and a 107-51 triumph over Grant. After defeating Edmond Memorial once again, this time by a score of 60-50, the State Championship game and rematch of their early season matchup was set.


Edmond Santa Fe would be the only team in the way of a perfect 28-0 season for the Broncos and the state title.


The Wolves once again proved to be no match against Mustang, this time falling 93-54, giving the Broncos the school’s first State Championship in boys basketball.


During the 2014-15 season, Mustang saw many successes en route to their title, including outscoring their opponents in every quarter, most notably by a 462-371 margin in the first quarter. The Broncos shot nearly 50 % from the field while limiting their opponents to well under 40 %.


Mustang outrebounded their opponents during their championship run by nearly 300 rebounds. The Broncos doubled their opponent’s offensive rebounds at 360-180 and managed to force over 500 turnovers.


Curtis Haywood II led the team in scoring with Long right behind him while Terrell Williams ran the point, leading the Broncos with over 110 assists.


Finishing with a 28-0 record and the team’s first ever State Championship, combining with the fact that their two top scorers and top rebounder will be back in 2015-16, hopes heading into next season for the Broncos should be at an all-time high.


It will remain to be seen how they will fare as defending champions – but surely, that’s a challenge they will enjoy relishing in all the way until March 2016. 

Congratulations to HSGC users across the state of Texas


By: Cameron Mellor
January 22, 2014


As National Signing Day nears, signifying the culmination of a number of high school careers, we see no better time than the present to reflect on a terrific football season and continue to unveil the first-annual, All-HSGC Award Lists for the 2013 football season.


Working now on a state-by-state basis, the same extensive parameters and essential criteria were considered for the coveted list. The All-HSGC Awards signify excellence on the field of key offensive positions and defensive players as a whole.


The quintessential component of the list was basic and to-the-point – your team must utilize the HSGameCenter program being delivered by Digital Scout. From there, the grading criterion included, but was not limited to, yards and touchdowns, team winning percentage, percentage of team total offense and much more.


After careful deliberation and hours of scouring over statistics from programs across Texas, the list of the first ever All-Texas HSGC Awards are here.


All-Texas Player of the Year:

Desmon White, Desoto High School (14-1)

Quarterback No. 12

5640 total yards, 59 total touchdowns


All-Texas First Team


Blake Bogenschutz, Carthage High School (15-1), No. 4

4197 total yards, 59 total touchdowns


Running Back:

Jarek Black, Shallowater High School (13-1), No. 35

3061 total yards, 36 total touchdowns


Dillon Gonzalez, Graham High School (14-1), No. 10

2571 total yards, 35 total touchdowns


Wide Receiver:

Tee Goree, Carthage, No. 5

1799 total yards, 28 total touchdowns


Phillip Baptiste, Copperas Cove High School (6-5), No. 1

1835 total yards, 17 total touchdowns


All-Texas Second Team


Ben Davis, Graham, No. 14

4226 total yards, 54 total touchdowns


Running Back:

Tevin Pipkin, Carthage, No. 15

2364 total yards, 22 total touchdowns


Cedric Battle, Hirschi High School (7-4), No. 3

2012 total yards, 27 total touchdowns


Wide Receiver:

Chris Lacy, Desoto, No. 15

1317 total yards, 16 total touchdowns


McCade Rice, Regents High School of Austin (9-3), No. 3

1448 total yards, 15 total touchdowns


All-Texas Third Team


Colton Kent, Cisco High School (16-0), No. 7

4076 total yards, 60 total touchdowns


Running Back:

Mason Reed, Cisco, No. 10

1909 total yards, 27 total touchdowns


Landon Boaz, Valley View High School (4-7), No. 25

2251 total yards, 23 total touchdowns


Wide Receiver:

Bryce Reeves, Graham, No. 7

1455 total yards,  14 total touchdowns


Pearce Loth, Rockdale High School (9-5), No. 6

1183 total yards, 14 total touchdowns


All-Texas Honorable Mention


Manny Harris, Copperas Cove, No. 10

4351 total yards, 44 total touchdowns


Grant Brown, Regents School, No. 15

3802 total yards, 45 total touchdowns


Clayton Gibbs, Rockdale, No. 7

3688 total yards, 44 total touchdowns


Running Back:

Vincent Johnson, Lubbock Monterey High School (3-8), No. 35

2238 total yards, 23 total touchdowns


Caleb Masters, Albany High School (13-1), No. 22

1957 total yards, 24 total touchdowns


Elijah Brooks, Rockdale, No. 32

1802 total yards, 23 total touchdowns


Joseph Paddock, Goldthwaite High School (8-5), No. 23

2027 total yards, 20 total touchdowns


Wide Receiver:

Tyler Taylor, Waco High School (8-4), No. 6

1468 total yards, 20 total touchdowns


Beau Blankenship, Gruver High School (10-1), No. 11

1145 total yards, 12 total touchdowns


Cole Waterscheid, Muenster High School (12-1), No. 82

983 total yards, 13 total touchdowns



All-Texas Defensive Player of the Year

Deshawn Harley, Hirschi, No. 15

65 total tackle, 55 solo, 19 tackle for loss, 6 sack, 1 interception


All-Texas Defensive Honorable Mention

Elijah Hull, Hirschi, No. 10

100.5 total tackle, 82 solo, 9 tackle for loss, 5 sack


Dillon Kirkland, Farwell High School (7-5), No. 8

99 total tackle, 77 solo, 11 tackle for loss, 0.5 sack, 1 interception


Dakota Allen, Summer Creek High School (11-1), No. 40

97.5 total tackle, 90 solo, 11 tackle for loss, 2 sack, 2 interception


Douglas Canada, Waco, No. 98

43 total tackle, 25 solo, 11.5 tackle for loss, 7.5 sack


Kai Rice, Regents School, No. 2

82 total tackle, 60 solo, 19 tackle for loss, 4.5 sack

Nation's Best on Display This Weekend on HSGC


By Dan Fronczak

November 15, 2013


Hundreds of ranked high school football teams are using this postseason.  With mass adoption in 2013, HSGC is proving its platform to be a valuable one for coaches.  Among those participating schools on HSGC are some of the highest ranked teams in the country, including the entire State of Ohio. (See teams below)


Coaches not currently on HSGC wishing to create an account for their team can do so here:  


  High School State Ranking
Desoto (Texas)    2
Jenks (Oklahoma)    1    
New Canaan (Connecticut) 1
Dowling Catholic (Iowa) 1
Gardner-Edgerton (Kansas) 1
Middletown (Maryland) 2
Blue Springs (Missouri) 1
Boone Central/Newman Grove (Nebraska) 2
Winner (South Dakota)     2
Bentonville (Arkansas) 2


Desoto Quarterback HSGC Player of the Week

By Cameron Mellor

November 5, 2013


Thanks in part to 406 yards through the air and five touchdowns; Desmon White has been selected as the HSGC National Player of the Week.  His numbers this week were good enough to propel his Desoto Fighting Eagles to a 67-7 thumping of Grand Prairie.


Those 406 yards through the air and five touchdowns tosses may seem staggering to some, but to White, it’s just another game.

The 5-foot-8 160 pound QB is no stranger to big games as he has amassed 3,618 total yards on the season.  White has tallied over 300 yards of total offense and scored two or more touchdowns in eight of his nine games this season, including two consecutive 400 yard passing games.


“He knows everything about our offense, in and out,” Desoto head coach Claude Mathis said.  “He knows our entire offense.  He knows what everyone is supposed to do on every play.  It pays to have a veteran leader on our offense, especially because we have a young offensive line and some young receivers.”

White notched his fifth and final touchdown pass of the game against the Bulldogs with just 4:37 remaining in the second quarter as he connected with Akile Davis for 19 yards, putting the Fighting Eagles up 41-0.  His scoring tosses came on throws of 12, 13, 18, 19 and 22 yards.  

“He’s meant everything to our team this season,” Mathis said.  “You’ve got to put him in that elite category.  When he succeeds, we win.”

Winning seems to come at relative ease for the senior quarterback.  White and Desoto are undefeated so far in 2013 and are outscoring opponents by a combined score of 487-151.  The Fighting Eagles have tallied 44 or more points in all nine games this season.

Hard work and dedication is paying off for White, who has started at quarterback for Desoto since his sophomore season.  In this, his final season, White stands to break the all-time mark for passing yards in a season at Desoto High School.  With 2,677 so far through the air, he is on pace to do so.

“He’s on pace to break the single season mark for passing yards,” Mathis said.  “He is the heart and soul of our team.  Everything goes through him.”

White and Desoto’s success this season hasn’t come against weak talent, but instead, just the opposite.  Seven of Desoto’s nine victories this season have come against teams with winning records at the time.

At just 5-foot-8, White isn’t the tallest player on the field, but he may just be the most dedicated and hardest working of them all.


“Don’t pay too much attention to his size, but rather his play against the caliber of opponents we’ve played this season,” Mathis said.  “He’s performed very well against some very good teams.”

The team success and White’s success has not gone unnoticed this season as the Fighting Eagles are ranked among the top 5 high school programs across the country, by multiple outlets.  White himself has garnered interest from college coaches, and he has committed to play ball for the TCU Horned Frogs next season.

“He’s committed to TCU,” Mathis said.  “A lot of coaches and programs may have overlooked him because of his size.  A lot of coaches and programs have missed out.  He’s a winner.”

When asked about what White has meant to the team this season, Mathis echoed that same sentiment, over and over.  He’s a winner.


His record this season clearly depicts that.

White and the Desoto Fighting Eagles take on Mansfield in the final game of the regular season for both teams on November 7 at 7:00.  You can follow the game live at this link:

Mustangs Shut Out Bombers a Week Before Showdown with Boone    

By Cameron Mellor
October 22, 2013
After a disheartening second week loss, Dallas Center-Grimes (7-1, 5-0) has corrected their path and rattled off six victories in a row.  In their most recent outing, the Mustangs shut out the Ballard High School Bombers by a score of 26-0.
Their dominating performance against the Bombers has earned the Mustangs HSGC’s National Team of the Week honors.
The Mustangs’ lone imperfection on their record this season came in week two against Norwalk High School.  Rather than dwell on the upset, Dallas Center-Grimes took to the practice field to correct mistakes and prepare themselves for the rest of the season.
“After our early season loss in week two, we went back to practice and really pointed out to our kids that we left some plays on the field that night,” Mustangs head coach Scott Heitland said.  “We made our improvements and the next week shut out our opponent."
“Our team has done an outstanding job this season of making sure that we improve each week at practice.”
The Mustangs set out to improve each week, and have done just that.
In the six games since their lone defeat, Dallas Center-Grimes has outscored their opponents by a combined score of 212-14. That six-game winning streak features five shut out victories and includes their most recent 26-0 win over Ballard this past Friday.
The Mustangs’ success this season, as attributed by Heitland, has been their preparation during the week.
“Our kids understand that if we take care of making ourselves better throughout the week, that the wins can take care of themselves,” Heitland said.  “Each week we strive to be 1-0 at the end of the game on Friday night.  To us, it means getting better Monday through Thursday."
“We focus all our attention on that week’s opponent, not looking ahead or behind and that the only record that matters at this time is the one that reflects that weeks’ game.”
Preparation for this week’s game may have to be their best preparation of the season as they take on arguably their toughest test to date.  In a game that will determine the district title, the Mustangs take on the Boone High School Toreadors as both teams will head in to the game tied atop the district leader board.
Dallas Center-Grimes brings with them a 5-0 district record while the Toreadors will head in to the game undefeated in both district and overall play at 5-0 and 8-0, respectively.  Both teams will be looking for their first 3A District 4 regular season title.
Heitland and the Mustangs will have to prepare a little something extra for Boone as this week’s game has a little more riding on the outcome.  If Dallas Center-Grimes can continue to succeed in what they’ve had success in so far this season, Heitland thinks this season will be one to remember.
“We have taken care of the ball very well and have created numerous turnovers,” Heitland said.  “We have tremendous leadership from our seniors (who make sure) that the only thing that is important is team success."
“We have done multiple things very well this year that have allowed us to have the season we are (having).”
The Mustangs and Toreadors square off this Friday, October 25 at 7:30.
Follow the action from that game here: