Muldrow competes in Class 4A-4 where Broken Bow and Sallisaw bullied their way to first and second place, respectively, in the district.
The Bulldogs’ playoff hopes hinged on their final regular season game at Poteau and the math was simple: The winner of the contest would take fourth place in the standings, behind Wagoner, and advance to the post season while the loser would check-in their equipment on Monday morning.
In the event Muldrow broke a 14-14 stalemate with 16 fourth quarter points to take the 30-21 win and a ticket to Ridgerunner Stadium for tonight’s opening round contest.
The signal caller for the Bulldogs is Trevon Fowler. The 6’1’, 175-lbs junior has compiled 1059 yards through the air this season hitting 90 of 174 attempts with 11 touchdowns to 17 interceptions.
Joe Fate Ransom, a 6’0”, 165 lbs senior, and 6’3”, 225 lbs senior Chris Webber each have 24 receptions on the season. Ransom has collected 292 yards with 2 touchdowns while Webber has 255 yards in ’08 with 5 scores.
Jamey Day (5’11”, 170 lbs, senior), with 17 catches for 207 yards, and Brice Earls (5’9”, 165 lbs, senior), with 19 grabs for 263 yards, fill out the Bulldog air force.
The pass-happy Bulldog attack will face a stiff test from the Ridgerunner secondary which features the top-two 4A interception leaders in senior Dusty Gehrke, with seven steals, and junior Braeden Downes, with five.
When the Bulldog offense runs with the ball it’s usually junior running back Tracy Jones (5’8”, 195 lbs) who gets the call. On 75 attempts Jones has 385 yards and four touchdowns this season.
To find success the Bulldog offense will have to figure a way around an impressive Ridgerunner defensive line and linebacker corp. Sophomore linebackers Bobby Harris, with 113 tackles, and Trent Phillips, with 71, patrol the line of scrimmage with fierce tenacity. They are joined by junior Antonio Trillo, with 53 tackles, and Connor Sarwinski, with 54. Trillo is an explosive package of speed and power while senior Sarwinski is a player who may not know the definition of fear.
Seniors Laramie Raymond, with 44 tackles, and junior Weston Culvey, with 64, anchor the Ridgerunner defensive line.
For the Mustang defense it’s Dillon Oden, a 6’0”, 180 lbs linebacker, who leads the way. The junior has 133 tackles to his credit. Tanner Ryan, a 5’11”, 175 lbs defensive back has 84 stops this season while Webber has pitched in another 92 tackles from his linebacker post.
Oden is also the sack leader for the Muldrow crew with 7.5 and is backed up on that front by Jones with six drops.