Special to The Sun
Antonio Williams’ fourth quarter 85-yard interception return helped Edmond North (7-5) avoid a shutout as Tulsa Union (10-2) moved the ball at will for three quarters in a 49-7 victory in the Class 6A high school football quarterfinals at Union-Tuttle Stadium Saturday afternoon.
“If you had told me before the game it would be 49-7, I would have bet the house that would not have happened,” Huskies’ first-year head coach Scott Burger said. “But things happen and things snowball.”
The Redskins had a 28-0 lead and 13 first downs before North quarterback Stephen McClernon hit Luke Rossi for a 20-yard pass late in the second quarter. But that drive ended with a 22-yard punt downed at the Union 44 before the Redskins added another touchdown in just three plays, a 39-yard run by Union’s Tyler Adkins.
Edmond North’s offense slowly crept back in, moving the ball with 46 yards on four McClernon completions against Union’s prevent defense before the Huskies’ quarterback was sacked for a loss of 8 as time expired in the first half.
North continued to throw the ball successfully in the second half, moving the ball 49 yards behind McClernon’s arm before Redskin linebacker Colton King picked off a pass at the Union 15 and returned it 21 yards. McClernon hit on 18-of-36 passes with two interceptions and 165 yards, 120 of them in the second half.
“(In the second half) We were just taking what they were giving us,” a solemn Burger said of the second-half performance.
Tulsa Union quarterback Mason Farquhar was 15-of-24 for 216 yards passing before sitting down after three quarters as Union’s offense established early domination, mixing short passes and runs in a 17-play, 80-yard drive that chewed up 7:38 off the clock in the opening drive. The Redskins then gave a clinic in quick scoring with a 59-yard pass from Farquhar to David Patterson with 2:20 left in the first quarter. North forced Union into four third-down situations as Joel Dixon, Scott Courtney and Andrew Dixon hustled and harassed the Redskin skill players, but could not keep Union from moving the chains.
In the second quarter, Union converted on third-and-11 and fourth-and-11 before Farquhar hit Holton Fox for a seven-yard strike midway through the period. The Redskins scored on two more three-play drives to take a 35-0 halftime lead.
Trailing 49-0 after three quarters, North’s defense overwhelmed Union backup quarterback Zach Fisher, picking him off twice and forcing three fumbles late in the game, two of which the Huskies recovered.
Union advances to the state semifinals against Broken Arrow.
Tulsa Union 49, Edmond North 7
Edmond North 0 0 0 7—7
T. Union 14 21 14 0—49
TU - Colbey Evans 2 Run (Jace Holt kick)
TU - David Patterson 59 pass from Mason Farquhar (Holt kick)
TU - Holton Fox 7 pass from Farquhar (Holt kick)
TU - Justin Silmon 16 run (Holt kick)
TU - Tyler Adkins 39 run (Holt kick)
TU - Evans 3 run (Holt kick)
TU - Silmon 1 run (Holt kick)
EN - Antonio Williams 85 yard interception return (Trevor Moore kick)
Edmond North - Stephen McClernon 18-36-2, 165 yards.
Union - Mason Farquhar 15-24-0, 216 yards; Zach Fisher, 0-3-2, 0 yards.
Edmond North - Richard McCauley 10 carries, 54 yards; Ezell McIntee 6 carries, 0 yards; Stephen McClernon, 7 carrries, -13 yards.
Union - Tyler Adkins 10 carries, 72 yards; Derek Finch 5 carries, 71 yards; Justin Silmon 7 carries, 46 yards; Mason Farquhar 4 carries, 9 yards; Coleby Evans 2 carries, 5 yards; Zach Fisher 4 carries, 3 yards; Shamari Brooks, 2 carries, -3 yards.
Edmond North - Luke Rossi 7 catches, 73 yards; Miles Jones 4 catches, 30 yards; Richard McCauley 3 catches, 27 yards; Ty Gatewood 1 catch, 27 yards; Julian Jernigan 1 catch, 13 yards; Ezell McIntee 1 catch, -5 yards.
Union - David Patterson 3 catches, 91 yards; Carson Meier 3 catches, 61 yards; Will Hamilton, 3 catches 24 yards; Holton Fox, 2 catches 16 yards; Jeffery Mead 2 catches, 15 yards; Justin Silmon 1 catch, 5 yards; Tyler Adkins 1 catch, 4 yards.