Justin Marchà missed his first field-goal attempt, after it was partially blocked.
He missed his second.
But with the game on the line, the Edmond Memorial senior sent the third one sailing through the uprights at Bronco Stadium.
Marchà’s 24-yard field goal in double overtime Thursday night gave the Bulldogs a 24-21 district win over Mustang.
“I was praying that we’d get a chance like that, and it felt great to make it,” Marchà said.
The game-winning kick helped the Bulldogs make up for a rocky fourth quarter. They allowed Mustang to tie the game with a pair of touchdowns in the period. Memorial (4-2, 3-1) then had a chance to regain the lead but turned the ball over inside the red zone.
Ben Moore gave his team another shot when he intercepted a pass from Mustang’s Frankie Edwards with 2:10 remaining. But again, the Bulldog offense could not come through, sending the game to overtime.
Both teams easily scored in the first overtime period. Sam Rolle bulldozed his way to the end zone for a 10-yard score. Mustang (3-3, 1-3) answered with a similar 10-yard touchdown run by Cutter Smith, tying the game at 21-21.
The Broncos again called on Smith in double overtime. This time, he was met by Jason Hand and Moore at the 3-yard-line. Moore jarred the ball loose and jumped on it.
“Jason Hand stood him up on that play, and I was able to come in and strip it,” Moore said. “The ball was at my feet so I fell on it.”
After three failed attempts to run it in, Memorial coach Justin Merideth sent out the kicking unit.
Marchà set up at the left hash and drilled the game-winner.
The victory was Memorial’s second straight, and it keeps them in good shape in District Class 6A-4.
“We told our kids all week long that Mustang is a team we’re going to have to beat to get in the playoffs,” Merideth said. “This was not a game where we were looking to get 15 (district) points. We were just trying to get a “W.” We did and I’m happy about it.”
Memorial built its lead with a pair of big plays in the first half. Warren Wand scored on a 67-yard run midway through the first quarter. Then, with under a minute to play in the half, Waylan Anderson broke off an 80-yard touchdown for a 14-0 lead.
In the second half, Mustang coach Jeremy Dombek made a switch at quarterback. And the move paid off. Edwards, who replaced Chandler Garrett, helped his team erase a 14-point deficit with two scores in the fourth quarter.
He scored on a 33-yard run to start the fourth. Then with 4:54 left in the game, he hit Colton Hadlock for a 27-yard touchdown pass.
Memorial rushed for 359 yards against the Broncos. Wand finished with 193 yards and one TD on 28 carries. Anderson ran six times for 107 yards and one score.
Edwards finished with 286 yards of total offense for Mustang. He had 17 carries for 126 yards and one touchdown, while completing 12-of-19 passes for 160 yards with one TD and two interceptions.
Hadlock led Mustang with nine catches for 100 yards and one touchdown.
Memorial is at home Oct. 10 against Choctaw.
Marchà hits 24-yard game-winning field goal
Justin Marchà missed his first field-goal attempt, after it was partially blocked.
Wallar voted National Tennis Coach of the Year finalist
The National High School Athletic Coaches Association honored Dee Ann Waller, coach and teacher from Edmond North High School, as a finalist for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association National Coach of the Year in tennis.
Eight finalists from across the nation were chosen to be honored during The National Coach of the Year awards banquet that took place during the National High School Athletic Coaches Association’s national convention June 14-18, at the Snow King Resort in Jackson Hole, Wy.
McKey to compete in North American final
Edmond’s Mary McKey, who attends John Carroll Catholic School in Oklahoma City, qualified for the Hershey’s Track & Field Games North American Final after winning the Hershey’s Oklahoma State Meet June 28.
McKey, 12, had the fastest time in the region that consists of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, New Mexico and Puerto Rico. Hershey only accepts eight runners from North America.
McKey is a Catholic grade school champion and the first Catholic student to qualify for the North American final. She is also a Jim Thorpe Games 400-meter champion.
The North American final will run Aug. 2 in Hershey, Pa.
Former quarterback Bell has pedigree to dominate at tight end for Sooners
The question came quickly to Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops. Are there any plans to use Blake Bell at quarterback — in some capacity?
“That’s funny, it keeps coming up,” Stoops said Tuesday at Big 12 Media Days. “Blake was recruited definitely as a quarterback. But when you look at him now after three years, he is the pro-type at tight end. He’s got great hands, great size. He can run. Natural spacing as far as where to be in his routes.”
So, the answer is no.
Smith ready to begin the next chapter with Ravens
During his long drive to Maryland from his North Carolina home Sunday, veteran wide receiver Steve Smith had plenty of time to think about an offseason defined by a dramatic change in his life.
After 13 years with the Carolina Panthers, Smith was cut in March following one of the least productive seasons of his career. The Ravens promptly signed him to a three-year, $11 million contract.
Smith remained in a reflective mood as veterans officially reported to camp Wednesday. Smith, however, showed up Monday eager for his new start.
Local cops arrest NFL player on marijuana complaint
The Edmond Police Department has released the incident report related to the arrest of ex-Oklahoma State star and current NFL player Justin Blackmon.
Blackmon, 24, a product of Plainview High School in Ardmore, is a 6-1, 210-pound wide receiver in his second year with the Jacksonville Jaguars. At Oklahoma State University, he was a two-time Biletnikoff Award winner as the country’s best collegiate wide receiver.
Former OSU line coach having impact on Texas staff
It was quite possibly the biggest coaching coup of the offseason and Oklahoma State was at the wrong end of it — former Cowboy offensive line coach Joe Wickline joining the staff for Charlie Strong’s Texas Longhorns.
“It’s always good when you go hire staff and you look at just getting the right people within your program. And, a lot of times, guys know a lot of Xs and Os, but it’s all just about developing a player,” said Strong, Tuesday during the Big 12 Conference Football Media Days. “Joe and I, we’ve coached together at two different places. But just with him being within his conference and knowing the conference, he’s been a great asset.”
Santa Fe alum McGreevy makes U.S. Amateur
OU’s Max McGreevy, an Edmond Santa Fe graduate, and University of Tulsa’s Logan McCracken qualified for the 2014 U.S. Amateur, the United States Golf Association’s (USGA) prestigious annual event featuring the world’s finest amateur golfers. This year’s championship will be held at the venerable Atlanta Athletic Club (AAC) in Johns Creek, Aug. 9-17.
Max McGreevy, Edmond 67-65—132
Logan McCracken, Oklahoma City 69-66—135
1st Alt. Garrison Mendoza, Clinton 69-71—140
2nd Alt. Thomas Johnson, Norman 71-69—140
Gibson closes British Open with a 78, 3 birdies in final 6 holes
Even if he didn’t post the score he wanted, Rhein Gibson left Royal Liverpool Golf Club on Sunday knowing he at least finished strong.
Gibson’s final-round 6-over-par 78 at the British Open looks a lot better when one considers he birdied three of his final six holes. The Oklahoma Christian alum finished his first major championship at 10-over-par 298 — in 72nd place overall — earning himself a paycheck of $20,840.
Edmond’s Reid comes back to win Senior Stroke Play
James Reid, of Edmond, rallied to win the OGA’s Senior Stroke Play Championship with a smoking 67 July 15 at the Trails Country Club in Norman. Edmond’s Jon Valuck tied for fifth place.
In the pro series, Cameron Meyers of Edmond shot 68-70 for the top prize while Andrew Green of Edmond finished third.
Oklahoma Golf Association
Senior Stroke Play Championship
The Trails Golf Club
Air Force kicker Conant named to Groza Award watch list
Air Force senior Will Conant, an Edmond Memorial graduate, is one of 30 players nationwide to be named to the 2014 Lou Groza Collegiate Placekicker Award watch list, as announced by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission.
Conant hit 32-of-33 PATs and 11-of-13 field-goal attempts last season. He ranked third in the conference in field-goal percentage with an 84.6 mark that is the fourth-best in school history and best since Joey Ashcroft hit 88.8 percent (16-18) in 2002.
Conant is one of two kickers in Air Force history to hit three times from 50-plus yards in a season. He hit three 52-yard kicks last season (versus Colgate, San Diego State, New Mexico), matching Ryan Harrison’s three 50-plus field goals in 2007. Conant’s three 50-plus field goals already rank him third in school history in career 50-yard field goals.
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