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.
Edmond Memorial 24, Mustang 21 (2OT)
1 2 3 4 OT 2OT Final
EM 7 7 0 0 7 3 — 24
MHS 0 0 0 14 7 0 — 21
EM — Warren Wand 67 run (Justin Marchà kick); 5:14
EM — Waylan Anderson 80 run (Marchà kick); 0:51
MHS — Frankie Edwards 33 run (Josh Vannoy kick); 11:49
MHS — Colton Hadlock 27 pass from Edwards (Vannoy kick); 4:54
EM — Sam Rolle 10 run (Marchà kick)
MHS — Cutter Smith 10 run (Vannoy kick)
EM — Marchà 24 field goal
Game in figures
14 First downs 21
50-359 Rushes-yards 40-237
32 Passing yards 235
3-8-0 Comp-Att-Int 21-32-2
7-33 Punts-Avg 5-29
1-1 Fumbles-Lost 3-2
5-45 Penalties-Lost 4-27
4-2 Team records 3-3
Marchà hits 24-yard game-winning field goal
Justin Marchà missed his first field-goal attempt, after it was partially blocked.
North grad fuels OCU
Oklahoma City University clobbered St. Gregory’s 12-3 on Sunday at Jim Wade Stadium supported by three runs batted in by freshman Jared Baker out of Edmond North High School.
Ryan Wright, a junior from Fruitland, Idaho, drove in four runs while going 3-for-5 with a double and his first home run with OCU. The Stars, ranked fifth in NAIA baseball, improved to 14-3, 6-0 in the Sooner Athletic Conference.
Deer Creek boys make state; Bulldogs eliminated by Owasso
The Deer Creek Antlers made a run on Durant in the third quarter of a Class 5A area consolation championship game that thrusted Deer Creek into the state tournament for the first time since 1997.
The Antlers, 18-9, got up on the Lions by six points in the third and then held the ball, thus forcing Durant to come out of its zone en route to a 54-45 win.
Led by Conner Avants’ 26 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots, Deer Creek got some easy scores going against the Lions’ pressure in the fourth.
Antler Tyler Haddock added 16 points and five rebounds and teammate Brett Valentine contributed eight points.
UCO fights to MIAA championship; falls to Missouri Southern
A spirited postseason run came to an abrupt ending for Central Oklahoma in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Tournament finals Sunday afternoon in Kansas City, Mo.
The depth-challenged Bronchos played just six players and fatigue played a factor in the second half as Missouri Southern claimed an 84-72 victory to capture the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA Division II national tournament.
Fifth-seeded UCO, playing for the third straight day, fell to 20-10 and is doubtful to earn an at-large bid into the playoffs when the full 64-team field is announced late Sunday night. The Lions improved to 24-5.
The Bronchos led 40-39 at halftime, but missed five straight shots during a key second-half stretch when Missouri Southern stretched a 45-44 lead to double digits at 54-44 with 14:21 remaining and UCO never got closer than eight the rest of the way.
Putnam North fires back in second half
The Lady Bulldogs of Edmond Memorial kept their heart beating by downing Bartlesville 48-42 Thursday night in an area consolation contest, but the momentum came to an abrupt stop Saturday afternoon in the consolation championship at Catoosa High School. Putnam North ended Memorial’s season with a 46-31 decision.
Deer Creek loses nail-biter; Memorial boys fall to Tulsa Union
The Deer Creek Antlers were just seconds away from entering the Class 5A state tournament, but Del City’s Brett Cannon scored on a reverse layup on a back-door move with one second left to down Deer Creek 47-45 in overtime in an area championship contest at Catoosa High School.
“We’re playing really well,” Antler skipper Matt Bailey said following the nail-biter. “They got us with the last shot in overtime.”
Deer Creek will face the winner of the McAlester/Durant game Saturday at 6:30 at Sapulpa High School in the area consolation title game with a trip to the big dance on the line.
After impressive road series, OC’s Coats receives NCCAA pitching honor
Oklahoma Christian’s Shea Coats was honored Tuesday as the National Christian College Athletic Association’s softball pitching student-athlete of the week.
Coats, a freshman from Tuttle, was honored for her performance as the Lady Eagles won two of three games last weekend at Texas-Permian Basin. Coats threw a complete-game 1-hitter to lead Oklahoma Christian to a 3-0 win in the series opener, then threw two perfect innings in relief to earn the save as the Lady Eagles took the series finale 6-2.
In her nine innings of work, Coats struck out 11 batters while walking four. She currently ranks fifth in the Heartland Conference in strikeouts with 46, in 43 innings of work.
She is the first OC softball player to win a NCCAA weekly award this season.
Broncho Gibbs stacks up honors
Central Oklahoma’s Josh Gibbs was a repeat first-team selection on the All-Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Team that was released by the league office Tuesday.
The 6-5 senior forward is averaging 20.7 points, 11.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.2 steals a game .
Gibbs, who leads the league in rebounds and ranks third in scoring, has had 17 double-doubles this season. He’s also second in the MIAA in 3-pointers per game with 2.4, having made 66 treys while shooting 38.8 percent from beyond the arc.
SLIDESHOW: Lady Wolves win Area basketball title
The Edmond Santa Fe Lady Wolves won the Area basketball title with a win over Norman North at Choctaw Thursday evening.
Santa Fe thwarts Norman North offense
The Edmond Santa Fe Lady Wolves added another plaque to their collection and took one more step toward a gold ball Thursday night.
Edmond took down a feisty Norman North squad 64-47 at Choctaw High School to win the Class 6A west area tournament and advance to the state tournament that begins March 13.
“We’re going to enjoy that for tomorrow and now we’ve got to go find who we play on Saturday and we’re going to focus,” said Paul Bass, Santa Fe head coach. “It’s one game at a time. We’re 24-1, but that really doesn’t matter because now we’re in the third tournament of the year for us. This is the one that’s most important — get to state and try to get that gold ball.”
Defensive battle falls in favor of Deer Creek
A pair of defensive teams coming out on each other, both 20-5 Deer Creek and 20-5 Collinsville played to a 20-19 score after three periods with the Lady Antlers on top Thursday night at Owasso High School in a Class 5A area championship game.
The final panel wasn’t much different, as Deer Creek used two mammoth defensive plays by Dakota Vann to stave off the Cardinals 31-28 and advance to the state tournament beginning March 13.
“Last week at practice, I told the girls that the road to get back to the state tournament was that somebody was going to have to make a play,” defending state champion Deer Creek coach Totsy Manning said after the victory over Collinsville. “I told the girls to go out and make a good play.”
Vann, a 5-10 junior, did just that — twice.
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