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.
Two UCO football players named All-Region
Central Oklahoma running back Joshua Birmingham and wide receiver Marquez Clark both earned first-team recognition on the Daktronics All-Super Region Three Team that was released today, with Clark also claiming second-team honors at kick returner.
First-team honorees on the four all-region teams selected around the country are now eligible for Daktronics All-America selection, with those teams to be announced Dec. 17.
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Bulldogs use extra period in conquest of Norman North
Defense and Kristian Doolittle drawing fouls aided Edmond Memorial to a 53-48 win in overtime at Norman North Tuesday night.
“It was a total team effort,” Bulldog head coach Shane Cowherd said about the triumph. “We had great play from Jacob Essman on the glass and Kristian Doolittle who drew foul after key foul.”
Down the stretch, Memorial’s Taylor Hicks hit some huge free throws to contribute to the team win. Hicks led the ‘Dogs with 14 points, Essman added 11 and Doolittle finished with nine.
“It was a very solid win for us,” Cowherd added. “Norman North is very talented.
Football playoffs moved back a week
With the primary concern of the safety and welfare of participants, coaches, administrators and fans, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association (OSSAA) has postponed all state football playoff games one full week.
Oklahoma State University has served as a gracious host for the past four years for Classes 6A through A, and their understanding of the need to insure safe travel for the schools helped the OSSAA to make the determination. We also extend our gratitude to Tulsa University and their administrative staff for making themselves available to our member schools.
Lady Huskies start out in win column
The Edmond North Lady Huskies stepped out on the right foot Tuesday night, staving off visiting Stillwater 70-64 in the first game of the 2013-14 season.
“We kept our composure and continued to be aggressive,” said North head coach Karlie Free. “Stillwater attempted to apply some pressure with a full-court press, but we handled it and had kids step up and hit free throws down the stretch.”
Big baskets in the final period came from a pair of up-and-coming freshmen as 5-7 Lauren Koenig and 5-7 Emma Ledbetter came through in the clutch to keep the Huskies on top. The rookie duo each hit double-figures, scoring 10 points each.
Wolfpack swarms Millers in third quarter
After a 36-36 deadlock at intermission with Yukon Tuesday night, the Edmond Santa Fe boys jelled as a defense in the third period to pull away from the Millers 78-66 at Edmond Santa Fe High School.
“We didn’t come out and do a very good job defensively the whole night,” said Wolves coach Lenny Hatchett after the opening-night victory. “It was mainly because Yukon did a great job of playing smart and patient. We did come out in the second half and play more as a team, but we have to do a better job of putting four quarters together — we just played better team defense in the third quarter.”
In the third, the Wolfpack took the stanza handily by a 20-7 margin.
Wolf Curran Scott exploded for 29 points, hitting a perfect 15-of-15 from the charity stripe. He was ensued by teammate Daron Mims’ 16 points.
Santa Fe will host 15th Street foe Edmond Memorial Friday night weather permitting.
YMCA spring sports registration nears
Registration for YMCA spring sports will run from Dec. 17 through Jan. 24 for volleyball (ages 8-15), track (5-14) and soccer (3-14) at the Rankin and the new Mitch Park YMCA located at 1501 W. Covell Road.
For the Rankin YMCA, call 348-9622 or visit www.ymcaokc.org.
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UCO men rout OCU
Seth Heckart scored eight points during a 22-6 run early in the second half that put Central Oklahoma back in control and the Bronchos went on to roll over Oklahoma City 85-63 Saturday afternoon at Hamilton Field House on the second day of the UCO Classic.
The Stars had trimmed a 14-point first-half deficit to four early in the second half before Heckart scored five straight points to ignite the big scoring spurt that ended with UCO holding a 20-point cushion and the Bronchos coasted in from there.
It was the fourth straight win for Central, which improved to 6-1 in finishing off a two-game sweep in the weekend event.
UCO's Dauphin named MIAA Wrestler of Week
Central Oklahoma’s Cory Dauphin has been named the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Wrestler of the Week, the league office announced.
The senior from El Reno captured the 157-pound title and was named Outstanding Wrestler at the Nebraska-Kearney Holiday Inn Open Nov. 23 as he remained undefeated on the season.
Dauphin breezed to three wins in the one-day tournament, following an opening-round bye with 7-2 and 6-1 victories before scoring a first-period fall in the finals. The defending national champion improved to 8-0 in running his winning streak to 26 in a row.
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