Special to The Sun
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