CNHI News Service
It took a few weeks for Southmoore, but that elusive identity it’s been searching for has finally taken shape. No longer is it the finesse team that likes to throw the ball all over the field.
In the span of a couple of games, the SaberCats have transformed into a ground-and-pound bully that likes to beat up their opponents. Which is what they did Friday in a 17-3 win over Edmond Memorial at Moore Stadium.
“It was just a hard fought game,” Southmoore senior Pierce Speed said. “We knew we could run the ball on them. This is the same us. We are just doing what we got to do to win. If it’s an ugly win, we’ll take it.”
Trailing 17-3, Edmond Memorial still had a little hope left as it drove down the field in the final minutes. Quarterback Mick Mayerske hit his receivers for short passes and drove the team into SaberCat territory.
Needing only a touchdown to make it a one possession game, Mayerske threw a 30-yard pass into the end zone. However, Southmoore freshman Quindon Lewis made a diving interception with 1:53 left on the clock to put the game away. It was his first interception of his career and the third for the team on the night.
Behind Jaleon Walker’s 180 rushing yards, Southmoore plowed through the Bulldogs and moved to 5-3 on the season.
Southmoore didn’t waste any time showing Edmond what its game plan was going to be on the night. They gave the Bulldogs a heavy dose of Walker on the opening drive of the game. The senior tailback carried the team 65 yards down to Edmond’s 15-yard line.
Speed then came in and finished off the drive with a a two-yard touchdown run. The SaberCats took six minutes off the clock.
Edmond Memorial tried to answer back, but safety Tristan Johnson intercepted Mayerske on the Bulldogs’ first possession. It led to another Speed touchdown and a 14-0 advantage with 2:23 left in first quarter.
In the second half, the Bulldogs began to feed Warren Wand the football. The 5-7, 170-pound tailback weaved his way in and out of the clutches of the Southmoore defenders.
But the Cats held them to a Justin Marchá 42-yard field goal.
Southmoore entered the fourth quarter leading 14-3 and in complete control. Even after Walker and Speed both went down with cramps in the same series, Darrien Moss took over where they left off and got them down to the 8-yard line.
After taking 5:30 minutes off the clock, Chris Nemecek kicked a 31-yard field goal to extend lead back to 14 points for the 17-3 final.
Memorial is back at home Friday, hosting the crosstown rival Santa Fe Wolfpack.