The Edmond Sun


November 11, 2013

Edlam at Wantland again Friday in playoffs

EDMOND — Both Edmond Memorial and Edmond North won last week, setting up a clash between the two sister schools this Friday at 7 p.m. at Wantland Stadium in round l of the Class 6A playoffs.

As expected, both squads lassoed wins convincingly as the Bulldogs rallied at Putnam West 50-14 and the Huskies doomed U.S. Grant, 37-6.

The two schools met at the start of the season, as Memorial’s defense was stout, holding North to just 47 yards rushing and forcing five turnovers. The ‘Dogs dropped the Huskies, 13-0.

“I think we feel we’ve gotten better since then on both sides of the ball,” said North head coach Scott Burger, who in his first year as a head coach is taking the Huskies to the postseason. “We had some turnovers. The kids know when they do things wrong; they just need to go out and get it right the next time.”

In the first meeting, North lost four fumbles and threw an interception. Memorial did lose a pair of fumbles, but outrushed the Huskies 196-47 with 154 of that coming from the explosive feet of Warren Wand.

And, after the ‘Dogs blasted the Patriots Friday night, head coach Justin Merideth is even more confident in his running attack, which also showcases speedy Waylan Anderson and primary blocking fullbacks Sam Rolle and Tristan McBee.

“I think offensively we’re really running the ball well at this point,” Merideth pointed out after the West victory. “The quarterbacks (Mick Mayerske and Luke Booker) played very well and defensively we’ve been consistent.

“Yes, I think we are peaking.”

North as well as Memorial used mostly reserves in the final regular season contest.

In Edlam at the start of the season, the Huskies did post 161 passing yards from the arm of Stephen McClernon with Luke Rossi snatching seven of those passes for 55 yards and teamate Richard McCauley coming down with four grabs for 52 yards.

Anderson led Memorial in receiving with six catches for 63 yards from Mayerske.

“They’re excited to play,” Burger stated about his troops. “I think they’re just excited for the chance to make the next round. We’ll just try to take it one game at a time and try to get better.”

Memorial (6-4, 5-2) second in district 6A-4 is the designated home team as North (6-4, 5-2) placed third in 6A-3. The victor will take on the winner of the Tulsa Union (8-2)/Sapulpa (6-4) on Nov. 22.

Also in 6A, Edmond Santa Fe finds itself in a rematch with Midwest City. At the start of this season, the Wolves fell 3-0 to the Bombers at Wantland with a reshuffled lineup with starting quarterback Justice Hansen out with an injury. But with sophomore QB Keaton Torre getting so many reps, Santa Fe should be able to put up some points Friday night at 7 p.m. in Midwest City.

“Well, we have a quarterback now,” Santa Fe coach Lance Manning said. “Keaton (Torre) is playing well and we are regaining an identity offensively.

“They (Midwest City) are very good defensively, but, yes, we have more confidence in our offense at this point than week one.”

Michael Farmer posted four touchdowns in last Friday’s 55-30 triumph over Choctaw while Midwest City blanked Moore 36-zip. Santa Fe (6-4, 4-3) is the No. 3 seed in 6A-4 and while the host Bombers (8-2, 5-2) is the two seed in 6A-3. Winner takes on the winner of the Owasso (5-5)/Jenks (10-0) contest Nov. 22.

In 5A, Deer Creek could not handle McGuinness quarterback Jacob Lewis, who trekked for 390 yards rushing and eight touchdowns (one passing), but the Antlers (6-4) are stepping out of their rugged district and will play at Cameron Stadium in Lawton versus Lawton MacArthur (8-2) this Friday at 7 p.m.

The winner will face the victor of the Pryor (7-3)/Skiatook (4-6) game Nov. 22.

Defending Class 2A state champion Oklahoma Christian School is back in the playoffs, despite gradutating a large contingent of last season’s stars. The Saints (7-3) will have a tough time of it at Chisholm (9-1) Friday with the winner meeting the winner of the Marietta (5-5)/Lindsay (7-2) game Nov. 22.


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