The Edmond Sun

October 18, 2013

A ‘Wand’-erful performance

Bulldog running back gashes Choctaw for 279 yards, 4 TDs

Van Mitchell
Special to The Sun

EDMOND — The Edmond Memorial Bulldogs powered by a four-touchdown, 279-yard rushing performance by senior running back Warren Wand defeated the Choctaw Yellowjackets 33-3 Thursday night at Wantland Stadium.

The Bulldogs improve to 5-2 on the year while the Yellowjackets fall to 3-4.

Edmond Memorial head coach Justin Merideth said he was pleased his squad was able to keep Choctaw off the scoreboard for most of the game.

“I’m extremely proud of our defense to hold a good offense like that to three points and we only gave up those three points when our backups were in,” he said. “Offensively, I am proud that we came out strong even though we had a couple of penalties that hurt us and took away some points. We still had a strong first half. The second half we sputtered a little bit but we held onto the ball and got some points in the end.”

Wand scored his first touchdown of the night on a 25-yard run early in the first quarter. A Justin Marchá extra point made it 7-0 for the ‘Dogs. Marchá later added a field goal with 1:27 left in the first quarter making it 10-0.

The second quarter started with a 58-yard touchdown by Wand with 9:18 left in the first half fpr a 17-0 cushion.

Wand’s third touchdown came with just over five minutes to play in the second quarter on a nine-yard run.

A bad shotgun snap to Choctaw quarterback Jonah Llanusa gave the Bulldogs two more points from a safety making it 26-0 at the break.

Wand scored his final touchdown of the night on a 37-yard run with 6:31 left in the third quarter for Edmond’s final score of the evening.

The Yellowjackets got on the scoreboard with a 27-yard field goal by Jacob McMullen with 4:10 left in the ballgame making it 33-3.

Merideth praised his workhorse running back.

“That is what we have got to have out of him,” Merideth said. “He has to make big plays in the game and that is what we expect out of him. He works hard and I am very proud of him.”

Wand downplayed his solo efforts and said credit for his success was a team effort.

“I didn’t realize I had four,” Wand said. “I usually don’t count them. I just try to run as hard as I can. The offensive line did great and the team came together and everybody did their job and we came out with a win.”

Merideth said his squad understands the rest of their season they will face tough challenges each week.

“Up to this point they have done a great job of understanding that each week is going to be a challenge and each week is a big game,” he said. “We tell them it is like the SEC. For some reason when we tell them that they understand it and they embrace the challenges.”

The Bullogs are next in action Oct. 25 when they travel to Southmoore for a 7 p.m. contest against the SaberCats.

Merideth said Southmoore’s athleticism will be a challenge for the Bulldogs.

“The first thing that stands out is their athleticism both offensively and defensively,” Merideth said. “We have got to be physical with them and limit our mistakes.”