The Edmond Sun

September 28, 2012

Tigers show no homecoming love for Memorial

Ryan Piersol
Special to The Sun

EDMOND — A king was chosen, a queen was crowned and a pack of Tigers ran wild.

Norman rushed for 350 yards, including a 180-yard night from running back Imond Robinson, and ruined Edmond Memorial’s homecoming plans in a 45-14 decision Friday night at Wantland Stadium.

Robinson’s second carry was a 63- yarder on an option pitch play, and he didn’t slow down much from there. His 180 yards rushing came on 14 carries and included one touchdown.

Memorial head coach Justin Meredith, whose team fell to 0-5, said he would remind his players on Monday that it was simply time to go back to work.

“Norman is a good team, but we had our opportunities tonight,” Meredith said. “For whatever reason, we didn’t take advantage of them.”

The Bulldogs’ first opportunity came on the first play, as Norman fumbled away the opening kickoff, setting Memorial up only 15 yards from the end zone. The Tigers, however, intercepted a third-down pass to turn back the threat.

From there, the highlights were few and far between for the Bulldogs. They included another fumble recovery which gave them a turnover advantage on the night, while sophomore Warren Wand was also able to break loose for a pair of touchdown runs and finished with 141 yards on 17 carries.

Norman scored its first touchdown on a 16-yard pass, then added a 20-yard field goal to take a 10-0 lead into the second quarter. Running back A’erion Hines capped a 10-play, 69-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run, and a 33-yard scoring scamper by Robinson made it 24-0 at halftime.

With the Bulldogs trailing 31-0 in the third quarter, Wand tore away from a pack of defenders for a 66-yard touchdown. It was 45-7 when Wand did it again, taking a quarterback keeper 32 yards for a touchdown.

After mounting only 30 yards in the first half, Memorial managed 170 in the second to finish with 153 yards rushing and 47 passing. Norman had 466 total yards.

Wand played quarterback in the second half, but Meredith said starter Tyler Holcomb was still the starter.

“It had to do with the situation. Tyler is our quarterback,” he said. “We just wanted to try something different, mix it up a bit.”