Turns out, this Edmond North football team can win with offense, too.
With the distraction of homecoming looming, the Huskies gave up nearly 300 first-half yards and fell into a two-touchdown hole twice. Still, behind a bruising running game and an efficient night from its quarterback, Edmond North was able to run away from Putnam City North, 52-28, in the district opener for both teams Friday night at Wantland Stadium.
Edmond North hadn’t given up more than 17 points in a game since the 2010 season. The Panthers had more than that by the 8:04 mark of the second quarter.
“We knew the defense would get going at some point, but we had to pick it up in the meantime,” Husky running back Marque Depp said. “Then, in the second half, the defense was perfect, and the offense just kept rolling.”
Depp was one of two Edmond North backs to top the 100-yard mark, as he went for 141 and two touchdowns on 17 carries. Teammate Michael Farmer also had 127 yards and a pair of scores on 11 carries. In all, the Huskies tallied 330 yards on the ground.
Then there was quarterback Luke Hoskins, who was an efficient 15-of-23 with 160 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions.
“We were under a lot of pressure out there at the start,” Farmer said. “Coach got us together, told us how to fix it, and then told us to go fix it.”
How Putnam North managed to rack up points on the Huskies was downright bizarre. In fact, the Panthers had 280 yards in the first half and 256 of those came on only four plays. And all four of those scoring plays came on the first play of a series.
It started with the very first offensive play when a halfback pass found a wide-open receiver for an 80-yard touchdown and a quick 6-0 lead for Putnam North. That was followed by a 66-yard wide-receiver scoring sweep early in the second quarter, and another halfback pass connected with another wide-open receiver for a 30-yard scoring strike, which put the Panthers ahead 21-7.
Putnam North’s final touchdown came when it appeared the Huskies were going to sack quarterback John Simon, who managed to get off a pass that looked like a basketball jump shot. It found running back Tae Moore, who broke a pair of tackles and outran the rest of the Edmond North defense for an 80-yard touchdown.
The difference in this one was the ability of the Huskies to keep pace. Putnam North’s final score put the Panthers up 28-14, but Edmond North answered right back with a 12-play, 68-yard drive that was capped by a 3-yard Depp touchdown. The Huskies then evened the score up, 28-28, at the break with a 46-yard romp by Ezel McIntee.
The second half was all Huskies. A Lindell Tate interception set them up in opponent territory and Depp scored on the ground from 6 yards out to put them ahead, 35-28. Trevor Moore connected on a 27-yard field goal and Jarech Page jumped into the end zone from a yard out to put Edmond North ahead, 45-28, with 10:02 to play. Farmer finished the scoring with a 26-yard touchdown run.
The Husky running backs were quick to credit their offensive line for the ability to roll up 490 yards of offense. Farmer also mentioned something else.
“In practice, we go up against our defense, and when we get into games, it’s actually a little easier,” he said. “Our defense just plays so physical and the way our coaches coach them makes them really good.”
Turns out, this Edmond North football team can win with offense, too.
6 Edmond golfers hit pro links in Norman
Six Edmond golf professionals will tee it up Wednesday in the Second Annual OK Kids Korral Championship at Belmar Golf Club in Norman.
One hundred-eight players make up this year’s event on the Adams Golf Pro Tour Series. This includes five amateurs and 15 of the top 25 players on the 2013 AGPTS money list including last week’s winner in Miami, Okla. Mark Walker of Hurst, Texas, who is currently third among the money leaders.
Players from Edmond include William Kropp, Andrew Green, Dillon Rust, Wilhelm Bogstrand, Jackson Ogle and Cameron Meyers.
UCO Endeavor Games athletes qualify for 2014 world championship powerlifting team
At the University of Central Oklahoma’s Endeavor Games for Athletes with Physical Disabilities June 6-9, four athletes qualified for the 2014 World Championships in the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) powerlifting competition.
The qualifying athletes include Trevor Bunch from O’Fallon, Mo.; who is making his World Championships debut; Scott Danberg from Cooper City, Fla., a five-time Paralympian; Bryce Segura from New Iberia, La., who is competing in his first World Championships; and Mary Stack from Ann Arbor, Mich., a four-time Paralympian.
Two UCO rowers named All-American
Central Oklahoma rowers Jenna Goodner and Michaela Stam have been named to the NCAA Division II All-America Team, it was announced by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association.
Goodner was a first-team selection, while Stam was a second-team choice. All-America selections take into account a candidate’s strength of schedule, regular season record, end of season regatta results, nomination rank, coach’s comments and 2,000-meter ergometer score.
The remembrance remains fresh
The celebration is not over.
The Deer Creek girls basketball team continued to relive March’s state basketball championship Friday at Deer Creek High School with a Class 5A state championship ring ceremony.
Head coach Totsy Manning greeted each of her players by presenting them with a title ring.
Traffic shouldn’t be an issue with upcoming national soccer tournament
About 15,000 people are expected at the U.S. Youth Soccer Southern Regional at the Edmond Soccer Complex on Danforth Road near Kelly Avenue June 21-27.
The number of out-of-state guests should not be a problem according to Assistant City Manager Steve Commons. The tournament will attract more than 200 boys and girls teams, ages Under-13 through Under-19, from the 12 state associations that make up U.S. Youth Soccer Region III (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, north Texas, Oklahoma, South Carolina, south Texas and Tennessee).
As a matter of fact, Commons feels very upbeat about the prospect of Edmond hosting the national tournament.
LaFaye takes Pick-A-Partner crown with 135
The KickingBird Men’s Golf Assocation’s Pick-A-Partner was won by Robert LaFaye Saturday with a 135.
Sean Conrad took second (136) while Kevin Wright and Kevin O’Neil deadlocked for third place at 137.
UCO overtakes Division II foes for national title
Starting out the postseason, the University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos softball team puttered out in the MIAA Tournament.
But UCO shifted it into another gear when the rounds of regionals began and rode the wild momentum going undefeated en route to securing the NCAA II national championship over Kutztown (Pa.) in Salem, Va.
The Bronchos dominated, going 9-0 straight through to the national title contest on May 27.
2013 US Youth Soccer Region III Championships to bring more than $8 million to Edmond area
he 2013 US Youth Soccer Region III (South) Championships presented by the National Guard, to be played June 21-27, will provide an estimated economic impact of more than $8 million to the Edmond area.
Local restaurants, hotels, retail stores and others will benefit from the more than 3,600 players, coaches, teams and tournament officials, along with an estimated 12,000 spectators attending the seven-day tournament. Visitors to the Edmond area will book an estimated 10,000 room nights at area hotels.
The top 200 Boys and Girls US Youth Soccer teams from Region III, including at least 19 teams from the host Oklahoma Soccer Association, will compete at the Edmond Soccer Club Complex.
Memorial graduate Morris totes home MVP trophy
It’s always good when Oklahoma beats Texas in anything and Saturday night’s 101-95 victory by Oklahoma over Texas in the annual Faith 7 Basketball Bowl at Oklahoma Baptist University's Noble Complex was a real cause for celebration.
But the happiest person in the gym might have been Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall. You might remember that Marshall and his band of opportunistic Shockers shocked the basketball world and several NCAA experts with their improbable run to the much coveted Final 4 in April.
But Marshall, one of the clinic speakers during the annual Oklahoma Basketball Coaches Association annual festival, didn't want to talk about the Shockers’ monumental achievements of the spring. His big grin and jovial nature could easily have been a glimpse into the Wichita State future.
Stars’ Crabaugh, Jensen become MLB draftees
Oklahoma City University’s Cody Crabaugh and Chase Jensen have been chosen in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Saturday.
The San Diego Padres took Jensen in the 22nd round with the 658th overall selection, while the Miami Marlins picked Crabaugh, a former Edmond North player, in the 32nd round with the 952nd choice.
Crabaugh, a senior right-handed pitcher from Edmond, compiled a 13-2 record and 2.12 earned run average, three complete games, a shutout and 77 strikeouts in 93.1 innings pitched this year.
In the NAIA, Crabaugh ranked fourth in wins this year. He led the SAC in wins and ranked second in ERA to his teammate Derek Howell. Crabaugh struck out seven in eight innings, both season highs, against Mid-America Christian on May 3 in the SAC Tournament. His whitewashed St. Gregory's on March 20 in Shawnee, Okla. He became a second-team NAIA all-American and first-team all-SAC selection this season.
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