Special to The Sun
Edmond Memorial clinched a spot in the playoffs on Friday night with a 61-14 victory over the Putnam City West Patriots at Wantland Stadium.
After the Bulldogs recovered a fumble on the opening possession, Waylon Anderson took a reverse handoff 40 yards for the touchdown. An interception by Tasden Ingram set Memorial up for another opportunity and Tyler Holcomb heaved the ball to Will Scott for a 48-yard score.
Just three plays later and another fumble by Putnam City West, the Bulldogs were back at it. This time Warren Wand took a handoff and scampered in for a 10-yard touchdown run.
PC West finally got on the board with 1:00 minute to play in the first quarter after an eight-play, 80-yard drive to cut the Memorial lead to 20-7. The Bulldogs responded with a three-play drive that spanned 61 yards and after the first quarter the score was Memorial 27, Putnam City West 7.
Putnam City punted the ball on their first possession of the second quarter and Memorial drove 48 yards for another score, this one on a pass from Holcomb to Edmund Pedulla for the 12-yard strike that pushed the Bulldog lead to 34-7.
Edmond Memorial forced a punt and went down to score another touchdown. Then on defense, Ashton Antwine intercepted a Steven Stallings pass and took it 37 yards for the Bulldog touchdown and the score was 48-7.
The score remained that way until halftime. Holcomb went to the locker room 5-for-5 passing with 116 yards and two touchdowns. Wand had nine carries for 121 yards and three touchdowns. Holcomb would not return in the second half.
A turnover for each team started the second half and then Edmond Memorial got a three-yard touchdown run from Mick Mayerske on fourth down and goal. The ensuing kickoff resulted in the sixth turnover of the night for Putnam City West. Edmond Memorial took over with their subs in the game at the Patriots’ 20-yard line but would turn the ball over on downs for the third time in the game.
Putnam City West held the ball for its longest possession of the game and scored a touchdown with 9:25 to play in the fourth quarter after a seven-yard scramble by Stallings.
Scott fielded the ensuing kickoff at the Bulldog 21-yard line, hit a hole full speed and ran 79 yards for the touchdown, his second of the game.
Putnam City held the ball for all but the final minute. An interception by the Bulldogs capped off the night.
“The seniors, there’s no way we could have made it without them,” Justin Merideth said. The head coach added that he was very proud of them and how they fought through.
Edmond Memorial will keep their season going with the victory, as they enter the playoffs after going 4-3 in district play. All of the Bulldogs’ wins came in district play, including pivotal victories over Mustang and Southmoore, both of whom end with better overall win-loss records than Memorial. But the Bulldogs got their wins when it counted will enter postseason play next week.
“I’m so happy about that,” Merideth said.
In third place in District 6A-4, Memorial face District 6A-3 No. 2 Edmond North next week at Wantland Stadium.