Special to The Sun
The Edmond North Huskies beat both the weather and the visiting Eagles from Lawton Eisenhower Friday night to remain atop the District Class 6A-3 standings with a 2-0 record.
The 24-7 victory at Wantland Stadium Friday night started at 6 p.m. to beat a typical Oklahoma storm, which was scheduled to hit the metro area later in the evening. The win lifted the Huskies to 4-1 for the season while the hard-luck Eagles fell to 0-2 in the district and 1-4 overall.
Something will have to give next week when the Huskies journey to Yukon Thursday night to take on the Millers, also 2-0 in district play after a victory over Norman North Friday. If you want to compare scores, the Millers defeated Lawton Ike, 42-28, last week in the district opener.
Friday night’s game featured a stingy Husky defense that was bent several times but never broken. Linebackers Lance Dixon and Scott Courtney combined for 23 tackles including two sacks against the explosive Eagle offense.
Meanwhile, quarterback Stephen McClernon handed off to Richard McCauley, Ezel McIntee and Miles Jones and kept it himself to propel the run game to an even 200 yards. The junior quarterback was even more impressive through the air, connecting on 13-of-19 for 139 yards and two touchdowns.
The 3-0 first quarter lead for the Huskies was set up by a splendid defensive play by Toby Sanderson, who tracked down Eisenhower punter Tyler Rabe, who was scrambling for a high snap. Sanderson dopped Rabe for a 17-yard loss to give North the ball on the Lawton Ike 25.
McCauley picked up eight yards but when the drive stalled, North soccer star Trevor Moore calmly booted a 32-yard field goal for a lead the Huskies would never relinquish.
The Dixons (Joel and Lance) set up the next score with back-to-back stops that forced another hurried snap that resulted in a 34-yard runback by McIntee to give McClernon and Co. the ball just 18 yards from pay dirt.
The mammoth North front line of Blake Snow, Shane Taylor, Gage Lambert, Austin Steward and Ty’Rell Johnson then took charge and opened and sustained a huge running lane for McIntee and he darted virtually untouched into the end zone for the score. Moore made it 10-0 with 6:52 left in the half.
The Eagles got their only goal following a 53-yard punt return by Jarvis Jackson that advanced the ball to the 17 and B.J. Davis darted into the end zone on the first play. When Brandon Schmidt kicked the PAT, it was 10-7 with 2:06 left and everyone sat back and waited for the homecoming festivities to begin.
But the Huskies were not quite through. McIntee dashed back to the 41 of Lawton Eisenhower with the kickoff and following a three-yard loss and a five-yard penalty, McClernon faced a third-and-16 with 18 seconds left on the clock.
Again, the Husky QB did not panic, as he stood secure in the cocoon preserved by his “O” line and found Luke Rossi on a crossing pattern and the North senior made a leaping catch as he tumbled into the end zone for the TD. Moore made it 17-7 which brightened the homecoming festivities considerably.
Both defenses were solid in the third period as the Huskies were limited to two punts and a pass interception, while the visitors punted on all three possessions.
On their first possession of the final quarter, the Huskies marched to the nine-yard line before running out of downs and Moore’s 25-yard field goal attempt got caught in the gusting winds.
So, it looked like “kill the clock” time when the Huskies gained possession on their own 46 with a punt and just over five minutes left on the clock.
McIntee and McClernon took turns running behind their good friends up front and Miles Jones sneaked in a 16-yard reverse that moved the ball to first-and-10 from the 13 and 1:45 left on the clock.
No victory formation for the Huskies for in district play, ties are resolved by points and a team can gain a maximum of 15 in each game. A 10-yard pass to Carson Taber moved it to the three before McClernon’s fade route found a leaping Rossi in the corner for the touchdown. Moore made it 24-7 and that was it.
Rossi finished with seven catches for the Huskies for 43 yards.