The Edmond Sun

September 7, 2013

After the jumble; Memorial blanks North

Scott Wanish
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — After the first-quarter turnover jumble, Edmond Memorial collected itself and posted 13 points in the ensuing stanza and the Bulldog defense held Edmond North to a 13-0 shutout Friday night at Wantland Stadium. Memorial will host Enid next week and North will trek to Choctaw for week two.

The comedy of errors began just a 1:45 into the contest when Bulldog lineman Chase Kemp recovered a fumble on the Husky 31-yard line. In all, the opening period saw six fumbles, five of which were lost and one interception as North was responsible for four of the six turnovers.

Edmond Memorial got on the board at the start of the second, when Jalon Moore-Smith nabbed a slant pass, ducked his head and turned upfield for a 21-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Mick Mayerske for a 7-0 lead.

Mayerske wasn’t finished. Just under six minutes later, the junior QB found Waylan Anderson uncovered in the right flat. Anderson was so open, Mayerske just floated the ball while his receiver waited. When Anderson hauled in the pass, he ran right through a would-be tackler 31 yards for a score and the 13-0 final. Anderson caught six passes for 63 yards in the game while Mayerske hit on 12-of-19 passes for 92 yards and the two TDs.

The Bulldogs (1-0) outrushed the Huskies, 196-47 with Warren Wand chewing up 154 of those yards on 24 attempts. He pumped out double-digit gains of 12, 10, 17 and 53 yards in the contest.

In the passing game, North signal-caller Stephen McLernon threw for 161 yards on 15-of-30 attempts with the first-quarter interception.

The leading Husky target was Luke Rossi, who caught seven balls for 55 yards while Richard McCauley nabbed four for 52. Rossi also chalked up a 20-yard punt return and ended the night going 31 yards on three punt returns.

Preserving Memorial’s shutout, senior defensive back Ben Moore broke up a pass in the back of the end zone that would have went for a score and then on fourth-and-six, teammate Ashton Antwine knocked down a pass just inside the right pylon.

Bulldog Kourtney Williams just ripped a ball out of a running back’s hands and LaManuel Singleton recorded a one-handed, pull-down-by-the-shirt sack.