The Edmond Sun
Edmond Memorial led crosstown rival Edmond Santa Fe 28-20 in the fourth quarter Friday night at Wantland Stadium.
With the Wolves building momentum and moving the ball in the final frame, it was some Bulldogs who made some huge second-half plays to keep Santa Fe at bay in a 35-20 Memorial victory.
With just 7:17 left in regulation, the Wolfpack faced a fourth-and-goal at the four down just eight points. Santa Fe’s speedy Cameron Westbrook ran from left to right on an arcing reverse and was headed toward the goal line. But Memorial’s Ben Moore fought off a blocker and stuffed Westbrook at the one to turn the ball over on downs.
Pinned back near their goal line, the ‘Dogs opted to punch the ball up the middle three times before punting. The snap on the punt rolled to punter Justin Marchá, who scooped the pigskin up quickly and somehow got a kick away.
Explosive kick returner Malik Earl fielded the ball at the Memorial 39 on the move and scooted 36 yards up the right sideline. With one last leap from the Bulldog three, Earl attempted to reach the ball over the goal line but lost control. The football wriggled into the end zone and was recovered by Jake Mammen for a touchback.
Late in the third period with Santa Fe driving, Memorial’s Tasden Ingram perfectly anticipated Santa Fe quarterback Keaton Torre’s throw near the sideline. He jumped the route in stride at the Bulldog four and rumbled 74 yards the other way to the Wolf 22-yard line.
Bulldog Warren Wand, who rushed for 184 yards on 35 carries, slammed the door completely shut on Santa Fe by shooting like a lightning bolt 55 yards up the gut for a 15-point cushion with just under three minutes to play. In the second quarter, Wand had an amazing, spinning 64-yard touchdown run crisscrossing the field whistled back because of a hold.
Memorial posted a 21-6 halftime lead on a couple of one-yard plowing runs by running quarterback Luke Booker and when Waylan Anderson studdered away from his own three-yard line on the opening kickoff, he put it in warp speed 97 yards for a score.
Bulldog passing quarterback Mick Mayerske also scored on the ground, traversing 14 yards straight up the middle on the latter half’s opening drive. Memorial actually kicked off the start of the second half, but recovered an onside kick.
Marchá was a perfect 5-for-5 on extra-point kicks and had a pair of punts travel more than 40 yards, going 46 and 40 yards respectively. Santa Fe punter Edward Smith punted a 58-yarder.
The Wolves got within 28-20 at the start of the final quarter on an eight-yard run by Darren Williams. Williams also hit pay dirt on a 10-yard scamper in the second period and Santa Fe’s remaining score came on a Michael Farmer one-yard run which he set up himself, when on defense he stripped a Memorial ball carrier and fellow Wolf Darren Talley recovered on the Bulldog 37.
Williams ran 14 times for 121 yards, that included a 55-yard burst.
Torre passed for 174 yards on 14-of-20 attempts with leading Wolfpack receivers Austin Zackery (5-33), Ryan Sanderson (2-36) and Malik Earl (3-29). In addition to Earl’s 39-yard punt return, he also ran a kickoff back for 39 yards and had a 41-yard punt return.
Defensively for Santa Fe, Farmer had a hard minus-2 tackle on Wand and Michael Onwuchuruba rolled over Booker for a minus-11 sack.
For Memorial, LaManuel Singleton chalked up a sack for a loss of five yards along with Charlie Dutton, Kourtney Williams dropped Torre for a minus-6 sack and Chase Kemp provided a tackle for a loss of a yard behind the line of scrimmage.
The Bulldogs finish the regular-season portion of the schedule at Putnam West next Friday and while the Wolves will host Choctaw.