Special to The Sun
In 2012, the Edmond Memorial Bulldogs got off to a slow start winding up 0-5 and went in as the underdog facing a solid 3-2 Mustang team Friday night at Wantland Stadium.
But the ’Dogs turned the tables on the Broncos, scoring on their second play from scrimmage and never looking back in a dominating 41-13 victory over Mustang.
“The big thing I told them before the game in the locker room was just have fun,” said Memorial head coach Justin Meredith following the convincing win. “Play hard — why you play the game.”
Edmond quarterback Tyler Holcomb hit Jalon Smith in the left flat and Smith did the rest, trekking 57 yards around Mustang defenders for a snappy 7-0 lead on just the Bulldogs’ second snap of the contest.
Memorial’s defense didn’t even allow the Broncos to surpass the midfield stripe until the 6:32 mark in the second quarter, a drive which led to Mustang’s initial score on an 11-yard Frankie Edwards quarterback draw. But, by then, the Bulldogs had already built a 27-0 cushion which would never be whittled away from their hands.
The ’Dogs showed huge confidence in sophomore running back/quarterback Warren Wand, and for good reason. On a fourth-and-2 situation at the Bronco 16, Wand not only garnered the first down, but he sped around left end into the end zone to put the Bulldogs up 13-zip. Wand made sure Mustang had no chance of a comeback, bolting for 178 yards in the second half alone — which included a 52-yard dash into the end zone — while ending the game with a mammoth 217 yards rushing on 31 attempts.
Wand had plenty of help up front. At the start of the second stanza out of the shotgun, he took the snap on a quarterback draw and scooted up behind six-foot, 285-pound center Trey Frazier, who was plowing forward, thus allowing Wand to glide into pay dirt from 2 yards out to go up 27-nothing. In the third, Wand got loose for an 18-yard run because of an outstanding seal block by left tackle Lucas Gerdes.
Edmond Memorial scored its third TD on a 37-yard interception return by Tyren Lawson, who cut across the field and appeared to be down at the three, but was flipped up and kept his balance to cross over the goal line.
The Bulldogs’ remaining touchdown came on a 1-yard Holcomb plunge with 5:20 left in the third.
Also grabbing some positive catches for Memorial was Waylan Anderson, who caught three balls for 33 yards and had a 69-yard reception for a TD called back due to a penalty. He was joined by Evan Nicklas (2-15) and Edmund Pedulla (1-12).
On defense, Edmond defensive end Issac Nolan recorded a minus-10 sack when Mustang was driving to force a punt. Safety Koby O’Bleness logged a minus-6 sack as time expired to end the game.