It wasn’t flashy. It wasn’t overly complex.
It was simply and methodically dominant.
Edmond North posted one of the most lopsided victories in the history of its rivalry with Edmond Memorial on Friday night, opening the season with a 44-0 victory at Wantland Stadium.
The Huskies threw the ball, but didn’t have to. They played turnover-free offense, but didn’t need to. No, on this night, with its defense holding the Bulldogs to 193 yards and no points, everything else served as toppings.
“Of course, giving up zero points is good,” EN head coach Jeremy Dombek said. “I also thought we covered well in the secondary. When you play a run-option team, it’s easy to get sucked up, but we didn’t do that.”
North’s defense was so dominant it allowed only one completion and four yards passing all night. Memorial sophomore quarterback Warren Wand managed to break loose from the defense occasionally and finished with 130 yards rushing on 22 carries — but he was really the Bulldogs’ lone highlight.
“I thought we really came out and played well, especially in the second half,” said senior linebacker Brock Byford, who helped the Huskies lead Class 6A in defense last season. “I think we can be just as good or better than we were last year.”
Offensively, North kept it rather simple. Senior quarterback Luke Hoskins completed 9-of-15 passes for 108 yards, but most of the work was done on the ground. North’s trio of talented running backs each did their part of carrying the load, as Marque Depp rushed for 105 yards on only 11 carries, Ezel McIntee had 104 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries and Michael Farmer went for 82 yards and two scores on 10 carries.
“They’re pretty good,” Dombek said of the trio. “They’re very talented. Marque is probably the most seasoned. He’s very strong and shifty. Ezel knows multiple positions in our offense, and Michael is a big strong kid who is tough to bring down.”
Even Hoskins got in on the ground game onslaught, rushing for two touchdowns.
After missing a field goal on its first possession, North’s Ross Stewart intercepted a pass and set the Huskies up at the Bulldog 30. It took the Huskies two plays to score, as Farmer found the end zone from 10 yards out.
On their third possession, McIntee broke loose down the right sideline for a 55-yard touchdown and, after a blocked point after, it was 13-0.
North was only able to get a field goal the rest of the half but really opened it up in the third quarter. Hoskins capped a six-play, 65-yard drive with a five-yard touchdown run, and McIntee found the end zone from five yards out on the next drive to make it 30-0 with 3:23 to go in the period.
Hoskins added one more touchdown — this one from 11 yards away — early in the fourth, before Farmer finished the scoring with an eight-yard scoring scamper with 3:20 to go.
Memorial’s initial first down didn’t come until less than eight minutes remained in the first half and the Bulldogs were unable to complete a pass the entire half. They moved into North territory twice throughout the contest, with a turnover on downs at the Husky 22 standing as the closest they came to scoring.
North will try to keep its momentum rolling when it plays host to Choctaw next week. Memorial is scheduled to travel to Enid.
“We weren’t satisfied with how we played, especially in the second quarter,” Dombek said. “We didn’t really make any adjustments in the second half, we just sort of lit a fire under them.”
It wasn’t flashy. It wasn’t overly complex.
Edmond's Valuck ties for third after opening round of Mid Amateur
Oklahoma Golf Association
Mid Amateur Championship
Stillwater Country Club
June 17-18, 2013
Round 1 Results
Don Clark, Shawnee, Okla. - 34-35--69
Austin Hannah, Jenks, Okla. - 33-38--71
Kacey Threet, Grove, Oklahoma - 34-38--72
Jeff Tyrrell, Duncan, Okla. - 34-38--72
Jon Valuck, Edmond, Okla. - 34-38--72
Tyler Hall, Moore, Okla. - 34-39--73
Tom Zeiders, Tulsa, Okla. - 35-38--73
Brad Christianson, Jenks, Okla. - 36-37--73
Justin Jang, Norman, Okla. - 40-34--74
Phillip Bryan, Mustang, Okla. - 35-39--74
Jim Davis, Stillwater, Okla. - 34-40--74
Shawn Barker, Bartlesville, Okla. - 34-41--75
Brent Taylor, Bartlesville, Okla. - 38-38--76
Jeff Coffman, Oklahoma City, Okla. - 37-39--76
Blake Gibson, Yukon, Okla. - 33-43--76
Brent Gregg, Okc, Okla. - 37-39--76
Don Howard, Ponca, Oklahoma - 39-37--76
Ryan Munson, Edmond, Okla. - 39-38--77
Aaron Wilson, Stillwater, Okla. - 36-41--77
Jose Delgado, Tulsa, Okla. - 37-40--77
Brett Alcorn, Edmond, Okla. - 39-38--77
Max Showalter, Oklahoma City, Okla. - 36-41--77
John Stansbury, Edmond, Oklahoma - 35-42--77
Neil Metz, Edmond, Okla. - 38-39--77
Broncho wrestling program signs 7
Perennial national wrestling power Central Oklahoma has added five Oklahoma All-Staters and a pair of junior college All-Americans to the program for 2013-14, including locals Josh Breece of Edmond North and Alec Warren of Edmond Memorial.
High school stars signing with the Bronchos were Josh Breece of Edmond North, Zac D’Amico of Southmoore, John Jacob Finn of Westmoore, Tyler Tustin of Poteau and Alec Warren of Edmond Memorial, while Jeromy Davenport and Spencer Rutherford of Labette Community College also inked letters of intent.
6 Edmond golfers hit pro links in Norman
Six Edmond golf professionals will tee it up Wednesday in the Second Annual OK Kids Korral Championship at Belmar Golf Club in Norman.
One hundred-eight players make up this year’s event on the Adams Golf Pro Tour Series. This includes five amateurs and 15 of the top 25 players on the 2013 AGPTS money list including last week’s winner in Miami, Okla. Mark Walker of Hurst, Texas, who is currently third among the money leaders.
Players from Edmond include William Kropp, Andrew Green, Dillon Rust, Wilhelm Bogstrand, Jackson Ogle and Cameron Meyers.
UCO Endeavor Games athletes qualify for 2014 world championship powerlifting team
At the University of Central Oklahoma’s Endeavor Games for Athletes with Physical Disabilities June 6-9, four athletes qualified for the 2014 World Championships in the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) powerlifting competition.
The qualifying athletes include Trevor Bunch from O’Fallon, Mo.; who is making his World Championships debut; Scott Danberg from Cooper City, Fla., a five-time Paralympian; Bryce Segura from New Iberia, La., who is competing in his first World Championships; and Mary Stack from Ann Arbor, Mich., a four-time Paralympian.
Two UCO rowers named All-American
Central Oklahoma rowers Jenna Goodner and Michaela Stam have been named to the NCAA Division II All-America Team, it was announced by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association.
Goodner was a first-team selection, while Stam was a second-team choice. All-America selections take into account a candidate’s strength of schedule, regular season record, end of season regatta results, nomination rank, coach’s comments and 2,000-meter ergometer score.
The remembrance remains fresh
The celebration is not over.
The Deer Creek girls basketball team continued to relive March’s state basketball championship Friday at Deer Creek High School with a Class 5A state championship ring ceremony.
Head coach Totsy Manning greeted each of her players by presenting them with a title ring.
Traffic shouldn’t be an issue with upcoming national soccer tournament
About 15,000 people are expected at the U.S. Youth Soccer Southern Regional at the Edmond Soccer Complex on Danforth Road near Kelly Avenue June 21-27.
The number of out-of-state guests should not be a problem according to Assistant City Manager Steve Commons. The tournament will attract more than 200 boys and girls teams, ages Under-13 through Under-19, from the 12 state associations that make up U.S. Youth Soccer Region III (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, north Texas, Oklahoma, South Carolina, south Texas and Tennessee).
As a matter of fact, Commons feels very upbeat about the prospect of Edmond hosting the national tournament.
LaFaye takes Pick-A-Partner crown with 135
The KickingBird Men’s Golf Assocation’s Pick-A-Partner was won by Robert LaFaye Saturday with a 135.
Sean Conrad took second (136) while Kevin Wright and Kevin O’Neil deadlocked for third place at 137.
UCO overtakes Division II foes for national title
Starting out the postseason, the University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos softball team puttered out in the MIAA Tournament.
But UCO shifted it into another gear when the rounds of regionals began and rode the wild momentum going undefeated en route to securing the NCAA II national championship over Kutztown (Pa.) in Salem, Va.
The Bronchos dominated, going 9-0 straight through to the national title contest on May 27.
2013 US Youth Soccer Region III Championships to bring more than $8 million to Edmond area
he 2013 US Youth Soccer Region III (South) Championships presented by the National Guard, to be played June 21-27, will provide an estimated economic impact of more than $8 million to the Edmond area.
Local restaurants, hotels, retail stores and others will benefit from the more than 3,600 players, coaches, teams and tournament officials, along with an estimated 12,000 spectators attending the seven-day tournament. Visitors to the Edmond area will book an estimated 10,000 room nights at area hotels.
The top 200 Boys and Girls US Youth Soccer teams from Region III, including at least 19 teams from the host Oklahoma Soccer Association, will compete at the Edmond Soccer Club Complex.
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