When all was said and done in Edmond Memorial’s 44-14 win over Northwest Classen Thursday night at Wantland Stadium, one of Michael Coppock’s offensive linemen walked up to him and swept the senior running back off his feet.

Good thing, too. Coppock could use the rest after rumbling for more than 300 yards in the win. He joined the rest of the Bulldogs in celebrating amid the mass elation the team’s first win brought. Students rushed the field and even the Northwest Classen coach addressed the Bulldogs afterwards, singling out Memorial player Austin McKey for his heart and determination.

Coppock was the star of the night, though. He ran over, through and around the NW Classen defense to the tune of 301 yards on 25 attempts. He scored four touchdowns on runs of 1, 78, 12 and 55 yards. It might have been more except for the fact he was feeling sick.

“I was a little under the weather at the end of the first half,” he said. “It must have been something I ate.”

And even when Coppock left the field, it didn’t offer the Knights much relief. Backup Jarell Robinson rushed 17 times for 133 yards and had a touchdown gallop called back. Bradley Misialek also got into the act tossing a two yard touchdown pass on a fade route to Barrett Brown in the first quarter.

“It’s a win,” Memorial coach Mark Walker said. “We feel like we should have had more this year but we appreciate this one.”

Coppock bounced back nicely from an ankle injury in the Sapulpa game. If Memorial has an identity on offense, it’s him. Thursday night’s performance brings his season total to just under 900 yards with one game to go against Tulsa Union.

“He got a little sick in the first quarter and I told him to go over to the sidelines and put his finger down his throat so he could throw up and he felt better,” Walker said. “He’s a great player. He’s a young senior. I don’t think he’s turned 18 yet. I wish I could red shirt him. He’s battled through a lot of adversity over the years with injuries. It’s nice to see him finally have some reward.”

Coppock didn’t really want to talk much about his 300 yards. Instead, he talked about what Thursday night meant to he and his teammates. Wins have been hard to come by this year. This may be Memorial’s lone victory in 10 games.

“It’s a great feeling for our team,” he said. “And what a better time to do it on senior night.”

Defensively, the Bulldogs played well giving up a big play here or there but no long drives. Memorial defenders picked off three passes. Senior Travis Grooms got one as did senior Gordon Butler and junior Nick Williams.

And while Coppock is Memorial’s best player, sometimes talent isn’t the only measure of a player. McKey has seen virtually no time this year, but he remains an inspiration to his team. As Northwest Classen’s coach addressed the Bulldogs following the game and singled out McKey you could hear a pin drop. Several players fought back tears.

“Austin hasn’t missed a practice or a game in the three years he’s been out here,” Walker said. “He’s got a lot of heart and determination. Everyone wants to win games. And winning is important. But sometimes you just have to enjoy life and enjoy the moment and tonight we all got to do that.”


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