The Edmond Memorial Bulldogs wrapped up the 2016 football season in fine fashion Thursday night with a 31-21 win over the Norman Tigers.
The win gave the Bulldogs an even .500 record at 5-5, 2-4 in District 6A-1-1 play. The visiting Norman team fell to 1-9 on the season with only a victory over Yukon to show for their season.
Bulldog Coach Justin Meredith gambled with rotating his two featured backs at quarterback and running back and came away successful.
Seniors Grant Decker and Brandon Hill started in the backfield for the Bulldogs and registered a 17-7 halftime score before junior Blake Burgess, at quarterback, and senior Avery Fowler garnered most of the second half stats. Memorial's defensive unit was effective throughout the game.
The Bulldogs punted on their first possession. The team's big defense slammed the door, and Memorial again had possession. Parker Smith returned the Norman punt 25 yards to give Decker and company a first down on the Norman 49.
Hill had gains of 10 and 14 while Decker scrambled for a 22-yard gain before bulldozing his way into the end zone at the 4:41 mark. Joey Tripodi added the PAT for a 7-0 lead.
The second tally came as the climax of an 80-yard drive that began at the 20 after Norman missed a 35-yard field goal and then punted on its next possession.
Decker was huge on the drive, contributing 57 yards on the ground including a 6-yard TD run for a 14-0 lead.
Norman finally got on the board as Jeremiah Scheid picked up a blocked punt and dashed into the end zone from the 10, and Jarret Webb contributed the PAT to cut the margin to 14-7.
Decker and company had the ball on the 35 with 2:47 left on the clock when he connected with Brendon Mitchell for completions of 18 and 11, and also hit Chris Pope and Parker Smith to move the ball down to the 7. From there Tripodi connected on a 25-yard field goal for a 17-7 halftime advantage.
The Bulldogs celebrated Senior Night for both the football team and the Mighty Marching Memorial Band at halftime.
Tripodi had another 25-yard field goal to open the third period before Norman's Traevon Edmondson ran it in from the 8. Memorial answered with Tripodi's third 25-yard field goal for the contest.
Fowler then slammed the lid with a nifty 48-yard scoring scamper which was followed by a successful two-point conversion from Burgess to Grant Dickson.
Edmondson got his second TD of the evening for the Tigers on a 25-yard TD pass from Ryan Haley.
Drew Harmon Special To The Sun