Posted: Thursday, October 15, 2015 11:50 pm
The game was getting out of hand after the first minute.
The Edmond Memorial Bulldogs beat the Norman Tigers 44-14 Thursday night at Wantland Stadium. The game was never in question as Memorial dominated both sides of the ball and had quick scoring drives that piled up fast.
The ‘Dogs started the game with an onside kick, that Dareion Gooden recovered at the Norman 45-yard line. Running back Tate Troxell took it most of the drive and capped it off with a three-yard run straight up the middle with exactly 11 minutes left in the first quarter.
On the Tigers' first drive, they fumbled three plays in. That started a bad habit as Norman ended up with six fumbles. The Tigers had a hard time getting any offense going throughout the first quarter as the Bulldog defense didn't allow a first down. Norman picked up just a pair in the second stanza.
Troxell went back to work on the next couple of drives as he led the Edmond Memorial to the red zone again. Teammate Braxton Pickard tacked on a field goal halfway through the first.
The Bulldogs then started to use a running back-by-committee approach between Troxell and Mbari Snoddy. The two caused the Tigers fits all night and helped take pressure off of quarterback Jonah Weltzheimer.
Snoddy scored on the next drive on a six-yard run. He had to shake a defender to his left and immediately juke out to his right just to get in the end zone. The score was 17-0 and only 12 minutes elapsed off the clock.
Weltzheimer established a quick rapport with his receivers as he spread the ball around to five different players including Troxell. The running back was as versatile as a receiver just as he was punishing as a runner. Troxell added a receiving touchdown with seven minutes left in the half.
Norman scored its first touchdown three minutes later when Dillon Dougherty ran it in. Memorial (3-4, 2-2 in district) answered with a second left on the clock when Troxell earned his second TD putting the ‘Dogs up 31-7.
In the second half, the Bulldogs came out firing again as Weltzheimer marched the team down the field and into the end zone after a 25-yard pass to Brendan Mitchell.
Memorial took its starters out early and let some reserve players get some valuable experience. The ‘Dogs continued to shut down Norman (0-7, 0-4) offensively and the only offense the Tigers could generate was through Dougherty.
Two big defensive plays was Griffin Amen getting an interception late in the drive and Ryan Chapman forcing a fumble and recovering it in the end zone for the Bulldogs' final score. Troxell credited the defense with forcing seven turnovers, even though it did keep him on the field more.
"It feels great; it definitely keeps us tired," Troxell said. "It's great knowing that we have another opportunity to score though."
Edmond Memorial Coach Justin Meredith applauded his team's efforts on both sides of the ball and said he thinks the win was huge for morale.
"It's huge," Meredith said. "We came off a tough loss last week and we worked hard in practice and when you work hard, you want to get the benefits of it."
The Bulldogs will go on the road to play Westmoore at 7 p.m. next Thursday.