Edmond Memorial's Bulldog football team used week zero to become heroes Friday night in a 42 to 6 win over Ponca City at Wantland Stadium.
Senior Bulldog quarterback Grant Decker's triumphant return after missing seven games last year with a broken elbow was like a page out of the Odyssey as he threw four touchdown passes while hitting 10 of 17 throws for 197 yards and one interception. He added 65 yards on the ground.
Head Coach Justin Merideth's Bulldogs took over the game quickly and never looked back in the first quarter scoring on their first three possessions. On just the third play of the game, Ponca City quarterback Brice McDougal glanced a pass off his receiver into the waiting hands of Memorial junior Tre' Hill for an interception giving the Bulldogs possession at the Wildcat 32-yard line. Two plays later after an illegal formation penalty, Decker took advantage hitting Coleman Chavez for 32 yards and his first of two touchdown catches in the quarter giving the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead with 10:45 left in the first quarter.
On Memorial's next possession, Bulldog running back Delvon McNeely took over. With 7:51 left in the quarter, McNeely grabbed a Decker hand-off and scurried through the line for a 57-yard touchdown and a 14-0 lead. McNeely rushed for 89 yards on 6 carries in the first half.
Memorial's defensive line of Jose Sosa and Bowen Dutton pushed back at the Wildcat offense while linebacker Magness Voege lived in Ponca City quarterback McDougal's facemask, forcing the Wildcats to punt on two of their first four possessions.
The Bulldog's scored their third touchdown of the first quarter when Decker connected again with Chavez for another long, 50-yard touchdown completion. Chavez and Decker teamed up for two touchdowns on 102 yards in the first quarter.
Then came the rain. A thunderstorm kept the players in the locker room for nearly an hour before the start of the second quarter. Playing on a wet field, Memorial had the Wildcats pinned on their own 24-yard line after senior linebacker Payton Adams sacked McDougal for -14 yards. On third and 24, McDougal barely escaped a sack by flinging the ball downfield to Daylan Hawkins who escaped with a touchdown bringing the score to 21-6 on a missed PAT.
Decker threw two more touchdown passes in the third quarter to ice the Wildcats. One of the touchdown passes was to Parker Smith early in the third quarter with Decker's final TD pass of the game connecting to Grant Dickson making the lead 35-6.
Junior Bulldog Chris Pope rounded out the scoring 42-6 for the Bulldogs when he zigged and zagged for a 39-yard touchdown run on the first play of the fourth quarter.
The Bulldogs will travel to Stillwater next Friday to take on the Pioneers.
- By Lance Moler The Edmond Sun