By SCOTT WANISH | THE EDMOND SUN
Nobody scores on Edmond Memorial!
For the opening eight quarters of the season, the Bulldogs have shut out opponents.
Memorial held rival Edmond North without a first down until the final eight minutes of the game and paid back the Huskies for last November's playoff loss with a 35-0 thrashing Friday night at Wantland Stadium.
The shutout comes just eight days after the Bulldogs' stellar defense blanked Southmoore 20-zip on the road. Memorial (2-0) will host Mustang on Thursday and next Friday the Huskies (1-1) will play in Stillwater.
North exhibited some defense early on when Antonio Cole broke up a pass in the end zone on third down and the ‘Dogs misfired on a 32-yard field goal.
But, that just put Memorial on defense.
The Huskies didn't have the ball long, as Bulldog linebacker Kaiden Grover intercepted a pass at the North 23 and raced 22 yards to the one. Memorial quarterback Mick Mayerske snuck into the pile for the touchdown and the rout was on.
After a 17-yard vertical punt into the northern wind, the ‘Dogs started on the North 38. Star running back Warren Wand set up is own 2-yard TD run with bursts of 17 and 13 yards on the short drive en route to a 14-0 cushion. Wand also scored on a 3-yard run in the third quarter that gave the Bulldogs a commanding 28-0 lead with 1:24 remaining. He toted the pigskin 30 times for 137 yards and the two scores
Teammate Parker Smith made it 21-nothing with a 10-yard run with 9:25 left in the third and Mayerske had the final touchdown with another 1-yard walk-in at the start of the final frame. Kicker Braxton Pickard was a perfect 5-for-5 on point-after-touchdown kicks.
In addition to North facing a robust defense, the Husky offense was out of sync do to starting quarterback Stephen McClernon sitting the contest out with a foot injury.
Memorial held the Huskies to just two yards rushing on 15 carries at the half and just 1-of-11 passing for eight yards.
In all, the ‘Dogs outrushed North 200-9 and outgained the Huskies in the passing game, 173-32.
Junior linebacker Zeke Mammen had a minus-10 tackle on Richard McCauley on the game's first drive, posted a minus-3 tackle and had one of the Bulldogs' three interceptions. Teammate Kourtney Williams recorded sacks for losses of seven and eight yards.
Six-foot, 208-pound junior defensive lineman Imani Woodley took down Landon Roney for a 2-yard loss and later had a sack that went for minus-8 yards.
Griffin Amen had the other interception for Memorial and returned the pick 31 yards.
For North, Jordan Prince produced the Huskies' biggest play of the night, an interception off of a deflection with 3:05 to play in the first quarter. He navigated through a maze of players and came out running 49 yards the other way down to the Memorial 20-yard line. The Huskies then threw the ball back to the Bulldogs on offense.
Offensively, Prince caught three passes for 18 yards.
Cole had the other interception for North, basically playing receiver and making a nice over-the-shoulder pick at the Bulldog 20. He returned the ball 22 yards to the 42. Also in the second period, Cole stuck the standout Wand with a loss of seven yards.
Fellow Husky Caileb Booze had a fumble recovery at the Memorial 36 in the quarter.
Mayerske passed 17 times and completed nine of them for 166 yards. Jordan Reed led all receivers with three catches for 85 yards including snatches of 46 and 29 yards. Teammate Mac Misialek also had three grabs, going for 57 yards.
Memorial accumulated 19 first downs to North's five, all of which came in the final eight minutes of the contest for the Huskies.