Warren Wand was up to his old tricks Friday night at Harve Collins Field, breaking tackles and putting up big numbers against Norman High in a football game Edmond Memorial had to have.
Wand rushed 22 times for 288 yards and two touchdowns in only three quarters to help the Bulldogs snap a two-game losing streak with a 35-7 win over the struggling Tigers.
The Arkansas State commit ruined homecoming for Norman (2-5, 0-4), handing the Tigers their fourth straight loss in District 6A-1 play.
Edmond Memorial (4-3, 2-2) was coming off a pair of lackluster performances against beatable teams and needed to get back on track against the Tigers to keep its playoff hopes alive.
"We were a little down but just came out tonight as a team," Wand said. "We had a good week of practice, and we were ready to play. We knew what we had to do, and we got it done."
Wand, who rushed for 294 yards earlier this season against Edmond Santa Fe, played some defense in the fourth quarter for coach Justin Meredith on Friday.
Meredith credited his offensive line with opening some big holes and marveled at his running back's ability to stay on his feet after absorbing hits.
"Warren did what we got to have him do … be special and he was very special tonight," Meredith said. "He was breaking tackles like crazy tonight, and that was the most amazing part.
"I've said it for three years; the most amazing part about Warren is how powerful he is. People don't think that because he's so short."
Norman struck first when quarterback Travis DeGrate threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Sayvon Foley on the game's third play.
That, however, would be as close as the Tigers got to scoring the rest of the game. Memorial's defense limited Norman to 150 yards of total offense, intercepting three passes, recovering three fumbles and forcing five punts.
After giving up the early touchdown, the Bulldogs went on a 35-0 run, thanks to Wand and quarterback Mick Mayerske, who passed for two touchdowns and rushed for another score. Wand had 172 yards at halftime.
"Defensively, we didn't make any plays. Offensively, after a couple of big plays, we didn't do anything," Norman coach Greg Nation said. "Playmakers make plays and we didn't make any tonight."