EDMOND — Behind a smothering defense and the golden toe of Trevor Moore, Edmond North left no doubt Friday night as to which Edmond team is currently the best in town.
With the exception of two plays, the Huskies short-circuited Edmond Santa Fe's high-powered, pinball-like offense and defeated the Wolves 26-13, at Wantland Stadium in an Edlam clash of two top 10 teams.
Edmond North entered the game ranked No. 7 in 6A while the Wolves were ranked No. 4. That will change next week.
“All week, they talked about how we were going to lose and how they were the better team and ranked over us,” Edmond North running back Michael Farmer said. “We came out with a sense of urgency. We wanted it more than they did.”
Edmond North can call itself Edlam champion. The Huskies also beat Edmond Memorial in Week 1.
Moore kicked four field goals Friday night, and Edmond North's relentless defense stuffed Santa Fe's running game. The Wolves finished with minus-5 yards rushing as a team, and quarterback Justice Hansen never was comfortable in the pocket as Edmond North dominated the game in the trenches. The Huskies were the most physical team and beat the Wolves up front.
“We thought we had an advantage there coming in,” said Edmond North coach Jeremy Dombek. “Our defense and kicking game were outstanding tonight. Trever Moore was phenomenal.”
Moore kicked field goals of 32, 40, 21 and 29 yards for the Huskies. On offense, the Huskies rolled up 216 yards on the ground led by Ezel McIntee's 101 yards on 14 carries. Michael Farmer rushed for 73 yards on 10 carries, including a 6-yard touchdown run.
Quarterback Luke Hoskins was efficient through the air, going 14 of 22 for 114 yards with one touchdown and one interception. His fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Luke Rossi iced the game for the Huskies, but it was the defense that was the biggest factor.
Dombek called Edmond North's defensive performance on Friday night one of the best since he arrived at the school.
“We are really fast on defense,” he said. “A lot of people don't really give us credit for having a lot of speed on defense. We are not just fast on the back end. Our front seven guys all run about 4.8 (in the 40-yard dash) or better. They can all run.”