EDMOND — When the final whistle blew Friday night, Edmond Memorial football coach Justin Merideth threw his hands in the air and gave the nearest player into a bear hug.
Edmond Memorial had just knocked off Class 6A's No. 9-ranked Southmoore 27-20 at Wantland Stadium.
Merideth beckoned his team into a close huddle at the numbers at the 40-yard line and told them how proud he was of their performance. The Bulldogs (3-5 overall, 3-2 in district 6A-4) overcame a 12-6 halftime deficit.
“Getting a W like that after starting 0-5 against a really good team, it means a lot,” Merideth said.
After the postgame team huddle broke, sophomore running back Warren Wand was rushed by well-wishers. He'd rushed for 212 yards on 23 carries with two touchdowns.
“He just makes plays when we need him, and we're lucky to have him,” Merideth said.
Wand sprinted 72 yards late in the fourth quarter for his only rushing touchdown of the game. After that score, the Bulldogs trailed Southmoore 20-19.
“There was just a hole there,” Wand said. “The line did a great job of splitting it. I just hit it.”
Wand also threw the game-winning touchdown pass. He had a halfback heave that failed early in the first half, but he connected with wide receiver Evan Nicklas when Edmond Memorial needed him to most. Wand started the season as the Bulldogs' quarterback before he was moved to the backfield.
“That pass was a great pass, but it was also a great catch,” Merideth said.
Bulldogs running back Waylan Anderson contributed 97 total yards and two touchdowns.
Southmoore rushed for more than 300 yards. Running back Pierce Spead rushed for 147 yards on 15 carries with a touchdown.
But it wasn't enough against an inspired Edmond Memorial team that wanted to feel no regrets Saturday morning.
“No regrets,” Anderson said. “We left it all on the field.”
Southmoore fell to 5-3 and 2-3.