MUSTANG — Justin Marchà remembers his game-winning kick in a scrimmage before this season.
The Edmond Memorial senior kicker nailed a 52-yarder against Del City as time expired, sending the team into a small frenzy. That, however, did not officially count.
Thursday's kick did count and in a big way.
Marchà easily made a 24-yard field goal in double overtime to complete a wild finish and lift the Bulldogs 24-21 over District 6A-4 rival Mustang at Bronco Stadium.
“It feels great to actually do one in a game and actually put one in the books,” he said. “A scrimmage is a scrimmage; it doesn't really count, but having it in a game it really means a lot.”
The Bulldogs (4-2 overall, 2-1 district) have now won two straight games for the first time all season and are in a good position midway through district play for a playoff position.
It just took a few defensive stands after squandering a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter.
Both teams scored with relative ease in the first overtime, but Memorial senior defensive back Ben Moore came up with a big fumble recovery on the Broncos' first play in double overtime to set up the game-winning kick.
Moore also intercepted Mustang quarterback Frankie Edwards with just more than two minutes remaining to help force overtime.
“They're very, very good on offense,” Memorial coach Justin Merideth said. “(Edwards) is very, very athletic and a very good playmaker. He really put us in a bind and did a great job.
“Again, I'm proud of our guys. They came up with the big plays we needed them to and we got a win.”
Mustang (3-3, 1-2) entered the fourth trailing 14-0 before Edwards scored on a 34-yard run to open the quarter and later threw a 28-yard TD pass to senior tight end Colton Hadlock.
Edwards finished 12 for 19 for 169 yards and two interceptions, while rushing for 126 yards after not starting the game at quarterback.
“We didn't work a ton of QB run game in the week,” Merideth said. “That was a great move on their part, and it obviously worked pretty well for them.”
At that point, the Bulldogs had built just enough of a lead behind running backs Warren Wand and Waylan Anderson.
The duo combined for 295 yards and two TDs, with Wand scoring from 67 yards and Anderson scoring from 80. Total, the Bulldogs rushed for 313 yards and threw for only 38.
But it was Marchà who became the hero while redeeming himself after missing two field goals in regulation.
“We just had to stick our feet down and grind,” he said. “We knew there was going to be adversity; we just had to overcome it. We've done good with adversity this year. All we needed was fire. At the end we had fire to stick it out.”