EDMOND — Edmond North football coach Scott Burger has been waiting for Ezel McIntee's breakout performance.
McIntee didn't disappoint Thursday night, rushing for five touchdowns and 212 yards on eight carries to guide Edmond North past Moore 49-13 at Wantland Stadium.
“That's a glimpse of what I've been hearing,” Burger said. “We've seen glimpses of it, but that was the Ezel everybody's been telling me about.”
McIntee entered Thursday's game with just 291 yards and three touchdowns through seven games.
But early in the game, it was obvious it was going to be a special night for him.
He scored on the Huskies' second possession from 1-yard out and then broke loose for a 55-yard TD run on his next carry.
McIntee later scored on runs of 60, 53 and 18 yards, with the 53-yarder earning the biggest smile from McIntee when Burger playfully asked on the sideline where that's been all season.
“I've been trying to find my groove,” McIntee said. “I've had some ups and downs during the season, but I think I found it.”
Edmond North is now 5-3 on the season and 4-1 in District 6A-3 with a big game at Midwest City looming next week.
The Huskies got off to a fast start against Moore, blocking Jordan Bernhardy's punt on the opening possession to set up a 19-yard TD reception by Luke Rossi from Stephen McClernon.
The first of Antonio Williams' two interceptions then set up McIntee's first TD run and a 14-0 lead with 8:29 remaining in the first.
Edmond North built its lead to 35-0 by halftime.
Moore (1-7, 1-4) turned the ball over three times and was limited to 287 total yards. Bernhardy finished with 115 yards and a TD on 24 carries, while Ryan Lujan rushed for 122 yards and a TD on 16 carries.
“When you play an option team, everybody has assignments and they have to be disciplined in those assignments,” Burger said. “Everybody was and it was good.”
The offensive outburst from McIntee on Thursday was the best sign for the Huskies, though.
“That's a big plus for us,” Burger said. “You get a kid that can run the ball like that and then Luke (Rossi) and Miles (Jones) doing what they do on the outside, it helps us out on the offensive side of the ball very much.”