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High schools: Edmond Memorial controls destiny

Bulldogs have crucial matchup this week against Class 6A's No. 6-ranked Edmond Santa Fe.
by Jacob Unruh Published: October 27, 2013
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photo - Edmond Memorial's Ashton Antwine brings down Edmond North's Carson Taber during their high school football game at Wantland Stadium in Edmond, Friday, September 6, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Edmond Memorial's Ashton Antwine brings down Edmond North's Carson Taber during their high school football game at Wantland Stadium in Edmond, Friday, September 6, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

EDMOND — At this point last season, Edmond Memorial was not controlling its own playoff destiny.

The Bulldogs were still able to win one of their final two games and slide into the playoffs.

Now, they are in a situation where they control their own destiny with a 5-3 overall record and 3-2 record in District 6A-4 entering this week's crucial Edlam matchup with No. 6 Edmond Santa Fe that could decide anywhere from second to fourth in the district.

And much of the credit should go to the improved defense.

“I think our ability to be able to get back to the quarterback and pressure him, and just kinda blowing up the offensive line on run plays has been real good for us this year,” said Memorial senior linebacker Jake Mammen, who led the team with 84 tackles entering last week's 17-3 loss to Southmoore.

Memorial's defense has seen drastic improvements this season. The most notable is allowing just 15.6 points per game this season, nearly half of last season's average.

The largest total of points the Bulldogs have allowed this season is 32, which came during a Week 2 loss to Enid. The Bulldogs are also the only team to hold No. 3 Lawton to less than 37 points during a 28-21 loss on Sept. 27.

Coach Justin Merideth credits that to his players maturing.

“A lot of those guys were sophomores or first-year players last year, and now they have an understanding what they need to do and where they need to be and the technique they need to play,” he said. “I think it's physical and mental maturity.”

Memorial's defense is led by Mammen, who is receiving recruiting interest from Iowa State, Ole Miss, North Texas and Arkansas, and defensive back Ashton Antwine, who has offers from Navy, South Dakota and Washington State.

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by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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