NORMAN — Edmond Memorial defensive end Kourtney Williams believes good things will happen if he simply focuses on getting to the ball every play.
Williams proved his theory correct in the Bulldogs' 38-14 win over Norman on Friday night at Harve Collins Field.
The junior was in the Tigers' backfield all night, as he forced two fumbles and returned one 23 yards for a touchdown.
“It feels pretty good to lift the whole team up with a play like that,” said Williams of his first career defensive touchdown. “That's what happens when we all play together. We just got to the ball really well tonight as a defense and made plays.”
Edmond Memorial forced five Norman fumbles, recovering four, to turn a competitive game into a surprisingly easy win. Williams' fumble return gave the Bulldogs a 10-0 first quarter lead.
Senior defensive back Ben Moore also scooped up a Norman fumble and scored, his coming from 34 yards, to put the Bulldogs up comfortably at 31-14 early in the third quarter.
“Our defense helped get us some separation with those big plays when our offense wasn't finishing drives,” Edmond Memorial coach Justin Merideth said. “It was huge. It really changed the momentum for us.”
Edmond Memorial (3-2, 1-1) also got several big plays from its offense, led by star running back Warren Wand and quarterback Mick Mayerske.
Wand, a junior, broke first-quarter runs of 46 and 49 yards to get the Bulldogs' offense rolling. Wand finished the night with 164 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries.