EDMOND — Gavin Fouts got an opportunity to carry the ball again, and he took full advantage of it.
Fouts ran for 135 yards and a touchdown and Edmond Memorial won its second straight game 13-10 over Moore on Thursday at Wantland Stadium.
The game was a defensive struggle, with Moore leading 3-0 at halftime and well into the third quarter.
And with about four minutes left in the third, Moore punter Corey Reeves, also the team's quarterback, pinned the Bulldogs back at their 5-yard line.
But on the next play, Fouts took the ball, hit the A-gap, came back across the line and bursted for an 86-yard gain.
Two plays later, fellow running back Daniel Smith punched it in on an eight-yard touchdown run.
“Our line blocked their butts off,” Fouts said. “They really presented the opportunities. They created some holes, and I was glad I was able to take advantage of that.”
After an 0-3 start, Fouts, a senior, was moved to receiver for last week's win over Putnam City North, with Smith and sophomore Michael Farmer sharing the carries.
But in that win, Farmer suffered a turf toe injury, keeping him out of Thursday's game.
Smith took the bulk of Thursday's carries, rushing 19 times for 77 yards.
But Fouts, who had just nine carries, made the most of his.
In the middle of the fourth quarter, senior linebacker Matt Hickman intercepted Reeves. Five plays later, Fouts took a dive handoff, saw a gap up the middle, and scored on a 25-yard run to give his team a 13-3 lead.
“We feel like we've got three really good running backs,” Bulldogs coach Justin Meredith said. “Gavin stepped right in and did a wonderful job.”
Moore made things interesting late in the fourth with a touchdown and a recovered onside kick. But the Edmond Memorial defense held strong, forcing a missed field goal with 1:37 left.
“It's a breath of fresh air, for sure,” Fouts said of winning two straight after the bad start. “Those first three losses were tough. I almost forgot what it tasted like to win, but it's delicious to win again.”