Edmond Memorial overpowers city rival Santa Fe

The win moves Memorial to 6-3 on the season and 4-2 in District 6A-4 heading into next week's game at Putnam West. Southmoore, though, beat Choctaw 35-14 to retain the tiebreaker for second in the district with Memorial.
by Jacob Unruh Published: November 1, 2013
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EDMOND — Edmond Memorial coach Justin Merideth had never experienced a water-cooler dump.

He had also rarely experienced a game like Friday's, which was loaded with big, momentum-swinging plays.

And as he stood on the field at Wantland Stadium discussing the ninth-ranked Bulldogs' 35-20 win against city rival and 10th-ranked Edmond Santa Fe, he relished every moment.

“I've never had that experience before and I'm telling you it's the greatest feeling in the history of the world,” Merideth said after being covered with ice water. “I loved it and I would do it every week if I could.”

The win moves Memorial to 6-3 on the season and 4-2 in District 6A-4 heading into next week's game at Putnam West. Southmoore, though, beat Choctaw 35-14 to retain the tiebreaker for second in the district with Memorial.

For the Bulldogs, it's a big difference from last season, when they had to win the finale to even make the playoffs.

“We know we're already in, but this is the only start of what we need to do,” said running back Warren Wand, who finished with 188 yards and the game-sealing touchdown.

“This was a good win, but we have a long ways to go.”

Memorial relied on the big play, and like much of the season, it worked to near perfection.

Clinging to a 28-20 lead midway through the fourth, Memorial was forced to punt from its own 6. Santa Fe's Malik Earl fielded the punt on a bounce from the 40 and broke loose down the far sideline, only to be hit by punter Justin Marchà and fumble into the end zone, where Memorial linebacker Jake Mammen picked it up and eventually knelt for a touchback.


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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