EDMOND — Clinging to a shutout in the fourth quarter, defensive back Ashton Antwine just wanted to get the ball back in the hands of Warren Wand and Edmond Memorial's offense.
The senior delivered just that, coming up with a huge pass breakup on fourth-and-goal with 11:50 remaining to keep Edmond North out of the end zone.
The Huskies never got closer to scoring, and Edmond Memorial delivered a 13-0 victory in the first round of Edlam on Friday at Wantland Stadium.
“It meant a lot,” Antwine said. “The momentum shifted. We stopped them from scoring. That's all I can say.”
The Bulldogs' new quarterback, Mick Mayerske, delivered two touchdown passes in the second quarter, and star running back Warren Wand rushed for 158 yards on 25 carries.
Combined with the defense, it was a successful mix Memorial hopes to build on.
“I know Warren was still huge tonight,” Memorial coach Justin Merideth said. “That's what's going to make us a good team, is if we don't have to rely on Warren. If we cannot rely on Warren and still score points, then that means we've gotten better and that's a great thing.”
Memorial held North to just 196 total yards of offense and forced five turnovers. The Bulldogs also stopped the Huskies on downs all three possessions in the fourth, including one inside the 20.
Merideth attributed the shutout to the Bulldogs' ability to prevent big plays from the Huskies.
North's biggest play was quarterback Stephen McClernon's 26-yard pass to Luke Rossi in the second quarter.
McClernon completed 15 of 29 passes for 155 yards and one interception in his first start.
However, his interception set up Memorial's first TD, a 21-yard reception by Jalon Moore-Smith after Mayerske was flagged for intentional grounding on the previous play.
Mayerske later found Waylan Anderson for a 31-yard TD and 13-0 lead, allowing Wand to take control and the defense to step up.
“This was the best start we could ask for,” Mayerske said. “Coming out against Edmond North, who has beat us the past few years in a row bad, to take this victory over them it means the world. We just got to win the next one.”