EDMOND — Edmond North picked up from where it left off last year in Friday night's season opener, playing punishing defense and displaying a relentless ground game.
The Huskies pounded crosstown rival Edmond Memorial, 44-0, at the Wantland Stadium as the Huskies rushed for 308 yards and didn't allow the Bulldogs to sniff the end zone.
“Our defense is amazing,” said Edmond North senior running back Marque Depp. “They haven't missed a beat.”
The Huskies' defense pitched four shutouts last season, including a 47-0 spanking of Edmond Memorial.
“I think we will be just as good or better than we were last year,” said senior linebacker Brock Byford of the Huskies' defense. “We were trying to beat the score from last year. We didn't achieve it, but I will take it.”
Edmond Memorial only threatened to score once, reaching the Huskies' 22 in the second half before the drive stalled on downs.
“Giving up zero points is always good,” Edmond North coach Jeremy Dombek said. “We've got a high expectation of defensive football around here.”
Edmond North also has a stable of running backs. The trio of junior Michael Farmer, Depp and junior Ezel McIntee combined to carry the ball 30 times for 289 yards.
“They are phenomenal,” Huskies' quarterback Luke Hoskins said. “We love every one of them. I can't tell you which one is the best. They are all great and we love using them. If one goes down we know we got two others to replace him.”
McIntee carried the ball 10 times for 116 yards and had the highlight run of the night, a 54-yard cross country romp in the second quarter, one of two touchdowns he scored against the Bulldogs.
Depp had 11 carries for 93 yards, while Farmer had nine carries for 80 yards, including two touchdown runs.
“When we get going, it's hard to stop us,” Depp said.
Opposing coaches likely will have to game plan for all three throughout the season.