EDMOND — It wasn't as lopsided as the two previous Edlam clashes between Edmond North and Edmond Memorial, but the outcome was the same.
Edmond North downed crosstown rival Edmond Memorial 34-7 Thursday night at Wantland Stadium, in a first round Class 6A playoff game that was more competitive than expected but ended with another Huskie win.
“Memorial played their butts off,” said Edmond North linebacker Brock Byford, who admitted the Bullogs put a little scare in the Huskies by jumping to a 7-0 lead and then trailing only 14-7 at halftime.
“They played with a lot of intensity. I was kind of worried about our offense, but they pulled it together and got it done.”
Edmond North running backs Michael Farmer and Marque Depp combined for three touchdowns, and both rushed for more than 100 yards as the Huskies now await Friday night's winner of Jenks-Tulsa Washington in the second round.
“This marks the third year in a row that we have been to the quarterfinals, and we sure would like to figure out a way to go to the next (round),” Edmond North coach Jeremy Dombek said.
But before the Huskies could set their sights on Jenks or Tulsa Washington, they had to dispose of Edmond Memorial, a team they had outscored 93-0 in their last two meetings, including 44-0 in the season opener.
A much improved Memorial team showed up Thursday night, however, taking an early 7-0 lead on a Warren Wand 15-yard touchdown run.
Depp and Luke Hoskins had 11- and 16-yard scoring runs in the second quarter to give the Huskies a 14-7 lead at halftime, but the outcome was still in doubt at intermission, unlike the two previous contests between the schools.
Dombek said the Huskies did not overlook Edmond Memorial (4-7).
“We knew they were going to be fired up,” he said. “We knew it was going to be tough. It's a playoff game. They were third in a very tough district. They won four out of their last five games. Our guys did not overlook them at all.”
Edmond North (10-1) seized command in the third quarter when its offensive line and running game took control.
Farmer scored on a 34-yard run on the Huskies' first possession of the second half and quarterback Luke Hoskins connected with wide receiver Luke Rossi for a 38-yard scoring strike on their second series.
Farmer, who rushed for 126 yards on 15 carries, added another touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 1-yard run. Depp finished with 14 carries for 104 yards.
“We could tell things were going to turn in our favor,” Dombek said. “Our offensive line was feeling confident. I think they played great.
“They (Edmond Memorial) were throwing some different looks at us, multiple fronts, and stuff that we have never seen before. Our kids did a great job communicating with coaches and fixing some things. They had a great plan for us but our kids did a great job adjusting to it.”
Edmond Memorial coach Justin Merideth had high praise for the Huskies, who he thinks can make a deep playoff run.
“I think they are really good,” Merideth said. “They are definitely as good as any team we've played all year. They've got a good offensive line and a good running game and they play really strong defense.
“And I am not discounting their quarterback either. He makes plays when he has to. They've got all the ingredients.”