The Antlers then traveled the length of the field in just 2:30 as Blumenthal finished the drive with an 8-yard scoring toss to slot receiver Jared Rayburn.
“I think that was really, really huge when we were able to get that drive right before the half,” Gower said.
Wand finished the game with 207 yards rushing on 21 carries, but 170 came in the first half. The sophomore started the season at quarterback but was moved to running back last week against Enid.
He was forced to play quarterback against Deer Creek because the starter at Enid, Tyler Holcomb, sprained his ankle against the Plainsmen and was held out of Thursday's game.
Wand was only 2 of 6 passing for 19 yards with two interceptions. Merideth said Holcomb, a 6-4 senior transfer from Stillwater and the better passer, should be healthy next week so Wand can return to running back and make the Bulldogs (0-3) tougher to defend when district play opens.
“Any offense that is more balanced is a lot harder to stop,” Merideth said. “Tyler helps us to be more balanced.”
Gower said the Antlers treated Thursday night's game as an Edlam battle.
“Obviously, we are not an Edmond Public School, but that was kind of our thought,” he said. “It was an Edlam-type setting. We are headed toward 6A. That was the motivation for this scheduling in the first place.
“The next time we schedule them it may be a district game for us. We could easily be a 6A team the next time there is district realignment.”
Said Blumenthal: “We just wanted to prove we were one of the best teams in Edmond.”
The Antlers certainly proved that.