High school football: Deer Creek trounces Edmond Memorial
Deer Creek defeated Edmond Memorial 45-14 in the first meeting between the schools.
Deer Creek's debut in the Edlam rivalry was a smashing success.
Playing a high school football game against one of the big three in Edmond for the first time, the Antlers thrashed Edmond Memorial 45-14 Thursday night at Wantland Stadium.
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Deer Creek's Alec James, who scored touchdowns on both offense and defense, said it felt good for the Class 5A Antlers (3-0) to beat a Class 6A team, something they've rarely done.
Deer Creek, ranked fourth in 5A, turned four Bulldog turnovers (two fumbles and two interceptions) into 24 points. Antlers' quarterback Joel Blumenthal tossed five touchdown passes, completing 15 of 21 passes for 248 yards.
Blumenthal also rushed for 90 yards on 18 carries. He would have had more than 100 yards on the ground but was credited with -17 yards on his last two carries because of quarterback sacks.
Edmond Memorial coach Justin Merideth said Blumenthal's performance was the difference in the game.
“He was awesome tonight,” Merideth said. “He did a great job, especially early in the game when we had some momentum and were making some plays. He would bust a long one on a scramble or he would scramble around and make a big play (passing). I thought he was unbelievable tonight. I thought he was a big, big reason they were able to beat us.”
Blumenthal's five touchdown passes were to five different receivers.
“That is the depth in our receiving corps,” Deer Creek coach Grant Gower said.
Throwing touchdown passes to five different guys is the result of the system, Blumenthal said.
“We run the spread and try to get everybody the ball,” he said. “Today, everybody made the plays.”
Perhaps the biggest came early in a scoreless game after Edmond Memorial had faked a punt in its own territory and converted a first down. But on the very next play, James stole the ball from Bulldog quarterback Warren Wand and raced 60 yards for a touchdown.
“They were holding him up and I ripped it from him,” James said. “I just got lucky. I was in the right place at the right time.”
Gower said James' strip “really set the tone” for the rest of the game.
The Bulldogs responded on their next possession, going 80 yards in five plays, capped off by Wand's 32-yard touchdown run to tie the game. Things then unraveled for Edmond Memorial in the second quarter.
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