High school football: Edmond Memorial takes wild ride to Enid

The Bulldogs' trip to Enid took a strange turn Friday night. Edmond Memorial had to switch buses twice after one bus suffered a cracked windshield and a second bus' windshield came loose because of the wind.
BY ED GODFREY Staff Writer egodfrey@opubco.com Published: September 8, 2012
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photo - Edmond Memorial's Warren Wand is chased down by Edmond North's Joel Dixon during the high school football game between Edmond North and Edmond Memorial at Wantland Stadium in Edmond, Okla., Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Edmond Memorial's Warren Wand is chased down by Edmond North's Joel Dixon during the high school football game between Edmond North and Edmond Memorial at Wantland Stadium in Edmond, Okla., Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

The bus that was called to pick up the junior varsity was redirected to pick up the varsity squad. The bus carrying cheerleaders gave the junior varsity team a ride to Enid.

Gerdes said the team had to wait on the side of the road about 30 to 45 minutes each time. The players kept making jokes to pass the time, he said.

“Half of us were asleep when it all happened,” he said. “Everyone just woke up and started making jokes. It was pretty funny.”

By the time Edmond Memorial finally arrived in Enid, the players had to hurry to take the field.

“It was really rushed,” Gerdes said. “We didn't have any of our meetings or anything. We got dressed and we took the field.”

The game turned out to be a barnburner. Edmond Memorial jumped to a 14-0 lead, but Enid rallied and scored late in the fourth quarter to take a 19-14 lead.

The Bulldogs stormed back as quarterback Warren Wand hit Sam Kreutzer with what would have been the game-winning touchdown pass in the waning seconds only to have it nullified by a holding penalty.

Enid won 19-14 to end what had been a frustrating night on and off the field for the Bulldogs.

“It was the craziest 24 hours I have ever experienced as a coach,” Merideth said. “It was frustrating but I was so proud how the kids dealt with all the adversity and all the wild things that went on before the game and during the game. They never stopped competing.”


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