EDMOND — As far as Edmond Memorial football coach Justin Merideth is concerned, the best thing about Bulldogs' tailback Warren Wand is that he is just a sophomore.
“That's definitely a good thing for us,” Merideth said.
Wand is The Oklahoman's Player of the Week after scoring four touchdowns — three rushing and one receiving — in Edmond Memorial's 56-35 victory Friday night at Choctaw.
The diminutive tailback rushed for 320 yards on 25 carries against the Yellow Jackets and caught two passes for 63 yards. He accounted for 383 of the Bulldogs' 476 yards of total offense.
Wand has gained 1,247 yards on the ground this season to lead all Class 6A runners.
Edmond Memorial coaches identified Wand as a talent as an eighth-grader at Central Middle School.
“His eighth-grade year, we had an idea he was a really good player,” Merideth said. “Where he really started shining and becoming somebody that we really noticed was his freshman year.
“Our freshman coach put him at quarterback so he would have the ball in his hands every play. From day one, he just started making unbelievable plays.”
Wand reminded Bulldog coaches of another Edmond Memorial standout quarterback, Kameron Doolittle.
Wand started this season at quarterback, rushing for 129 yards against Edmond North in the season opener but not completing a pass.
Wand is only 5-foot-6 and has difficulty seeing over the offensive line, so Bulldog coaches moved him to tailback and inserted Stillwater transfer Tyler Holcomb, who is 6-4, at quarterback.