EDMOND — Jake Hobbs was looking to make a big play and get some paybacks at the same time.
The Edmond North senior did just that, returning an interception 62 yards for a game-sealing touchdown with three minutes remaining to lift the 10th-ranked Huskies past No. 6 Edmond Memorial 16-7 Friday at Wantland Stadium.
“I saw the ball and I just broke on it,” Hobbs said. “I knew we needed something to boost us back up into the game and that's what I did.”
Edmond North (7-4) advances to play at Tulsa Union next week in the quarterfinals. The second-ranked Redskins rolled past Sapulpa 63-21 on Friday.
The Huskies also got redemption from their Week 1 loss to the Bulldogs (7-4).
The defense played well then, but it played even better in the rematch, forcing three turnovers and allowing just 178 total yards on offense.
The game plan was to limit Edmond Memorial star running back Warren Wand, and the Huskies did just that. The junior finished with 77 yards on 33 carries.
“He's an incredible player, and that was our game plan this week, was to make sure we contain them and make them one-dimensional and pass it,” Hobbs said. “We knew if we could hold Warren Wand, we could get the pass.”
The game plan worked to near perfection.
Edmond North intercepted Mick Mayerske twice, with the first being a pick by David Wright with 25 seconds remaining in the second on the Huskies' 19. The second, though, was the biggest.
Hobbs, who signed with Lindenwood University this week to play lacrosse, broke for a high pass from Mayerske in the middle of the field and then broke down the far sideline with blockers for the score.
“Teams that are playoff teams make plays like that,” Edmond North coach Scott Burger said. “It's a great play, a great break on the ball, great blocking down the field.
“It was awesome. I don't think I've ran that fast down the sideline in a long time.”
Edmond North took command early behind the leg of kicker Trevor Moore, a North Texas commitment. Moore made three field goals, including a 51-yarder with ease in the third quarter.
The lone hiccup for the Huskies' defense was a 40-yard TD reception by Jordan Reed down the sideline with just less than eight minutes remaining.
“They've done it all year,” Burger said about the defense. “They got challenged this week a little bit. This is a very, very good football team we just beat.”