LAWTON â€” You can't question Edmond Memorial's toughness, but you cannot deny Lawton's talent.
In a football game full of big stars, it was Lawton running back Deaquan Wojciechowski who stole the show.
The senior rushed for 188 yards and two touchdowns and returned a punt for a score as the Wolverines downed Edmond Memorial 28-13 on Thursday night in Class 6A first-round playoff matchup at Cameron Stadium.
It was a typical outing by Wojciechowski, who has been a workhorse all season for Lawton. He's been averaging more than 20 carries per game and despite his 160-pound frame, it hasn't mattered.
â€œI have to give all credit to the line, every single one of those guys did their job tonight,â€ Wojciechowski said.
Lawton (11-0) has been dominant since a Week 4 battle against Mustang, winning its final six regular season games by a combined 265-32.
But the Wolverines found themselves in an unfamiliar position, trailing 7-0 after Memorial took the opening kickoff 80 yards in five minutes.
â€œWe got tested. It's been a while since that's happened,â€ Wojciechowski said. â€œWe showed what we can do. We responded like a champion should.â€
Edmond Memorial star Kameron Doolittle missed two series in the first half after getting his bell rung on a 20-yard run that led to Ry Huff's touchdown.
It was 7-7 when Doolittle departed. It was 21-7, Wolverines, when he returned as Wojciechowski took over.
Early in the second quarter, Wojciechowski caught a punt at the Memorial 39-yard line on the left hash. He made a couple of tacklers miss, went out wide and scored down the right sideline.
â€œThat's a real good team over there (Lawton),â€ Memorial coach Justin Merideth said. â€œBut I know we had our chances. I couldn't ask those kids to play any harder.â€
The loss ended a roller-coaster ride for Edmond Memorial this season. Expected to contend for the district championship, injuries to key players (Doolittle, running back Cale Olbert, defensive end Alex Crislip and linebacker Jeremy Langston) had the Bulldogs fighting to earn a playoff berth.
If any team can identify with the Bulldogs' plight, it's Lawton. The Wolverines have been playing without starting quarterback Cody Miller since he suffered a torn ACL in Week 3.
â€œEvery team has injuries, so that's not an excuse,â€ Merideth said about his club. â€œBut this team was special, and I give these kids a whole lot of credit for the fight they showed.â€
Doolittle finished with 20 carries for 136 yards. Will Conant had a 45- and a 36-yard field goal for the Bulldogs.
Lawton plays the winner of tonight's Broken Arrow-Bartlesville game next week.