MOORE — Southmoore put together its best performance of the season on Friday night when the SaberCats needed it the most.
Senior running back Jaelon Walker rushed for 176 yards, and the defense shut down star running back Warren Wand as Southmoore ground out a 17-3 victory over Edmond Memorial at Moore Stadium.
“It's huge for us because this was the first game I really felt we played good in all three phases,” said Southmoore coach Jeff Brickman, whose team won consecutive games for the first time this season. “(Our players) executed the game plan that we put together really well. Our running game, kicking, and especially the defense were all great tonight.”
Southmoore (5-3, 3-2 in District 6A-4) now sits in a four-way tie for second place in a crowded District 6A-4.
The SaberCats took the lead on the game's opening drive with a Pierce Spead 2-yard touchdown run to cap a 14-play drive.
Spead's score was set up by Walker, who had nine carries and 60 yards on the drive.
“We definitely had a little extra motivation to show what we can do,” Walker said. “We wanted to come out and show that we can really run the ball, too. Warren Wand is a really great running back, but we have a lot of confidence in what we can do as well.”
After senior Tristan Johnson intercepted Edmond Memorial quarterback Mick Mayerske, Spead scored again from 7 yards out to put the SaberCats up 14-0.
The defense did the rest, limiting Wand to 71 yards on 10 carries and intercepting Mayerske two more times in a dominant performance on Senior Night.
“A big credit to our defense for shutting out one of the best backs I've seen as a coach in Warren Wand,” Brickman said. “They did a great job on him. It wasn't just one or two guys on defense, it was all of them.”
Southmoore will play at Choctaw next week in another key district matchup.
“We've been focusing really hard on winning these last few games so we can put ourselves in the best playoff position coming out of our district,” Walker said.
Edmond Memorial (5-3, 3-2) picked up just one first down and 27 yards in the first half.
Wand finally got the offense going with a 26-yard run, his longest of the night, on the opening drive of the second half. But the drive stalled at the Southmoore 25-yard-line, and the Bulldogs were forced to settle for a Justin Marcha 42-yard field goal.
Edmond Memorial will play rival Edmond Santa Fe next Friday at Wantland Stadium.