Austin Boyd attempts to pull down a Edmond Memorial player on Thursday night. (Staff photo by Shelly Holinsworth)
By Derek Brown
Football is best known for its passing, hard hitting and tremendous catches. But on Thursday night Edmond Memorial needed the leg of Justin Marcha’ to make the play that will be remembered.
Marcha hit a 24-yard field goal in the second overtime at Mustang to give the Bulldogs a 24-21 district win on the road.
For the second straight week turnovers doomed the Broncos. MHS had two interceptions, a turnover on downs and two fumbles, including a fumble in overtime that was followed by the game-winning field goal.
“That’s the only stat that matter in a ball-game like this is turnovers,” Mustang coach Jeremy Dombek said. “We knew that that [turnovers] couldn’t happen against this team.”
There were no surprises in Memorial’s offense. The Bulldogs rushed the ball 50 times for a whopping 359 yards. Memorial attempted just eight passes and completed three for 32 yards.
Warren Wand carried the brunt of the offense with 193 yards on 28 carries with a touchdown. Waylan Anderson added 107 yards on just six carries with a score.
“Their running backs are two of the best we’ll probably see,” Dombek said.
Mustang’s offense was very balanced with 237 yards rushing on 40 attempts and 235 yards through the air with 21 completions on 35 attempts.
Frankie Edwards played much more under center than he has in the last two weeks. Edwards went 12 of 19 for 160 yards and a touchdown passing. Edwards also had 126 yards on the ground with a touchdown. He was also on the end of five receptions for 48 yards.
Chandler Garrett went 9 of 13 for 75 yards but did not play in the second half.
“Chandler didn’t do anything wrong. They were defending us extremely well,” Dombek said. “The secondary is their strong point…We decided we’ll get to our read running game and Frankie is more suited to run that style of offense. You’ll continue to see them both [Frankie and Chandler].”
Colton Hadlock led all receivers with 100 yards and a trip to the end zone.
Memorial’s Wand broke free in the first quarter on a 67-yard rush to pay dirt for a 7-0 Bulldog lead with 5:14 remaining in the quarter.
The Bulldogs’ Anderson also found a hole in the Bronco defense for an 80-yard score for a 14-0 lead with 0:56 in the first half.
Mustang was shutout in the first half with a 14-0 deficit.
“We didn’t play very hard in the first half. Missing tackles, we ran some lazy routes and got down in a 14-0 hole and never came out of it,” Dombek said.
Following a scoreless third quarter the Bronco’s hit the turf ready to play in the fourth quarter. Edwards ran in a 34-yard score on the first play in the quarter to cut Memorial’s lead to 14-7.
MHS tied the game with an Edwards 28-yard pass to Hadlock with 4:54 to play to get them game deadlocked at 14-14.
Memorial’s offense was marching down the field until Wand coughed up the football and Mitchell Bailey recovered the ball at Mustang’s own 18.
Memorial rebounded with an interception on the following Mustang drive.
As the last second ticked off of the clock the victor could not be determined with a 14-14 tie.
Sam Rolle took the first play of the overtime period into the end zone for a 10-yard Memorial touchdown.
Cutter Smith and the Broncos tied the game up with a 10-yard touchdown of their own to force a second overtime at 21-21.
Mustang’s offense took the field to start the second overtime. The Broncos fumbled the football at the 3-yard-line and Ben Moore recovered the football.
The Bronco defense did not seem rattled as they forced Memorial to attempt a 24-yard field goal on fourth and seven. Marcha’s kick sailed through the uprights as the Bulldogs came out the victors.
Mustang fell to 3-3 (1-2) on the season and will go to Putnam City Stadium hoping to end a two-game skid against Putnam City West on Thursday night.
“We’re not out of it by any means. We still control our own destiny,” Dombek said. “We’re 3-3 but I still feel that we had opportunities to win those games.”