MOORE — It took a few weeks for Southmoore, but that elusive identity it’s been searching for has finally taken shape. No longer is it the finesse team that likes to throw the ball all over the field.
In the span of a couple of games, the SaberCats have transformed into a ground and pound bully that likes to beat up their opponents. Which is what they did Friday in a 17-3 win over Edmond Memorial at Moore Stadium.
“It was just a hard fought game,” senior Pierce Speed said. “We knew we could run the ball on them. This is the same us. We are just doing what we got to do to win. If it’s an ugly win, we’ll take it.”
Trailing 17-3, Edmond Memorial still had a little hope left as it drove down the field in the final minutes. Quarterback Mick Mayerske hit his receivers for short passes and drove the team into Southmoore territory.
Needing only a touchdown to make it a one possession game, Mayerske threw a 30-yard pass into the end zone. However, Southmoore freshman Quindon Lewis made a diving interception in the end zone with 1:53 left on the clock to put the game away. It was his first interception of his career and the third for the team on the night.
“Coaches called the right play,” Lewis said. “It’s execution. That’s what happens when you execute.”
Behind Jaleon Walker’s 180 rushing yards, Southmoore plowed through the Bulldogs and moved to 5-3 on the season.
“We are just going to basically ground and pound it until somebody can stop it,” Walker said. “It’s really big. We wanted to come in here and make some noise as far as a team. I wanted to put the team on my back as much as I could and let them know they could lean on me.”