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September 14, 2013

EHS gets first win

EDMOND, Okla. — Enid tailback Raheem Mitchell heard all the talk about Edmond Memorial’s talented junior tailback, Warren Wand, and took going up against him as a personal challenge.

Mitchell and the Plainsmen came out on the winning side of that battle as EHS (1-1) recorded its first win of the season in a 32-27 victory over the Bulldogs (1-1) Friday night at University of Central Oklahoma’s Wantland Stadium.

Mitchell, a junior, finished with 131 yards and a touchdown, outgaining Wand, who was held to 98 yards, including only six yards in the first half. Enid opened up a 19-0 halftime lead and then withstood a late Memorial rally to secure the win.

 “I just felt it was tailback on tailback,” Mitchell said. “He’s the leading rusher and I want to be the leading rusher. I think I won that one. It feels really good to win, and do it the way we did.”

 “Nothing is easy on the road,” said a happy Enid head coach Steve Chard after the game. “It was a much-earned win. We earned that win.”

But it didn’t come easy, despite a hot start to the game that saw Enid dominate the Bulldogs, including outgaining them 280-22 yards in the first half, and having 13 first downs to Memorial’s two. The Plainsmen accumulated 366 yards of offense in the contest to 306 for the Bulldogs.

While Wand was held in check in the first half, he made his presence known early in the third quarter as Memorial cut the lead down to 19-7 on his three-yard touchdown run as he accounted for 58 of the Bulldogs’ yards in their 87-yard scoring drive.

But on a night when Enid was able to overcome some turnovers and come up with a few crucial turnovers of its own, the Plainsmen responded right back when Jesse Cartwright’s diving interception at the Bulldogs’ 40-yard line turned the tide back in Enid’s favor and opened the door for another Enid running back.

Sophomore Devin Pratt was pressed into backfield duty when Mitchell went out with cramps. All Pratt did was carry the ball on all seven plays and tallied all 40 yards, ending with a 10-yard touchdown run that put Enid up 26-7.

“What a stud,” Chard said regarding Pratt’s performance. “He came in after playing every snap at safety.’’

Memorial kept the heat on the Plainsmen, however, with two consecutive scoring drives as Wand scored on a 15-yard run and Waylan Anderson scored on a 45-yard screen pass that narrowed Enid’s lead to 26-20 with 6:01 remaining in the game.

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