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Oklahoma high school football: Edmond North earn first win in new stadium

EDMOND -- The 93 man roster of the Edmond North Huskies jumped and waved their arms as the band loudly played the school's fight song. 

Cheers rang through the stadium as the players ran towards the student section sporting big smiles. 

After going winless last season at home, the 14-7 win over Moore on Friday night was the first-ever win for Edmond North in its new stadium. The festivity that transpired showed just how long the Husky fans, players and community had waited to celebrate in their stadium. 

“We’ve had unbelievable support from our fans and community the last three weeks,” Edmond North Tanner Roof said, mentioning Edmond North’s three close losses this season. “So it was very rewarding to see them celebrating with our team after the much-needed win.” 

A fourth-quarter, 3-yard touchdown run from Garan Smith gave the Huskies the lead, which they held onto the rest of the way. But it was Xander Steele who had the biggest performance for Edmond North.

In the second quarter, Steele took the ball from the Moore receiver for an interception. He returned it for a touchdown and gave Edmond North the first score of the night. The senior defensive back finished with seven tackles and two interceptions. 

“It was a much-needed win,” Roof said. “Defensively we played outstanding, had some huge stops down the stretch. Offensively, we were able to maintain drives, keep the defense off the field and punch one in late.”


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Edmond North's coach Tanner Roof works with his team during football practice in Edmond, Okla., Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Edmond North's coach Tanner Roof works with his team during football practice in Edmond, Okla., Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

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James Jackson

James D. Jackson joined The Oklahoman in January 2020 to cover high school sports. He a University of Central Oklahoma graduate. During his time at UCO, James served as a sports reporter and Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper, The Vista.... Read more ›

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