The Norman Transcript


November 29, 2012

No way Gasso misses game



“I knew who I wanted to play for, and the main reason I committed early was to get it out of the way and focus on the game Friday,” he said. “It’s been a crazy year. I’m just blessed to be in this position.”

Gavras on practice field: North quarterback Peyton Gavras has been a participant in practice this week after taking a hard hit late in last week’s semifinal victory over Owasso.

Coach Wade Standley couldn’t discuss injury specifics due to privacy laws, but said Gavras was practicing with the team.

More buses: For the second straight week, the Timberwolves will send their players and fans to the game in a convoy.

There are 15 buses set to transport students to Friday’s 7:30 p.m. state championship game at Boone Pickens Stadium, along with another six for the team, band and cheer groups.

“It’s great how much school spirit there’s been,” North principal Bryan Young said. “The response has been fantastic. We filled the buses in under an hour and a half, and we have enough to take everyone who wanted to go.”

Defense carries Trojans: Jenks is one of the top teams in the state every year, and its offense has been prolific. But it’s been Jenks’ defense that has been the team’s biggest strength in the postseason.

The Trojans have allowed more than two touchdowns just once all season, and have held every in-state opponent to 14 points or less.

They’ve allowed an average of 12 points through three playoff games.

“We know they’re a good football team, and they don’t make many mistakes,” North coach Wade Standley said.

Twitter strikes: One of the most storied rivalries in Oklahoma sports is Jenks-Tulsa Union. But the @Beat_Union Twitter account, an unofficial sounding board for Jenks fans, has undergone an identity change for the Class 6A title game.

The name of the account was changed to Beat Norman North, where Jenks fans have engaged in mostly good-natured trash talk using the #beatNormanNorth hashtag before Friday’s title bout. North fans, for their part, have responded in kind with the #BeatJenks hashtag.

Corbin HoslerFollow me

For local news and more, subscribe to The Norman Transcript Smart Edition, or our print edition.

Text Only | Photo Reprints