The Norman Transcript

Local Sports

October 19, 2012

Tigers have to keep pace with Wolves

NORMAN — There’s more than just bragging rights between two of the better teams in the west on the line tonight when Norman High hosts Edmond Santa Fe. There’s also the matter of a district championship.

The winner of tonight’s game will control its own destiny as far as the District 6A-4 title is concerned, while the loser will be in a battle to lock up second place and a home playoff game.

The seventh-ranked Tigers (6-1, 4-0) believe they have what it takes to upset No. 6 Edmond Santa Fe (6-1, 4-0). But beating the Wolves is a tall order. Santa Fe has weapons on both sides of the ball, but it starts under center with quarterback Justice Hansen.

Hansen, who accounted for seven touchdowns in last week’s rout of Lawton, is a big and bruising quarterback. He’s as dangerous scrambling as he is in the pocket, where he threw four touchdown passes against the Wolverines, a team many thought would challenge for the title of best in the west.

“He could go duck hunting with a pocket full of rocks,” NHS coach Greg Nation said of Hansen. “He’s very good at making people miss when he’s got the ball.”

Hansen leads an offense that has only once failed to score at least 41 points this season. That came in Week 3, when the Wolves managed just 13 points against rival Edmond North, which had been ranked as highly as No. 1 by some polls before a decisive loss to Norman North last week.

Since then, Santa Fe has shown why it was considered a state title contender entering the season. The Wolves have big district wins against Southmoore and Lawton and are big favorites in every game after tonight, making tonight’s contest a probable make-or-break game for the district title, which as it stands now is a two-way race between NHS and Santa Fe.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local Sports
  • Pistons Thunder Basketball Thunder go all out against Pistons

    OKLAHOMA CITY —  Heading into the final game of the regular season, Oklahoma City coach didn't want to hear anything about a night off. With his team riding a two-game losing streak and fighting for playoff positioning, he treated it like a playoff game.
     

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • Clash tennis Timberwolves win girls’ Clash before boys’ dual ends in a draw

    And Crosstown Clash tennis dominance goes too … Norman North, sort of....

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jags’ Fuller signs with Oklahoma Christian

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Tripp Fuller was looking for a school that fit him. One where the Westmoore senior would feel at home at....

    April 17, 2014

  • North nearer to filling coaching vacancies

    A host of coaching positions in Norman are open for next year....

    April 17, 2014

  • Injuries taking a toll on CCS girls squad

    If luck, like karma, is supposed to come back around, Community Christian’s girls soccer team has a lot to look forward to because, right now, they’re living the other side of the equation....

    April 16, 2014

  • Tigers suffer smashing loss to Stillwater in second meeting

    Monday’s game against Stillwater showed exactly how good Norman High can be when it’s playing well. The Tigers held a lead in that game over 21-1 Stillwater, and had a chance to win it before the Pioneers staged a late comeback....

    April 16, 2014

  • North remains perfect in district

    Norman North remained a perfect 10-0 in district play with their second straight win over Lawton Eisenhower. After beating Ike 11-1 Monday, the Timberwolves turned around and hammered the Eagles 13-1 Tuesday night....

    April 16, 2014

  • Pelicans Thunder Basketball Thunder pluck Pelicans

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- Playing with the likes of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, it would be hard to get any recognition. That has been the plight of Oklahoma City’s Serge Ibaka over the last few years. However, there are those night’s ...

    April 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • NHS’ tennis tandem a successful experiment

    Russell Gehring and Max Gillett are used to winning. As singles players on the Norman High team, they’ve seen their share of success, and it’s always come on their own terms as they played in the singles bracket....

    April 12, 2014

  • Viral goal Cichero’s amazing, game-winning goal goes viral

    Simply explaining the scene surrounding the goal that’s made him (more) famous, Norman North’s Mauro Cichero, without hardly trying, also managed to explain how and why he’s able to score goals like it.  “The ball went wide so I made a run ...

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo