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March 30, 2014

NHS boys cap Bronco Cup with win after big 2nd half

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MUSTANG —

He wasn’t done.

With about 15 minutes remaining, Jean-Paul Pelletier cleared the ball to no Tiger in particular, away from the NHS penalty box beyond midfield, where Owasso’s Jordan Permaul was only too happy to casually watch it roll out of bounds. 

Instead, Ostas showed up out of nowhere, sprinted around Permaul and grabbed the ball with his foot. Eventually, he played an easy cross to Travis Crain, who had all the time in the world to put it past Contreras and did.

It was the final goal, the backbreaker, and a sort of justice for Ostas, who easily could have had two goals already before finally assisting his way into the scorebook.

About 15 minutes earlier, Matt Hockett had scored the game-winner for the Tigers, beautifully bending a 28-yard free kick around a wall of Rams and into the near bottom corner of the net. Contreras got a hand on it but couldn’t stop it.

Hockett almost picked up his second goal on another free kick, from 36 yards, but Contreras flailed to his left just in time to keep the ball out.

At the half, Drummond had gotten on his team for yapping at each other, yapping at the referee and playing without focus. At the time, the Tigers were fortunate to be in a 0-0 tie, all thanks to keeper Austin Earley, who beautifully stopped a penalty kick from Owasso’s Cole Hilton.

“We played a lot harder, a lot smarter,” Hockett said of the after-half effort. “We played better as a team.”

Just in time, too.

Tuesday night it’s unbeaten and defending state champion Edmond North visiting Gordon Drummond Field. Also, it’s a game the Tigers must win if they hope to claim a District 6A-1 crown.

“It’s definitely good timing,” Hockett said.

Clay Horning

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cfhorning@normantranscript.com

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