NORMAN — Class 6A No. 2 Lawton High didn’t need to play its starters Friday against Norman High.
But with a perfect season on the line they did, and like they have all season, the Wolverines’ starters were up to the challenge in a 49-21 victory over Norman High (5-5, 3-4) at Cameron Stadium that ending the Tigers’ season.
After leaving last week’s game on a stretcher, Lawton High quarterback Dallas Sealey admitted he was a little worried about taking a big hit Friday against Norman High. Whether Sealey meant to or not, he found himself in a tight spot in the first quarter.
With the Wolverines at the NHS 10-yard line leading 3-0 thanks to a 50-yard field goal from Adrian Morales earlier in the first quarter, Sealey ran from the pocket and found space in the middle of the field. From there, instincts took over and Sealey leaped into the air, extending toward the end zone where he was met in mid-air by two Tigers defenders who flipped him head over heels. When Sealey finally landed he was in the end zone with a Lawton High touchdown.
Later Mike Warren ran for a touchdown to give Lawton a 17-0 lead. His 237 all-purpose yards brought his total on the season to 2,288, breaking the single-season record for all-purpose yards of 2,229 set by Ed Gholson in 1971.
“It’s really exciting,” Warren said of his record-setting season. “I didn’t expect to do that when the season started. It feels good to break a record. That’s been here since 1971 and that’s a long time.”
With a desperate Tigers team down 17-0 in a game they had to win to have a shot at the postseason, Norman responded with a 5-play, 66-yard touchdown drive capped by Sayvon Foley’s 5-yard scamper. Foley’s score brought the Tigers back within 10 with 8:28 to play in the first half.
Their momentum was short-lived, however. On Lawton High’s next play from scrimmage, Warren broke free along the left side of the line, sprinted down the sideline, then cut against the grain for a 75-yard jaunt to the Norman 5-yard line. Ivan Thomas scored on the next play to finish the lightning-fast 80-yard drive that lasted just 22 seconds.
Norman had another answer, this time a 73-yard drive that ended on Dupree Young’s 1-yard plunge. Young finished the game with 187 yards on 25 carries, but his score was the final time Norman would answer with the game in doubt.
Warren scored again on a 16-yard run after an 80-yard touchdown run of his was called back. Later, after Norman was forced to punt, Sealey connected with Warren for a 40-yard touchdown pass on a wheel-route with 35 seconds left in the first half.
On its first possession of the second half, Norman drove the ball 60 yards and scored on an 11-yard run by Young.
A Lawton High fumble on its next possession after a long drive kept Norman’s chances for a comeback on life support, but its chances were intercepted, literally and figuratively on the next play, when Lawton High linebacker Mahlik Hanna stepped in front of a Jakcob Dean pass and returned it 17 yards for a touchdown.
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