“Jordan is just an incredible athlete and football player,” Standley said. “He really put us on his back there early.”
Southmoore tried to mount a comeback in the second half. The SaberCats were able to move the ball very successfully against the Timberwolves, but they were unable to finish out the drives with points. Despite totaling 336 yards, Class 6A’s third highest-scoring offense wasn’t able to find the endzone, and North stopped Southmoore on four straight fourth downs in the second half to wrap up the win.
Still, it was a step forward for a team that finished the regular just 5-5 a year ago before going 7-3 this season.
“You have nothing to be ashamed of,” coach Jeff Brickman told his team after the game. “We bettered our record from a season ago; that’s a positive. And we won the city championship; that’s a positive too.”
Next up for Norman North is a home meeting with third-ranked Broken Arrow (8-3) next Friday. The Tigers cruised past Sand Springs 35-6 in the first round of the playoffs.
“We’re still after that gold ball,” Payne said. “Next week we’ve got to come in and do everything we did this week, only better.”