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November 24, 2012

Making plays, North makes anything seem possible

TULSA — Jenks is really, really good. I mean, the Trojans just killed Union Friday night. Just killed ‘em. It wasn’t even close.

Who knows if anybody can beat a team like that. Maybe they’re too good. Maybe Oklahoma is a Jenks and Union operation forever and ever and ever.

I don’t know.

Here’s what I know.

Norman North football is what sports at their best are all about. Not because of what the T-Wolves have done, though they’ve done plenty, and not because they’ve beaten the odds, though they’ve surely done that after stopping Owasso 49-42 Friday night at Union-Tuttle stadium, earning a Friday-night trip to Stillwater to take on the mighty Trojans and not because they’ve gone from afterthought to the top of the hill in two short years under coach Wade Standley.

They’re what sports are all about because of the way they make you feel. Like anything’s possible. Like you’re about to see something you haven’t seen before. Like those fantastic fleeting feelings we’re lucky ever to feel don’t have to be fleeting. They can be sustained.

The T-Wolves have sustained it all the way to the season’s 14th week. You can’t take it any further than that.

“We didn’t come to Week 13 just to get beat,” North nose guard Justin Martin said, so that’s clear.

North led 21-0. 21-0!

It was ahead of Owasso at every turn. Defensively, the T-Wolves were in the Ram backfield. Offensively, they bewildered the Rams. And then, by the middle of the third quarter … it looked like there was no way on earth North could possibly win.

In six possessions, from the beginning of the second quarter until 7:27 remained in the third, Owasso scored 42 points. The Rams led 35-28 and 42-35 and were looking a whole lot like the Mountaineers looked in Morgantown last Saturday at Milan Puskar Stadium. But they did not score again.

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