Nobody really had an explanation.
“We bonded together as brothers and we were not going to let this happen,” North linebacker Beau Proctor said.
Martin began with how the T-Wolves didn’t come into Week 13 just to lose and followed with, “Something just clicked in at the end.”
Leave it to Jordan Evans, who brought another kick back and sacked Owasso quarterback Jaylen Lowe on the game’s last play to make some sense of it.
“I really don’t remember,” he said. “I just remember the plays that were made.”
Maybe there was an adjustment. Maybe North’s defensive braintrust figured something out. But more than anything, the T-Wolves just started making plays. And you can take it to the grave, there’s no substitute for making plays.
It began offensively, when Peyton Gavras found Corbin Cleveland for a 43-yard score, and again when North converted a trio of third downs on the way to an 11-play, 46-yard drive that not only tied it up when Jaxon Uhles went in from a yard, but gave the defense some precious rest.
Then North forced Owasso’s first punt since the first quarter. Then, after Gavras was picked off and Owasso drove to the 2, DJ Gasso brought Samory Collier down for a fourth-down loss of 3.
Biggest play of the game until four plays later Gavras hit Jake Higginbotham over the middle for 70-yards and the lead.
Then North’s defense held again, Channing Meyer moving over to defense to intercept a fourth-down pass. Then a Peyton Prince fumble gave Owasso new life at the North 35, but after the Rams got to the 11, Gasso did it again, again on Collier, this time in the air, and on fourth down Meyer broke one up in the end zone.
It was never comfortable. It was never easy. It was never won until it was over, until Evans’ sack. But if it took 15 plays to put it in the books, North made 15 plays. If it was 12, it was 12.