By Clay Horning
The Norman Transcript
EDMOND — Payton Prince scored three touchdowns and Christopher Briley and Trevor Magee reeled in a of couple huge interceptions, paving Norman North’s way to separate itself from Edmond North.
Still, for all of that, the lasting impression Friday night at Wantland Stadium was quarterback John Kolar and wide receiver Nick Basquine, who led the Timberwolves past Edmond North 42-35.
In just his second start since taking over for the injured David Cornwell, Kolar put together his own All-American performance, completing 19 of 28 passes for 302 yards without an interception.
He tossed just one scoring pass, but offering a mobility his predecessor lacked, running for two touchdowns from 8 and 9 yards away, putting the game away in the fourth quarter by stretching the T-Wolves’ lead to 21 points.
He couldn’t have done it without Basquine, who caught seven of Kolar’s offerings for an amazing 183 yards.
Basquine got loose for a 50-yard catch-and-run touchdown in the second quarter, went cross country for 56 yards in the third quarter to set up Prince’s second touchdown, and did it again in the fourth quarter for 54 yards to set up Kolar’s last score.
In between, Basquine played enough defense to pick off Edmond North quarterback Stephen McClernon in the end zone, ending a threat that would have brought the Huskies within a touchdown with most of the fourth quarter remaining.
Basquine wasn’t surprised at all by his quarterback’s huge night.
“You practice to be the guy, you don’t practice to be a back-up and that’s how he’s been practicing,” Basquine said of Kolar. “It showed on the field. He’s the real deal. He’s a good starting Class 6A quarterback and he’s making plays and we trust him.”
Early in the fourth quarter, before completing just one of his last six tosses, Kolar was riding 18-of-21 accuracy, including a run of 10 straight completions.
For his part, Kolar appreciated his favorite target.
“He’s got some unbelievable hands,” he said of Basquine. “You just put the ball on him and he’ll catch it no matter what, in any kind of situation.”
It was back and forth until North put it away at the end.
The T-Wolves (5-2, 4-0 District 6A-3) scored first when Prince galloped 43 yards on a direct snap for the first of his three scores.
Edmond North hung close through three quarters behind the connection of starting quarterback McClernon, who tossed for 272 yards on 15 of 27 accuracy, and receiver Luke Rossi, who caught 10 of the offerings for 176 yards.
A 14-14 game at the half, Briley’s pick to begin the third quarter set up Prince’s second score, from a yard away. And after the Huskies (5-3, 3-1) answered with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Rossi, and North answered back with Prince going in from 2, Magee’s interception of McClernon led to Kolar’s first score, putting North up for good.
Edmond North added two late touchdowns, but never had the ball with a chance to tie the game.
Once again, the T-Wolves gave up yards and points, yet made the plays to win, and that was good enough for coach Wade Standley.
“We’re continuing to get better each week,” he said.
The T-Wolves continue to win, too.
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