OWASSO — History repeated itself on Friday night in Owasso, as the Rams knocked NHS out of the playoffs for the third straight year.
While the Tigers played well throughout the game, it was the Rams — and quarterback Jaylen Lowe — who came up with the biggest plays in their 35-15 victory.
NHS keyed in on Owasso running back Scottie Prealow, who torched the Tigers last year for five touchdowns. The strategy worked, as the senior back finished with just 65 yards on 15 carries.
But the other half of the explosive Owasso offense led by signal-caller Lowe, found success all night against the NHS secondary. Lowe finished 14 for 21 with 247 yards and two touchdowns. He also did damage with his feet, extending multiple plays with his ability to scramble and turning several of them downfield to pick up significant yardage.
Meanwhile, his receivers got open downfield, sneaking behind the secondary several times for big gains on busted plays as Lowe bought time with his speed. NHS kept Owasso’s two biggest threats, Prealow and receiver Cole Neph, from beating the Tigers themselves, but the rest of the Rams stepped up, with Jake Burd leading the way with two scores.
“They were keying on Cole some, but we have weapons everywhere,” said Lowe, who finished with two rushing scores to go alongside his two passing touchdowns. “I just got it to them and let them do work.”
Things went wrong for NHS from the opening kickoff, when a hard hit on Imond Robinson caused a fumble and very nearly gave Owasso the ball right away. The Tigers recovered that fumble, but it was a sign of things to come. NHS put the ball on the ground three times. And, while the Tigers recovered all three, it set back several drives and kept the offense from getting into the flow.