NORMAN — It may have been a “meaningless” game for Norman High, which was already guaranteed second place in District 6A-4 before Friday night’s game against Lawton. But that didn’t stop the Tigers from delivering an impressive win over Lawton High anyway.
After falling behind 7-0, the eighth-ranked Tigers quickly took control of the game, going on several long drives and converting on each. They then withstood a furious second-half charge by the Wolverines that went down to the wire, and walked away with a 26-21 victory that ended Lawton’s playoff hopes.
Entering the game, everyone on the field knew that NHS was going to keep it on the ground, and there’s no doubt that Lawton prepped against it all week. But that didn’t stop the Tigers from running wild over the Wolverines, with the usual trio of Zach Long, Imond Robinson and A’erion Hines accounting for every one of NHS’ 384 yards, with Robinson gaining 156 on the ground and Long finishing with 155 all-purpose yards.
“Our run game was just popping tonight,” coach Greg Nation said. “We’ve proven we can throw the ball, but we saw things in what they were giving us tonight and it worked.”
While NHS (8-2, 6-1) controlled the game most of the way, Lawton (6-4, 3-4) made a serious threat at the end. Taking over the ball with almost five minutes left and down 26-15, the Wolverines marched downfield as NHS went into the prevent defense. The drive culminated in a Dallas Sealey 6-yard score, but the Tigers broke up the pass attempt on the two-point conversion.
After recovering the kick, Lawton was able to stop the Tigers and use its three timeouts to stop the clock. It looked like the Wolverines were poised to make a final drive, but they muffed the punt return and Jake Stinson fell on the ball for NHS to end the game and Lawton’s season.