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October 12, 2012

North might be best in west

NORMAN — So this became the question on the Harve Collins Field sideline Thursday night, where No. 3 Edmond North was having a heck of a time with unranked Norman North.

Biggest win since the split?

(A few minutes remained, but the writing was on the wall)

Just as it began to be answered affirmatively, both sides of the conversation remembered the time North beat Norman High on the first night of the 2006 playoffs.

Because people forget the canyon between the two programs. The T-Wolves had never beaten the Tigers. Ever.

It was a thunderclap.

So, what to make of Thursday night at the old stadium, where the T-Wolves first beat and then destroyed the Huskies 49-27?

A statement?

Serving notice?

Validation?

Confirmation?

All of the above?

Six years ago, it was about North finally reaching relevancy. This was about the T-Wolves reaching higher than they’ve ever reached.

It is the win neither city program had ever won. It is the victory that, before it happens, everybody talks about with a bit of mystery in their voice because on the other side of it may lay a brave new world for the victors.

Momentarily, at least, North is the Great West Hope.

Midwest City stumbled (again and again). Edmond North stunned Edmond Santa Fe. Santa Fe topped Southmoore, and the SaberCats handed Westmoore and Lawton their only losses. Only Edmond North had escaped unscathed … until the T-Wolves throttled the Huskies on Thursday night.

They were fortunate, yes.

Jordan Evans brought a kickoff back 89 yards because, apparently, the Huskies forgot how North won the Clash.

One of Payton Prince’s two touchdowns had to deflect off the fingertips of two Huskies first — on fourth down — so he could reel in a ball never meant to be coming his way.

And freshman running back Quan Hogan got credit for a 97-yard touchdown sprint down the right sideline, though it was Channing Meyer who carried the first five or six yards before making like J.C. Watts to get it in Hogan’s hands.

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