NORMAN — The big plays just kept on coming. And so did the turnovers. And the points. And then some more big plays.
And, in the end, it was Norman North that came up with the most, and it was the Timberwolves who went home with a 49-27 upset victory over No. 3 Edmond North.
It was a wild game from start to finish. Beginning with the first snap for Norman North, a 48-yard strike from Peyton Gavras to Jake Higginbotham deep down the field that set up a 16-yard touchdown pass to Payton Prince, to the game’s final minute, when Gavras again found Higginbotham, this time for a 21-yard score on a fourth-down play that put the finishing touches on the win, Norman North simply found ways to get it done.
It was a game that featured six turnovers between the squads, a game in which Norman North overcame six fumbles to pull away from a team ranked as highly as No. 1 in some polls. And, even when Norman North made a mistake, it worked out for them, like when Gavras had a fourth-quarter pass tipped twice by Huskies defenders before it fell into the waiting hands of Prince for a touchdown score.
“It was just an awesome game,” Gavras said. “Right now, there are no words for it. The energy was great the entire time, and it was one of those games you just love to be a part of.”
More than that, it was a game that firmly established Norman North (6-1, 4-0) as the favorite to win District 6A-3. The T-Wolves had previously been tied with Edmond North (6-1, 3-1) at the top of the district, and with both teams favored to beat the rest of the competition, Thursday’s game was seen as a de facto championship game.
If it was, Norman North made a case to be considered the best team in the west. The T-Wolves fought through multiple injuries and never trailed in a victory over Edmond North, a team thought to be the top team on this side of the state after a 26-13 victory over Edmond Santa Fe.