NORMAN — The future of Norman High’s season could hinge on tonight’s game against Southmoore.
That may seem like a drastic description of the contest between No. 6 Southmoore (5-1, 2-1) and No. 8 NHS (5-1, 3-0), but there’s no doubt that tonight’s game will shape the future of District 6A-4.
A win tonight puts NHS into the driver’s seat with an unblemished district record, while a Southmoore victory will give the SaberCats wins over NHS and Lawton, with a loss to Edmond Santa Fe.
With Southmoore being a favorite in every other game left on the schedule, that would create a jumble at the top of the district and keep Southmoore very much alive for a district title.
“You’re going to start to see everything in the district take shape after this week,” NHS coach Greg Nation said. “We all realize the importance of this game.”
Everything considered, it would be tough to find a favorite, though home field advantage does favor Southmoore.
Both teams are led by potent offenses and opportunistic defenses, and many think tonight’s game could turn into a shootout.
That could certainly be the case. Southmoore had scored at least 33 points in every game before last week’s 20-17 win over Lawton, while NHS has averaged nearly 40 points a game. Both teams feature a strong running game that can chew up the clock and wear down opposing defenses.
NHS uses the combination of Zach Long, Imond Robinson and A’erion Hines to key its attack, and Southmoore’s offense is similar. The SaberCats rely on a potent ground game led by athletic and elusive quarterback Tre Edwards.
“They’re a very strong offensive team,” Nation said. “They’ve got kids who are big, strong and run hard. It’s a lot of weapons offensively, with inside and outside threats.”