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October 21, 2012

T-Wolves close enough to smell title

NORMAN — Norman North set itself up for a district championship with last week’s victory over Edmond North. But the Timberwolves still have to close the deal, something they are a lot closer to doing after Friday’s game at Putnam City North.

Norman North (7-1, 5-0) easily handled Putnam City North, 34-7, in what was on paper the toughest game left on the schedule. By virtue of the head-to-head win and the fact that all other teams besides Edmond North have at least two district losses, Norman North has to win just one of its final two games to win District 6A-3.

The T-Wolves will get their first shot at that on Friday, when Moore (2-6, 2-3) comes to Harve Collins Field. Norman North then closes the regular season with a trip to Lawton Eisenhower (2-6, 1-4).

“We still have to take care of our business,” linebacker Jordan Evans said. “We know what we can do.”

Missed tackles seal Tigers’ fate: After falling behind by two scores to No. 6 Edmond Santa Fe on Friday, Norman High didn’t give up. The Tigers strung together an impressive fourth-quarter drive to pull within six points, and kicked the ball off to the Wolves with just under six minutes remaining in regulation.

But that was the last time the Tigers would touch the ball. Santa Fe ran out the clock on the final drive by converting three first downs, with the help of some broken tackles.

The most disappointing play for NHS came on Santa Fe’s third snap of the drive. Facing third-and-six deep inside their own territory, the Wolves threw a short pass to Phillip Sumpter out of the backfield. The Tigers met Sumpter at the line of scrimmage, but the elusive back was able to slip out of three separate tackles to narrowly gain the first down for the Wolves, who would complete another third-down conversion on the drive to seal the victory.

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