The Norman Transcript

October 21, 2012

T-Wolves close enough to smell title

By Corbin Hosler
The Norman Transcript

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.

“We made the plays when we needed to,” Santa Fe coach Lance Manning said after the game. “Everyone stepped up tonight.”

SaberCats in trouble:With Southmoore's 27-20 loss to Edmond Memorial Friday, it has put itself in a difficult position. It sits tied for fifth place with Mustang in District 6A-4 and only two games remaining. It now not only must win out, but need for either Lawton or Edmond Memorial to lose one or two games.

The SaberCats have games with Choctaw and Mustang in the final two weeks. Both games are at Moore Stadium.

Against Edmond, Southmoore racked up 525 total yards, including 310 on the ground.

Nelson’s big game pulls CCS through:CCS traveled to Dallas on Friday to take on Dallas HSAA, and the circumstances made for a difficult game. Having traveled three hours and not having a locker room to dress in, the Royals came out “a little out of sync,” assistant Gary Haler said.

But that didn’t stop CCS from pulling out a tight game behind a big night from wide receiver Blake Nelson.

Nelson finished with five receptions for 98 yards and three touchdowns. He also added 13 yards running the ball out of the Wildcat formation, including the winning touchdown with less than a minute on the clock.

“Our defense showed up in the fourth quarter,” Haler said. “We held them to three-and-outs, and our offense had the ball for more than three-quarters of the fourth.”

Tackling machine: Westmoore’s Josh Morgan has continued the standard he started last year as being one of the best defenders in the state. The 5-10, 220-pound middle linebacker is averaging almost 13 tackles a game for the Jaguars and leads Class 6A.

Coming into Friday’s 56-6 win over Sapulpa, he had already accounted for 90 tackles. That includes 19 against Putnam City and 18 versus Southmoore.

Morgan’s official numbers against Sapulpa have not been tallied, but the senior feels he had one of his top outings of the season.

“I’ve been playing good,” Morgan said. “There is always room for improvement. But I think tonight being Senior Night, the emotions flowing, I played one of my best games.”

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