The Norman Transcript

Local Sports

September 21, 2013

Tigers’ rally falls just short against stingy Millers

YUKON — Maybe it’s better this way for Norman High. 

A third straight horrendously slow offensive start to the game;  a strong defensive scheme from their opponent, one that District 6A-4 opponents, beginning next week, are sure to study and try to exploit; not to mention the lesson that rarely is it enough to be only momentarily explosive, and when your defense gives you the ball and field position time and again, you really have to do something with it.

The Tigers (2-1) couldn’t Friday night at Miller Stadium, leaving Yukon (2-1) to walk away a 21-19 victor.

The crazy thing was, for all of those issues, NHS was still in position to win through most of the second half, not yielding the lead until Miller quarterback Hayden Somerville found Caelan Groce for a 24-yard touchdown with 10:25 remaining.

And, after Groce, also Yukon’s punter, caught NHS napping with a fake that ultimately led to an eight-point Yukon lead, forged on Somerville’s 3-yard scoring toss to Parker Bohannon with 6:39 remaining, the Tigers still threatened overtime when Jakcob Dean, after throwing eight straight incompletions to begin the second half, caught fire in the final moments and led the Tigers on a 99-yard drive.

The last two passes of the march were to Sayvon Foley, the first for 10-yards and the second for 28 and six points with 44.6 seconds remaining. However, trying to hit George Carter with a two-point conversion pass to tie the game, though Dean hit him in the hands, it was Miller defender Josh Beddell getting a hand in to break it up and finish the Tiger threat.

“They brought it to us,” said Dean, who turned in the Tigers’ biggest play of the night, a 58-yard keeper that arrested control of the game, putting NHS up 10-0 in the second quarter.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local Sports
  • Norman football a hotbed for quarterbacks

    While Norman High searches for a new quarterback to take the reins, Norman North is entering the preseason with one of the most talented quarterbacks in the state in Oklahoma State commit John Kolar....

    August 1, 2014

  • 498415327SB20543_Sky_Shock How Paris got her groove back

    TULSA — It looked like it came easily to Courtney Paris. The minute she stepped foot on the campus at the University of Oklahoma in 2005, it seemed she was already an All-American and destroying the competition in the Big 12 and across the ...

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Three Tigers competing for quarterback

    While some teams have had questions surrounding the quarterback position in recent years, Norman High has seen relative stability. Thanks to a three-year run by Zach Long followed up by Jakcob Dean’s ascendance last season, the Tigers ...

    July 31, 2014

  • Brace yourselves for what is likely bumpy road to playoffs

    In October of 2005, back when Butch Peters had Norman High ranked No. 5 on the gridiron and Karin Sexson had Norman North ranked No. 1 on the volleyball court, I wrote a column under the headline: “Two great teams … Who cares.” It was all ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Clash Football It’s a whole new ball game for Tigers and Timberwolves

    With just over two weeks until football practice officially begins Aug. 11, everyone is busy preparing for the upcoming season. After all, it’s one that will be unlike any other....

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • USA Basketball Durant tells media that he’s not looking too far ahead

    While most of the NBA’s offseason has been focused on players going home, max contracts and who gets Kevin Love, the reigning MVP has been pretty low key. Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant has stayed in the shadows for the most part while ...

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tang making a splash on state level

    The Sooner Swim Club has produced a long string of great athletes in Norman. Norman North has won back-to-back state championships and senior Justin Wu owns several state records and last week qualified for the U.S. National swim meet. The ...

    July 29, 2014

  • Zac Selmon joins UNC as associate AD

    Zac Selmon, an associate director of athletic development with the Sooner Club since 2012, has been hired by North Carolina as an associate athletic director and special assistant to Tar Heel athletics director Bubba Cunningham....

    July 28, 2014

  • OSSAA releases enrollment figures

    The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association released the preliminary 2014-15 ADM for classification purposes Friday and not much has changed for many of the area schools. Moore (2,265), Norman North (2,180), Westmoore (2,090), ...

    July 26, 2014

  • Swim regionals 1 Norman North’s Justin Wu qualifies for U.S. national

    Justin Wu made history last week when he qualified for the U.S. national swim meet. A senior at Norman North, Wu already owned several state records when he outpaced a field of college swimmers in the event....

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo