The Norman Transcript

Local Sports

October 11, 2013

Tigers aren’t out of playoff hunt

NORMAN — Norman High’s playoff hopes may be on life support after two district games, but they’re far from dead. And with a win against Choctaw at 7 p.m. today, the Tigers can get things moving back in the right direction after three straight losses.

NHS (2-3, 0-2) has suffered back-to-back disappointing losses to Mustang and Edmond Memorial to open district play, after a loss to Yukon in the final non-district game. The rough start has come as a result of poor decisions, poor blocking and tackling, a spate of penalties and last week, a barrage of fumbles.

All are mistakes the Tigers have inflicted upon themselves, and all are correctable. But if NHS is to continue its streak of playoff appearances under coach Greg Nation, the Tigers have to start winning now. With games against Edmond Santa Fe, Lawton and Southmoore, all teams ranked in or around the top 10, the Tigers can’t afford to drop a game to anyone else on their schedule.

But there are signs of improvement at NHS. Outside of the fumbles in last week’s loss to Edmond Memorial, the Tigers largely cleaned up their game. They committed just three penalties in the loss and executed their offense much more smoothly, though the fumbles kept them from ever taking control of the game.

But there is still time for NHS to turn around the season. If the Tigers can eliminate the mistakes this week they will have a chance to pick up their first district win, and more important, some momentum.

“We’re still upbeat, and practice has been going well,” Nation said. “Our challenges have changed a little bit, but our kids still have the vision of what we can do.”

Nation is realistic about his team’s playoff goals. A district championship is almost assuredly out of the picture, but a run to the top four of the loaded District 6A-4 is still realistic.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local Sports
  • North girls escape with win over ESF

    EDMOND — Ranked No. 5 in the state and the winners of six straight games, three of them over top 10 teams, the Norman North girls looked every bit the dominant team Thursday night at Edmond Santa Fe … right up until they flirted with ...

    April 18, 2014

  • Tigers take series with Timberwolves

    Heather Jones made her final Crosstown Clash contest a game to remember....

    April 18, 2014

  • T-Wolves take over late

    EDMOND — Had it ended the way it looked like it was going to end, Norman North boys coach Geo Claros was prepared not to be too upset. He liked the way his team was staying after it, even if he didn’t like how it continued a season-long ...

    April 18, 2014

  • Pistons Thunder Basketball Thunder go all out against Pistons

    OKLAHOMA CITY —  Heading into the final game of the regular season, Oklahoma City coach didn't want to hear anything about a night off. With his team riding a two-game losing streak and fighting for playoff positioning, he treated it like a playoff game.
     

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • Clash tennis Timberwolves win girls’ Clash before boys’ dual ends in a draw

    And Crosstown Clash tennis dominance goes too … Norman North, sort of....

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fuller Westmoore's Fuller signs with Oklahoma Christian

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Tripp Fuller was looking for a school that fit him. One where the Westmoore senior would feel at home at....

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • North nearer to filling coaching vacancies

    A host of coaching positions in Norman are open for next year....

    April 17, 2014

  • Injuries taking a toll on CCS girls squad

    If luck, like karma, is supposed to come back around, Community Christian’s girls soccer team has a lot to look forward to because, right now, they’re living the other side of the equation....

    April 16, 2014

  • Tigers suffer smashing loss to Stillwater in second meeting

    Monday’s game against Stillwater showed exactly how good Norman High can be when it’s playing well. The Tigers held a lead in that game over 21-1 Stillwater, and had a chance to win it before the Pioneers staged a late comeback....

    April 16, 2014

  • North remains perfect in district

    Norman North remained a perfect 10-0 in district play with their second straight win over Lawton Eisenhower. After beating Ike 11-1 Monday, the Timberwolves turned around and hammered the Eagles 13-1 Tuesday night....

    April 16, 2014