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October 28, 2013

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Southmoore faces Choctaw (3-5, 1-4) and the Bronchos in their final two contests. Their playoff lives are in their hands if they win out.

Things are much more complicated for Norman North (5-3, 4-1), which dropped its first district game of the season to Putnam City North on Friday. The loss dropped the T-Wolves into a three-way tie for first with Edmond North and Putnam City North.

Because all three teams are tied, the tiebreaker used is district points. Teams are awarded up to or minus 15 points based on margin of victory in every district game. The team with the highest cumulative total wins the tiebreaker in the event that a head-to-head result is not applicable.

That’s the case in District 6A-3, and it’s not a system that favors Norman North. The T-Wolves have a total of 18 district points, while Putnam City North has 19 and Edmond North has 49.

The Timberwolves do have the easier remaining schedule of the three teams, facing Moore and Lawton Eisenhower, two teams with a combined record of 4-12. Putnam City North has games against Lawton Eisenhower and Yukon (4-3, 2-3), while Edmond North squares off against Midwest City (6-2, 3-2) and winless US Grant.

Westmoore (7-1, 4-1) kept alive its hopes of hosting a home playoff game with its comeback overtime victory over Sapulpa (5-3, 2-3) Friday. It's now tied with Broken Arrow (6-2, 4-1) in District 6A-2.

The Jaguars face Tulsa Edison (4-4, 1-4) this week. A win should set up a matchup with BA in the final week of the season for No. 2 in the district behind Jenks (8-0, 5-0).

Defense shows improvement: While Norman North’s offense gave the ball away four times Friday night and allowed the Panthers to immediately turn two of those into points, the Timberwolves’ defense played one of its better games of the year.

Aside from three long plays they gave up, the Timberwolves put together their best defensive performance of the year, holding the Panthers to just 254 yards of offense and 17 points despite being put into tough field position.

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