By Michael Kinney
The Norman Transcript
LAWTON — In his final regular season game with Norman North, Peyton Gavras didn’t want to leave anything on the field. Despite facing a struggling Eisenhower squad that was just looking to get the game over with, Gavras made sure his Timberwolves came out ready to play.
The senior signal caller threw four first-half touchdown passes on the way to a 48-13 North victory at Cameron Stadium in Lawton. His five touchdown passes on the night gave him 31 for the season. It was also the second time this year he has tossed that many in one game. He threw for 335 yards on 22-of-33 passing.
“He’s just had a tremendous year,” North coach Wade Standley said of Gavras. “That young man had another great night tonight. He continues to get better and better each week. And that’s what we need from him.”
The win pushes the Timberwolves to 9-1 on the season and an impressive 7-0 in district action as it heads into the playoffs.
“It’s awesome, it’s great,” Gavras said. “One of our goals was district champions. Even though we wrapped it up last week, we were presented with another goal of going undefeated in districts. We came out and executed. It’s awesome. It’s fun.”
North set the tone for the night on its second possession of the game. Gavras connected with Tyler Sipe for a 55-yard touchdown pass. Sipe raced untouched into the end zone to give the T-Wolves a 7-0 advantage.
Gavras went deep again to start the second period when he hit Garrett Verble for a 25-yard touchdown that split a pair of EHS (2-8) defenders.
Beau Proctor got the ball back for the T-Wolves when he intercepted Bently Bross. But when Gavras went for another TD pass he was picked off the second time by R.J. Newton.
However, Gavras made up for it with his third scoring strike of the half when he hit Channing Meyer down the middle of the field for a 23-yard score.
North decided to keep it on the ground on its fourth touchdown drive. After big runs by Bryan Payne and Sipe, Meyer waltzed into the end zone from three yards out.
Gavras threw a fourth touchdown pass in the first half to give the Timberwolves a 35-0 half-time lead. The competitive part of the game was over.
“It was a big deal to get off to a fast start,” Gavras said. “Obviously, it’s their senior night and homecoming. We understood that. We knew we just had to come out and do our thing and put it on them fast and early. And have some fun.”
Even though North played without linebacker Jordan Evans, it had no problem shutting down the Eagles’ offense. It held the home team to 46 yards in the first half.
North will not learn who it has in the first round of the playoffs until after today’s games. But regardless of who they matchup with, they believe.
“These guys come to work everyday,” Standley said. “They have gotten better each week. If we continue to do that then we are going to put ourselves in position to continue to play.”
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