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October 21, 2013

Crunch time for Norman High

NORMAN — It’s now do-or-die for Norman High, which must win out if the Tigers want to make it to the playoffs.

NHS (3-4, 1-3) came close but ultimately fell short to Southmoore on Friday, making a run to the playoffs as hard as possible with games against No. 6 Edmond Santa Fe and No. 3 Lawton left on the schedule.

There may be some good news for the Tigers, who will face Edmond Santa Fe (5-2, 3-1) on Friday. Wolves’ quarterback and Oklahoma commit Justice Hansen went out early of Friday’s game against Lawton with an ankle injury and didn’t return. He spent the night on crutches, and his status for this week isn’t yet known.

If Hansen is unable to go, the Tigers’ defense catches a break. Hansen is deadly with both his arm and his feet, and while his backup Keaton Torre performed well against Lawton, facing anyone other than Hansen would be a godsend in a must-win game for NHS.

Basquine bounces back: It’s tough to say Norman North wideout Nick Basquine had a down game two weeks ago against US Grant, since he only got to play on several drives before the backups took the field. But the senior did drop a pair of deep, open passes that likely would have went for touchdowns. For someone who has become the go-to receiver for the Timberwolves (5-2, 4-0), that can be considered a poor outing.

He made up for it on Friday night.

Playing just his second full game with quarterback John Kolar, Basquine was nearly flawless the 42-35 victory over Edmond North that put the Timberwolves in command of the District 6A-3 title race. He caught seven passes for 183 yards and a touchdown. He also proved that the deep-ball threat he established with David Cornwell under center before the Alabama commit was lost for the season isn’t going anywhere. Against the Huskies, Basquine caught three passes for more than 50 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter that put the Timberwolves back on top.

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