OKLAHOMA CITY — The numbers speak for themselves. Twenty-eight, first-quarter points. Nearly 200 yards of offense in the game’s first 20 minutes. Holding U.S. Grant to negative yardage and no first downs in the first half and only 15 yards for the game.
And finally, the most important number: 56-0. The score by which Norman North defeated Grant to move to 5-1 and remain undefeated in district play.
Grant, playing with just 29 players dressed out, was simply outmatched by the bigger and more experienced Timberwolves. A running clock was instituted in the second quarter in a game that was never in doubt. But just because the T-Wolves were big favorites didn’t mean they were taking the game lightly.
“This time of the year, they’re all important,” coach Wade Standley told his team before the game. “You cannot go into any week and take it lightly.”
North took just two snaps to get on the board. After an incomplete pass to start the game, Peyton Gavras found Nick Basquine for a 41-yard strike that put the T-Wolves on the board.
Bryan Payne then broke a pair of long scoring runs, the second coming after he juked three separate Grant defenders. He finished the game with 110 yards and the pair of touchdowns on just three carries as North pulled its starters early in the second quarter. In the same amount of playing time, Gavras finished 4-of-5 for 133 yards and two touchdowns.
While North wasn’t able to get much work out of its starters against the Generals, the backups received a lot of playing time, and every available player got on the field for the T-Wolves.
Trey Millican and Jordan Pryor carried the brunt of the load in the second half as the pair of running backs took the majority of the carries. Pryor made several nice runs, and finished with 81 yards and three scores, while Millican had 50 and a touchdown on eight carries.
And, even for the starters, there was still plenty on the line.
“I had to redeem myself this week after dropping a couple passes last week,” said Basquine, who juked his way to a touchdown in the first quarter to open the scoring barrage. “It was nice to take care of our business this week. We tried to treat this game like Grant was Edmond North.”
Unfortunately for North, they aren’t. Edmond North is a favorite to win District 6A-3, and it’s a team with few holes. The two teams will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in the game of the year to date.
“We know that’s a big game,” Basquine said. “And we’re ready going into next week.”