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November 10, 2012

They could have played all day with same results

(Continued)

NORMAN —

“Big players make big plays.”

They do, indeed.

Like their Crosstown Clash rivals the night before on the same field, the T-Wolves do have a flair for the dramatic.

They thought they had about the biggest play you’ll ever see when D.J. Hicks picked off a pass in the end zone and ran it all the way back to the other end zone, but a flag brought it back and the T-Wolves started at their own 6.

That gave way to a Gavras pick, which gave way to Southmoore’s only score, a 2-yard run from Jackson Stallings.

Then Uhles blocked the extra point. Then Jordan Evans fielded the kick at his own 16-yard line and went the distance, just like Hicks, only this time it counted.

North is an interesting team.

Gavras was limited by the SaberCats, but is a terrific passing quarterback.

North’s run game was suspect early in the season, but give credit to coach Wade Standley and staff, which did something about it, getting Evans, Uhles and Tyler Sipe involved — 29 carries, 119 yards against the SaberCats between them — giving them balance where they’d struggle for it before.

Then there’s Evans in the return game, a weapon nobody appears prepared to defend. And then there’s this defense that does what it has to do.

It’s a heck of a combination, in all ways, it seems, built for postseason success. And wouldn’t it be great to see it all come together?

Because Friday night was messy. Southmoore made sure to make it messy. The SaberCats were too good for North to create much flow offensively and too good for its defense to thrive on three-and-outs, but not so good North would be denied because the Timberwolves do too many things too well.

Broken Arrow is next.

One more chance for the T-Wolves to not only win, but really put it together.

They might have to.

They’ve got 10 wins.

Might as well make it 11.

Clay HorningFollow me @clayhorningcfhorning@normantranscript.com

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