But things didn’t stay that way long. Owasso, one of the most explosive offensive teams in the state, finally got rolling in the second quarter. The Rams pulled to within seven points by halftime, and picked up where they left off in the second half, with the touchdowns piling up quickly on long plays.
Midway through the third quarter, what once looked like a North blowout became a 42-35 Owasso lead.
“We knew they were good on offense, and we knew there would be momentum shifts,” Evans said. “We just told ourselves we’ve come too far for this to be our last game. We stayed calm and knew we could get stops.”
And they did. The T-Wolves stopped Owasso on two critical fourth-down plays in the fourth quarter, one coming on the three-yard line, while the offense continued to roll. North finally retook the lead, 49-42, on a 70-yard pass from Gavras to Jake Higginbotham, and were able to keep Owasso out of the end zone in the final few minutes to seal the program’s first-ever trip to the state championship.
“I’ve never seen guys with such heart,” coach Wade Standley said. “They just refused to lose. It was such a rollercoaster of a game. I knew the offense would continue to move the ball, and I told the defense they would have a chance to win the game. And they stepped up when it mattered.”
There is one potential piece of bad news for the Timberwolves. Gavras took a hard hit late in the game and was woozy afterward, though the extent of the injury wasn’t immediately clear.
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