NORMAN — Norman High started fast and left nothing to chance in its playoff opener, cruising past Westmoore 3-0 to start the Class 6A playoffs on a strong note Tuesday at Gordon Drummond Field.
J.P. Pelletier, Matt Hockett and Theodore Ostas scored for the Tigers, who used their size advantage to overpower the Jaguars. And on the occasions the Jaguars did mount a counterattack, the Tigers’ back line was up to the challenge.
“We didn’t give them a whole lot, they had some opportunities but for the most part we did a good job defensively,” Drummond said.
Pelletier got the Tigers on the board in the 21st minute with a wind-aided blast from about 40 yards out that just sailed over Jaguar goalkeeper Chandler Dawson.
Just about a minute before halftime, Hockett found space from a similar spot in the field after a feed from Preston Thomason. Hockett chose to fire low and left, with Dawson getting most of it but the ball creeping over the line for a 2-0 halftime lead.
“In the dressing room, we talked about how now they’ve got the wind, and we need to be ready,” Drummond said.
His team was. Back into the wind to start the second frame, the Tigers removed any lingering doubt quickly, as Ostas made a nifty move past a Westmoore defender and scored his team-leading 17th for a back-breaking 3-0 lead.
From there it was pretty much academic, as the Jaguars had the wind advantage and produced a couple of close calls, including a blast off the crossbar by Ashton Bishop.
“That was good to score then, it sends a statement,” Ostas said. “And we gave a good effort on defense going against the wind. It was a good shutout to get.”
From here, it’s yet another second-round Crosstown Clash with Norman North. The teams battled to two classics last season and an eventual shootout victory for North earlier this year.