NORMAN — Despite its record and a district title under its belt, Norman North was not given much of a chance Friday. Not because it wasn’t a good team, but because very few thought any team from the west side would win a game in the quarterfinal round of the 6A playoffs.
But once again, the Timberwolves showed they aren’t concerned with outside perceptions. They just go out and play football.
North knocked off the Tigers 24-16 at Harve Collins Field to advance to the semifinal round where it will meet Owasso next week.
“It means a lot,” North’s Jordan Evans said. “Some of us are pretty emotional right now because we have accomplished things no one thought we were going to accomplish. It’s just a very special moment for us right now.”
But it didn’t come without some last-minute drama.
BA took over on its own 12-yard line with 2:40 on the clock. It drove to the 50-yard line when quarterback Coleman Key dropped back to pass. As he had done all night, Evans rushed hard and hurried Key, making his pass fly over the receiver’s head and DJ Hicks picked it off. Hicks returned it deep into BA territory to set up a Redford Jones field goal that sealed the game.
“It was crazy,” Hicks said. “I knew we needed a big play. So I did my best to make it happen.”
North held the Tigers’ high-powered offense to 319 yards total. That includes allowing only 50 on the ground, making them a one-dimensional unit.
But it was the special teams that got the team on the scoreboard first when Evans returned a punt 90 yards for a touchdown.
Broken Arrow answered with a Ross Moore 36-yard field goal and the T-Wolves led 7-3 heading into second quarter.