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November 18, 2012

North will face Owasso at Union

NORMAN — After two weeks of home playoff games, Norman North fans will face a drive to watch their team face off against Owasso in the state semifinals.

The North-Owasso game will be played on Friday at Tulsa Union. The Class 6A semifinal and championship games are played at neutral sites, alternating between east- and west-side schools every year.

The other semifinal game, Tulsa Union-Jenks, will be played at Broken Arrow High School. The title game will be played at Oklahoma State University.

Passing success not enough: Norman High’s Zach Long had his best passing game of the season on Friday, going 12 of 16 for 136 yards.

But it coincided with the Tigers’ worst night on the ground this season. They finished with just 105 rushing yards on 39 attempts, less than three yards per carry.

“We were able to have some success through the air, but they did what no other team has done this season,” coach Greg Nation said. “They stopped our inside run game and our outside option game.”

What’s next for Ward? After sitting out the entire football season, DJ Ward is ready to move on. According to the Southmoore senior, he will be graduating in two weeks and enrolling at the University of Oklahoma next semester. He said he wants to get a jump on the other incoming freshmen.

The 6-3, 245-pound Ward is the No. 1 ranked high school player in Oklahoma by Rivals.com in the 2013 class and the No. 6 ranked defensive end in the nation. The OSSAA ruled him ineligible after he transferred from Lawton to Oklahoma City Douglass then to Southmoore in the offseason.

Bright futures: Westmoore’s Josh Morgan and Jhames West saw their high school careers come to an end last week when the Jaguars lost to Tulsa Union in the first round of the playoffs. But their football careers still have some life left.

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