The wins set both teams up well heading into the final month of the season. Barring a collapse, both teams are on track to make the playoffs, and with a few more wins, hosting a playoff game is in sight.
Off and running: Norman High and Norman North both competed at a pre-state cross country meet on Friday at Edmond Santa Fe, and both squads placed highly at the event.
On the girls’ side, North finished second, just three points behind Mustang, and NHS came in fourth. On the boys’ side, NHS finished fourth and North came in ninth.
Mackenzie Wahpepah-Harris won the meet for NHS with a time of 15:36.
“We like where our boys are at this point,” Tigers’ coach Scott Monnard said. “It’s been a challenge keeping everyone healthy this year, but things are starting to come together and we are excited about the group of young men we will put out there during the stretch run.”
Next up for both squads in the Mid-State Conference meet on Tuesday at NHS’ home course, where the NHS boys will attempt to win their third consecutive title.
Backups perform well for North: Norman North had no trouble Thursday night scoring on an overmatched US Grant team en route to a 56-0 victory. And, while the first team put up many of those points, the backups who entered the game in the second half did an admirable job as well.
Running back Jordan Pryor had a big game. The junior carried the ball 11 times for 81 yards, an average of more than seven yards per carry, and scored three times in the game.
Defense steps up: NHS coach Greg Nation wanted his defense to be more active against Choctaw after not causing many turnovers this season.
The Tigers certainly accomplished that on Friday. They forced four turnovers and had another near-interception that the referees eventually ruled incomplete. Moreover, the Tigers recorded four sacks in the game, and would have had five if not for offsetting penalties that wiped out the play.
“We’re starting to create some turnovers, which is good,” Nation said. “You can’t hope that the other team makes a mistake or a turnover; you have to cause them.”
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