The Norman Transcript


November 3, 2012

Bears lose season-ending showdown



The first half saw the teams go back and forth with big plays. By halftime, the Bears had 355 total yards, a total that started from the game’s first snap, a 45-yard shovel pass to Austin Echols. The Bears needed just one more play to get in the end zone on a trick play, with Cody Graves hitting Devin Wheeler on a reverse pass from 35 yards out for a 7-0 lead.

After a 15-yard scoring run by Jacobs, Noble came back with Dakota Boxwell finding Wood on a screen pass for a 31-yard score and a 14-7 advantage.

The Shawnee pair of Jacobs and Theo Berry hit Noble for several big pass plays, setting up a second Jacobs touchdown run with a long completion to tie the game.

The next series, a circus catch by Berry set up a third score for Shawnee’s first lead, 22-14 early in the second.

But the Bears again had the answer, first on a 2-yard scoring run by Wood after the Wolves muffed a punt, and later a 26-yard run by Echols that Wood set up with a 38-yard pass reception from Boxwell and a 27-22 halftime edge.

In addition to another strong game for Wood, Echols gave the Bears a big night with 87 yards receiving and another 84 on the ground.

The Bears fell short of their first playoff appearance in five years, but still made big strides after only winning three games the previous two seasons.

Shawnee goes on to face Tulsa East Central in the opening round of postseason play next week.

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