Norman High reached the regular season’s midway point Thursday night.
What better way to celebrate than with a blowout, District 6A-3 victory?
The Tigers improved to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in district play, thanks to a 50-20 win over Shawnee at Harve Collins Field.
The game was competitive for about one quarter. Then NHS turned running back Donovan Roberts loose, and the Tigers cruised the rest of the way.
The 5-0 start is the best for NHS in more than a decade.
“We’re just going out, playing hard and doing what we’re supposed to do,” Roberts said after the win.
The rout started early.
The Tigers got the ball first and went right to the end zone, a drive that culminated on Roberts’ first touchdown, a 12-yard run through the middle during which he juked and fought off defenders.
Shawnee got all the way down to the Tigers’ 11 on its first possession, but turned it over on downs.
NHS took it 86 yards for its second score, a nine-yard run by Roberts, to go up 13-0.
In the second quarter, things got really nasty.
Roberts broke several big runs, including touchdowns of 20, 17 and 11 yards, and the Wolves had no response.
“I was feeling really good and the coaches kept giving me the opportunity to run the ball,” Roberts said. “The line opened up some great holes for me and I was able to take advantage.”
Roberts finished the first half with 143 yards and five touchdowns.
He rushed just six times for 30 yards in the second half, when he was pulled from the game with NHS up 43-6.
Shawnee finally got something going offensively after the break.
Quarterback Hunter Holley ran into the end zone from one yard away in the third quarter. Then he found receiver Leon Davis for a 14-yard touchdown in the fourth. Holley ran one in from four yards out late in the game for the contest’s final score.
NHS had some second-quarter action, too, most of it on special teams.
First, in the third quarter, Jaime Myers ran a kickoff back 82 yards for a touchdown. Then, in the fourth, Brad Davis returned one 84 yards, setting up A’reion Hynes’ 5-yard touchdown run.
Myers finished with 40 yards on three carries and Davis had an interception in the first half.
Defensively, the star of the night was NHS end Matt Connery. Connery had five of the Tigers’ six sacks on Holley. One came with some help from fellow lineman Kerry Story.
Sophomore quarterback Zach Long was effective for NHS, completing 5-of-11 passes for 54 yards.
Holley settled in nicely for the Wolves, too. He finished 17-of-35 for 210 yards, a touchdown and an interception. His biggest target was usual quarterback Brayle Brown. Brown, a Division 1 prospect under center, has been playing wide receiver since suffering an early-season shoulder injury. He had 11 catches for 124 yards.
The Tigers face their biggest test of the season so far next Friday night at Moore stadium when they take on Southmoore.