Broken Arrow is the best team in the state, and it will likely do what it did to Norman High Friday a few more times this year.
However, it was still impressive to watch running back Noah Cortes and BA's offensive line run over a solid opponent in a 63-7 blowout at Harve Collins Field. Cortes, at 6-foot-1, 212-pounds, just couldn't be stopped, rushing for 200 yards on 14 carries with a school-record six touchdowns.
Behind a dominant group up front, anchored by four-star offensive tackle Andrew Raym, BA pounded its way to 614 total yards, 430 on the ground, reaching the end zone on eight consecutive drives after a punt on its opening possession.
“They're really good,” NHS coach Rocky Martin said. “They're well-coached and good at what they do. They're big and they're powerful, and it's power football. It's great football."
NHS didn't have many chances, but it threw away its first one.
After winning the coin toss, Norman chose to receive the opening kickoff. Starting from his own 20, quarterback Cade Horton faked a handoff and dropped back to pass. Receiver Andrew Young had beat his man and was sprinting towards the end zone. He was still in Horton's range when the Ole Miss baseball commit cocked and threw, but the pass was well short.
BA cornerback Aaron Stokes wrestled the interception away from Young, and the visitors took over on their own 44.
“There are going to be bad plays in a football game,” Martin said. “It's how we respond that's the big thing. Just because they have a big play, we've got to move onto the next play and forget about it.”
It looked like NHS did that, holding its ground thanks to a third-down sack by linebacker Cedric Seals. But that provided just a short reprieve in what turned into a long night for the defense.
Its offense didn't really help, recording close to half of its 230 total yards in the fourth quarter when the game was already decided. It's first first down came early in the second quarter. At that point, the score was already 21-0, but NHS marched into BA territory, until another Stokes interception ended the drive.
When the ball went back to BA, it was no secret who was getting it.
Cortes punched in a 20-yard touchdown run, his fourth. He would get two more before halftime, breaking the school record before NHS got on the board. Coming into the game, he had 514 rushing yards on 86 carries with eight touchdowns through the first four games.
“It was amazing, getting six touchdowns, almost as much as I had on the season,” Cortes said. “It's just a blessing. Getting the record is what I set my mind to. It's a dream come true. But I've got to give all the glory to God. I trust my o-line. It's just unbelievable.”
The lone scoring drive for the home team came with less than five minutes in the game. BA's backups' backups were in, and maybe of some of their backups, too. Yet, Horton's 41-yard touchdown run gave his team a moment to remember against the state's top team, as No. 10 NHS (2-3, 0-2 District 6AI-1) marches on to a must-win game at Edmond Memorial (1-4, 0-2) next Friday.
“Obviously we gave up big plays defensive, and I'm sure it's a guy out of position here, out of position there, but yeah, there's stuff we can take out of this game,” Martin said.
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