It was an emotional senior night for Norman North.
Prior to kickoff for North's final game of the season against Southmoore, the coin toss featured honorary captains from three different families of Norman North – the parents of former students Jake Thomas-Simmons and Jackson Wilhite, and the wife and daughter of former coach David Richardson.
The North alumni died tragically just months apart, with Thomas-Simmons passing due to a car accident in Aug. 2018, Wilhite from a seizure suffered in Jan 2019, and Richardson due to complications from colon cancer in Feb. 2019.
After the first quarter, the three families were also honored with football jerseys that had each family's name on the back. The jerseys will be hung in the North facility to honor the families.
Once the game kicked off, it was all business for the Timberwolves. The team set the tone from the opening possession and never let up, as they won their season finale against Southmoore, 49-3 at Harve Collins Stadium.
North coach Justin Jones said the team wanted to win for the three families that were honored.
“It made this win special,” Jones said. “Those families and those people are important to our program. I'm glad we could get a win for them.”
North dominated from the opening possession as they forced a Southmoore punt on the opening possession. Sophomore Jake Tadlock turned in a 15-yard touchdown run just four plays later.
On the next possession, the North offense used the run to march their way up the field. They capped off the drive with a 35-yard touchdown connection between quarterback Jackson Remualdo and Cale Cabbiness.
The Southmoore offense struggled mightily to get anything going as they turned it over six times in the game, including twice in the first half. North converted on every touchdown, as Tadlock and Malachi Gatewood scored two touchdowns to end the half with a 28-0 lead for the Wolves.
The lone blemish for the Timberwolves was turning the ball over on fourth down on their first possession of the second half. The team managed to get back on track for the rest of the half, as the offense scored two more touchdowns while the defense forced four interceptions. Southmoore's three points came early in the fourth quarter on a 42-yard field goal.
“I'm just really proud of our guys. They came out and executed from the jump,” Jones said. “This team has been really close to being successful. We've played some really good football at times and I think tonight was a testament to that. We wanted to make the playoffs, but to finish with a win and the way we did it, it's a testament to these guys.”
Remualdo finished with 165 passing yards and three touchdowns on 7 of 12 passing. The team's running backs combined for 375 rushing yards.
With the win, the Timberwolves end their season on a high note with two consecutive victories. The Wolves finish their season with a 3-7 record.
NORMAN NORTH 42, SOUTHMOORE 3
SOUTHMOORE 0 0 0 3 — 3
NORMANNORTH 14 14 14 7 — 49
NORTH — Jake Tadlock 15-yard run (Brody Haralson kick)
NORTH – Cale Cabbiness 35 pass from Jackson Remualdo (Brody Haralson kick)
NORTH — Tadlock 22-yard run (Sam Kolar kick)
NORTH — Malachi Gatewood 21 pass from Remualdo (Brody Haralson kick)
NORTH – Jake Roberts run (Brody Haralson kick)
NORTH – Jordan Ford 8 pass from Remualdo (Brody Haralson kick)
MOORE – FG, Ethan Koepke
NORTH – Gavin Frakes 3 yard run (Brody Haralson kick)