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Not who we thought they were: Moore has to be the favorite against Owasso Friday at home. Just two years ago, that would have sounded crazy. The Lions have have risen above their recent history that includes three winless seasons the last five years and Owasso has slipped after reaching the …

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Norman North coach Brent Barnes is well aware of what a win Friday against Edmond North would mean. Winning a district title was a dream goal before the season began. Since it was seemingly tied to a win over Union

the first by a west side team since 2001

it seemed a little far-fetched. North hadn't finished higher than third in the new 6A-I.

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Facing a third down and 4 to put the 30-27 win against No. 3 Union on ice, Norman North coach Brent Barnes had a decision to make. Would he throw the ball, taking the risk of an incompletion and allowing the Redskins to save their last timeout for a chance to end the game? Or would he stay on the ground, forcing them to take it while likely giving the ball back?

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Norman High didn't need to be too creative against Yukon, handing it off to junior running back Traevon Edmundson 34 times for 210 yards and three touchdowns.

Defensive struggle: The last two games, Prague has allowed just 14 points. Little Axe allowed 23 against McLoud but shut out Bridge Creek two weeks prior. If the Indians have their way, this will be a low-scoring game.

Playing up: Community Christian plays its first game against a Class 3A foe when it travels to Purcell Friday. The Royals are in their first year in Class 2A after moving up from Class A. Moving up, CCS wanted tougher teams on its schedule. That’s part of the reason the Royals scheduled the …

STILLWATER — Hard to believe, but maybe the best, most telling and memorable moments for Norman High Friday night at Pioneer Stadium all began with Tiger running back Easton Rider’s fumble deep in Putnam City North territory.

We cover hundreds of athletes every year, and many of them make a significant impression on us. At the end of every spring prep season, we say goodbye to players we’ve come to know, players we enjoy watching each week. Here are five we’ll miss for sure.

About three hours before the lone soccer game on tonight’s schedule — the Norman High boys at Yukon for a 6 p.m. kick — is to be played, the possibility that one or both of the NHS and Norman North boys may not reach the postseason remains real and a little amazing.

There are five area teams still alive for playoff spots, and while Norman North and Southmooore’s picture is pretty clear, others are a little more complex.

If Norman High is to have the same result against Westmoore as Norman North did, Tigers coach Greg Nation knows his team will likely have to put up a better defensive effort than the T-Wolves.

Yet again, we wish for defense from Norman North, offense from Norman High, a playoff position after a strong non-district start from Community Christian (not to mention Noble … Hello, the Bears are 3-0) and do we dare declare Southmoore best in the west?

Watching the first week of high school football is a bit like biting into a new entree at a favorite restaurant.

•  NHS’ defensive line vs. North’s offensive line: Coaches often say games are won in the trenches, and the Crosstown Clash will likely follow this model.

When overhearing talk of a high school football game, not a state championship, played in a Division I stadium with about 15 to 20 thousand in attendance, a prep writer’s ears have a tendency to perk up.

Going into the first preseason scrimmage of the year, Norman High football coach Greg Nation doesn't want to put pressure on himself or his players to sort out the wide-ranging competition for starting spots.