“Ever since David moved in, everyone kept telling me, ‘you're gonna have your chance. You always need to be ready,'” Kolar said. “They put me at receiver, but I was always getting ready to play quarterback every week. My time came tonight, and I just did it to the best of my ability.”
Kolar threw for 162 yards and a touchdown, all in the second half, and Basquine had seven receptions for 153 yards for the game. He scored on a 14-yard pass from Kolar and had a 39-yard touchdown rush in the first half.
Tight end Payton Prince had three rushing touchdowns out of the Timberwolves' direct-snap power package, all from 3 yards or less.
Yukon appeared to have seized control of the game, scoring 21 straight points to open the third quarter. But the Norman North defense, which hadn't stopped much of anything in falling behind 42-28, stiffened in the fourth quarter.
After cutting Yukon's lead to 42-35 with 5:26 to play, the Timberwolves recovered an onside kick that the Millers didn't appear ready for.
Using nearly four minutes of clock, Kolar led Norman North down the field to set up Prince for the tying TD run.
The Timberwolves' defense held, forcing Yukon's first punt of the game with :43 left. Kolar hit Basquine for 42 yards to the Yukon 12 and ran two more plays before Edzards' winning kick.
“John came in in a clutch situation, and was able to make good decisions and command the offense,” Standley said. “That's a tough situation to come into against a good football team. He made plays all night.
“And what a tremendous job by Jake Edzards and the whole team. They hung in there. We had two things we talked about before the game — I will not be afraid, and I will do my job. And they did it.”