NORMAN — Looking over Norman North's roster, 6-foot-3, 210-pound linebacker Jordan Evans is probably not the guy you'd pick when you desperately need a long, weaving kickoff return.
But when he scooped up a line-drive kickoff at his own 10-yard line, Evans fell in behind his blockers moving left, cut back across the field at the perfect time, and was finally brought down at Norman High's 19-yard line.
For a guy who will make a ton of big plays at linebacker this season, it will be hard to top the kickoff return that set up the Timberwolves' game-winning touchdown in a thrilling 30-20 victory in the Crosstown Clash on Thursday at Gaylord Family—Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.
“The guys that block for me made the crease,” Evans said. “All I did was run with the ball, and run as fast as I can.”
Of course, the kickoff return was only the setup. Quarterback Channing Meyer, who split time with Peyton Gavras all night long, finished the job with a 19-yard touchdown run one play later. That put Norman North ahead 24-20 just 30 seconds after Norman had retaken the lead on Zach Long's fourth-down TD pass to Jakcob Dean.
And if the final 90 seconds hadn't been wild enough, Norman North's Beau Proctor capped it with a 60-yard interception return as time expired. Near midfield, Norman tried to set up a trick play on the final snap, but Proctor undercut the throw and headed to the end zone to meet his teammates for a celebration under the goal post.
Norman North's two-quarterback system produced mixed results at times, but both QBs showed why they deserved to play, too.
Each threw a touchdown pass, and Meyer had the big run to cap the win. Together, they were 14 of 31 passing for 179 yards, and Meyer rushed eight times for 30 yards.
“I'm a competitor. I always want the ball in my hands,” said Meyer, who plays receiver when he's not at quarterback. “Whether they throw it to me, or I'm at quarterback, I want the ball. I want a handoff. I want to play defense sometimes. I just want to be out there.”
The win ended a two-game Crosstown Clash losing streak for the Timberwolves and has an energized squad looking forward to upping the win total from last year's 6-5 mark.
“This is an important win, because it gives us some confidence, has us feeling good,” Evans said. “We're just looking for Week Two against Del City now.”