NORMAN — With Norman North, one never knows which quarterback it will be that will lift the Timberwolves. Both Peyton Gavras and Channing Meyer did so on Friday night.
Gavras threw three touchdown passes, and Meyer added another as the Timberwolves, ranked No. 10 in Class 6A, pulled away in the final 20 minutes for a 41-14 win over Del City at Harve Collins Field.
After a lightning delay of 71 minutes, Del City (0-2) rallied from a 14-0 deficit to tie the game, but Norman North (2-0) answered with touchdowns on its next two possessions to effectively salt away the win.
Meyer's 7-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Sipe put the Timberwolves up 21-14, and Gavras followed with a 44-yard scoring strike to Jake Higginbotham. North recovered a Del City fumble at the Eagles' 9 and scored early in the fourth quarter on a 3-yard run by Erwin Frazier. Bryan Payne's 53-yard catch-and-run with 7:32 left ended all doubt.
Gavras completed 12-of-21 passes for 239 yards. Payne caught two of Gavras' touchdown passes and also scored on a 3-yard run.
Del City quarterback Jon McBride went 12-of-28 passing for 172 yards and a touchdown and rushed 21 times for 50 yards and another score.
Norman North scored on its opening drive, but it lost senior lineman Josh Been to an apparent leg injury along the way. Been had to be carted off the field, and on the next snap, Gavras threw a swing pass to Payne, who scored from 22 yards out. Redford Jones' extra-point kick put the Timberwolves up 7-0.
Del City stopped the Timberwolves on fourth-and-goal from the 1 in the final seconds of the first quarter, but the Eagles went three-and-out and a short punt set up Norman North at the Del City 13. Payne scored on a 3-yard run with 10:28 left to make it 14-0.
After the ensuing kickoff, officials sent both teams back to their locker rooms because of lightning in the area. On the third play after the delay, McBride found a wide-open Will Trotter, who easily sprinted into the end zone to make it 14-7.
The rest of the quarter featured a comedy of kicking-game errors. North's Justin Martin blocked a Del City punt, but the Timberwolves went three-and-out and had a bad snap on their punt attempt, giving Del City the ball at the Norman North 15.
The Eagles had first-and-goal at the 5, but a third-down snap went over McBride's head and the Timberwolves blocked a 32-yard field-goal attempt by Cayne Shaw.
Del City tied the game on McBride's 1-yard touchdown run with 8:19 left in the third quarter, capping a 59-yard drive.