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High school football: Peyton Gavras throws for five touchdowns as Norman North romps

Jake Higginbotham catches two TD passes, finishes with five receptions for 176 yards during rout of Edmond North
by Ryan Aber Published: October 11, 2012

NORMAN — Norman North had big plays from a lot of players Thursday night against previously undefeated Edmond North.

In the middle of almost all of them, offensively, at least, was Peyton Gavras.

Gavras' monster night led to the Timberwolves' 49-27 win over the Huskies at Harve Collins Field.

“Peyton has gotten better week after week after week,” Norman North coach Wade Standley said. “He knows where to put it.”

Gavras threw for 379 yards and five touchdowns, with three coming from at least 30 yards.

“With our game plan coming in, we knew there were going to be times when we could go deep on them,” Gavras said. “It's hard to say you're going to do it that much, but it kept being there for us.”

Jake Higginbotham had a pair of touchdown catches and finished with five receptions for 176 yards.

Norman North (6-1 overall, 4-0 district) took control of District 6A-3 with the win. The Timberwolves are the only team in the district without a loss. Edmond North fell to 6-1 overall and 3-1 in district play.

“We're in great position now,” Gavras said. “But we can't let up. We've got to keep playing well next week against Putnam City North.”

The Timberwolves jumped on Edmond North early, with Gavras touchdown passes on each of their first two possessions.

Both drives were keyed by big catches by Higginbotham. He had a 48-yard reception on Norman North's first play that set up Payton Prince's first touchdown catch. Higginbotham added a 45-yard touchdown reception on the second play of the Timberwolves' second possession.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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