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High school football: Norman North reaches 6A semifinals, trims Broken Arrow

Timberwolves have gone further than any team in Norman North history. Owasso blocks road to state championship game.
by Scott Wright Published: November 16, 2012
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photo - Norman North's Jordan Evans eludes two Broken Arrow players and then the rest of the team as he returns a punt for a touchdown in class 6A football on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 in Norman, Okla.  Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Norman North's Jordan Evans eludes two Broken Arrow players and then the rest of the team as he returns a punt for a touchdown in class 6A football on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

NORMAN — Norman North players readily admitted that Friday night's 24-16 win over Broken Arrow in the Class 6A football quarterfinals was a monumental victory.

But each admission was followed by the same general thought.

“On to the next one,” defensive back D.J. Hicks said.

“Time to prepare for Owasso, get ready to beat them and keep it rolling,” said linebacker Jaxon Uhles.

Norman North players frantically celebrated their historic victory on Harve Collins Field Friday night, putting the Timberwolves in the state semifinals for the first time ever. But minds were clearly turning toward next week's semifinal matchup with Owasso shortly after the final horn.

“I can speak for all the seniors, and we don't want it to end,” linebacker Jordan Evans said. “We want to reach the most potential that our team can reach. A lot of us are pretty emotional right now, because we've accomplished things that no one thought we were gonna accomplish.

“It's a very special moment right now. We're just gonna try to live in it and keep going.”

A Week 3 loss to Westmoore is the only blemish on Norman North's record, quite a turnaround from a team that was 2-8 in 2010.

“I've got to give credit to these players,” second-year coach Wade Standley said. “We've got an incredible group of seniors. All these guys, they made plays all night, offensively, defensively, and our special teams were great again.”

Evans landed the first big blow for Norman North, returning a punt 90 yards for a first-quarter touchdown.

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by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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