TULSA — When Channing Meyer moved back to Norman from Japan during his freshman year, he had a premonition.
“I just, for some reason, thought we were going to win a state championship against Jenks,” Meyer said. “I don't know where that came from, I didn't even really know who the good teams were.”
Meyer and Norman North still have one step to go to fully achieve that vision. The Timberwolves advanced to the Class 6A championship game with a 49-42 semifinal win over Owasso at Union-Tuttle Stadium on Friday.
Norman North (12-1) advances to next Friday night's title game against Jenks at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater.
Jenks beat No. 1-ranked Tulsa Union, which had won four consecutive 6A titles, in the other semifinal.
The Timberwolves will try to become the first West-side team to win 6A since 1995.
“I'm speechless right now,” Timberwolves linebacker Jordan Evans said. “We're going to state. Norman North is going to state. I don't know what else to say about it.”
Evans sacked Owasso quarterback Jaylen Lowe on the game's final play to seal the Timberwolves' first championship-game appearance.
Meyer came up with two big plays to help move his vision closer to fruition.
The teams combined to score 77 points in the second and third quarters, and Owasso had the ball inside the Norman North 40 on fourth down when the Timberwolves sent Meyer out on defense.
Meyer picked off Lowe's pass inside the 5 — a play Meyer would have been better served batting down but most importantly he kept the receiver from making a play.