By Robert Przybylo
North (8-2) vs. Lawton (8-2)
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, 6A first-round matchup
Where: Cameron Stadium, Lawton (I’ll be there)
What a difference a week makes for Edmond North. Coming off an emotionally draining 10-0 loss to rival Memorial, the Huskies played their most complete game of the season in a 43-0 win against Westmoore.
Most of the offensive success can be attributed to a resurgence in the running game, something coach Jeremy Dombek gave right guard Tyler Goodrich a lot of the credit.
“That was the first time he was able to play in a month. He allows us to do a lot of things that we haven’t been able to do.” – Dombek
Dombek didn’t say the team is 100 percent healthy, but it’s getting there. North is about as good as it’s been since Week 5 or 6.
Quarterback Travis Townsend, though he threw a pick, was as comfortable as he’s been, Dombek said.
Townsend isn’t exactly fully healthy, but he’s a lot closer than senior running back Qua’Don Henderson.
I was at practice Monday and Henderson is definitely gutting it out right now.
Also had a chance to catch up with senior Xavier Smith, leader of that stout defense. North has technically allowed 16 points in its last three games. But the defense has only given up nine since the 42-point outing at Midwest City.
“We’ve just been pushed hard, and we have a lot of pride. We know what we can do and want to show the rest of the state.” – Smith
North is going to make its second trip to Cameron Stadium this season. The Huskies defeated Lawton Eisenhower earlier this season