NORMAN — With time winding down and his team driving into Midwest City territory and the game tied at 42, Norman North kicker Jake Edzards knew it might all come down to his right foot.
But still, teammates wanted to remind him.
“Guys were like, ‘Hey, maybe a game-winning field goal?' I'm like, I know, stay away!” Edzards said with a laugh.
It's a lot easier to laugh after booting a 43-yard field goal, like Edzards did as time expired in a 45-42 win over Midwest City at Harve Collins Field on Friday night.
The kick concluded one of the wildest games of the season through four weeks, and gives Norman North a 1-0 start in District 6A-3 play.
With the snap from Trey Wormington and the hold of Zac Musgrove, Edzards knocked it through from 43 yards off the right hash marks — though it probably wouldn't have made it from 44.
“Inches. It was too tight,” Edzards said when asked how far the kick cleared the goal post by. “I had made it from 47 in pregame on the same end, so I was feeling pretty good from anywhere inside there.”
Coach Wade Standley was hoping his offense could get a couple of yards closer, maybe giving Edzards an attempt from inside 40 yards.
“We took what we could get,” Standley said. “But I remember many nights during the offseason when I was going home at 6 o'clock, and Jake was out there kicking field goals. And that's why he made it — his dedication and his commitment.”
Edzards' kick was just the last in a game full of big plays.
Midwest City tied the game in the final minute with a 31-yard pass from Brendan Brown to Aaron McKinney, followed by a two-point conversion when Cedric Fair scrambled away from pressure and threw the ball up for grabs in the end zone. Tight end Connor Kinsey pulled it down to tie the game at 42.