Coming out of halftime down 41-7 to one of Class 6A's football giants, little was expected of Norman North in the final 24 minutes.
But the Timberwolves showed they weren't finished fighting against Jenks, reeling off a few big pass plays to score two quick touchdowns and cut the lead to 41-20.
But Jenks retook control on its way to a 55-20 state championship victory Friday night at Boone Pickens Stadium.
“Our guys continued to fight,” Norman North coach Wade Standley said. “At halftime, we just said we've got to go win one play at a time and I felt like we did that. I'm proud of that.”
Norman North quarterback Peyton Gavras threw touchdown passes to Jake Higginbotham and Payton Prince, and the defense forced a pair of Jenks punts before the Trojans ultimately regained control of the game.
DIRECTV DROPS 6A BROADCAST
Many DirecTV subscribers were unhappy to find that the 6A title game was not being carried by the provider Friday night, as previously advertised by Fox Sports.
Fox released a statement during the second half of the game, relaying information from DirecTV, which cited a “bandwidth issue” as the reason the broadcast was dropped.
“DirecTV informed us yesterday (Thursday) they wouldn't be able to carry Friday's game due to bandwidth issues,” the Fox statement said. “We regret their decision to drop the telecast and the inconvenience it caused their customers to miss the game. DirecTV has assured us they will carry Saturday's OSSAA championship games on channel 680.”
The 4A and 5A games will air at 12:30 and 7:30 p.m., respectively, on the following Fox Sports Oklahoma Plus channels as well: AT&T U-verse 757 (1757 HD); Cox Communications-Oklahoma City/Tulsa 68 (715 HD); DirecTV 680 (680-1 HD); Dish TBA; Fidelity Cablevision-Lawton 33; Pioneer Digital TV 113; Suddenlink-Stillwater/Cushing/Drumright 75; Suddenlink-Enid 73; Suddenlink-Muskogee 33; Suddenlink-Pauls Valley 2; Suddenlink-Perry 53; Suddenlink-Seminole 29; Tahlequah Cable TV 55
EVANS' TD STREAK ENDS
Norman North senior and recent Oklahoma commit Jordan Evans had been a big-play spark for the Timberwolves lately, recording a special-teams return touchdown in each of the three previous games in the playoffs.
But the streak ended Friday night. Evans was back on kickoff and punt returns, but was rarely kicked to.
Among his three returns, one was killed because a teammate called for a fair catch, and he was unable to cleanly field another bouncing kickoff.
The Jenks student body clearly understands how to celebrate the pursuit for a gold ball.
The majority of the student section was clothed some sort of gold clothing. The cheer squads had gold pom-pons and painted their shoes gold. And a few fans chose gold body paint to show their support. Another wore a gold football helmet with red JENKS letters on the sides.
Win-Win champs honored
Heisman Trophy winners Steve Owens, Billy Sims and Jason White were on hand at halftime to present trophies to the winners of the OSSAA's annual Win-Win Week.
Southmoore (6A), Del City (5A), Tecumseh (4A), Lexington and Purcell (3A), Mounds (2A), Canton (A) and Boise City (B) were named state champions.
The schools were among the 60 in the state that participated in the annual program, which encourages schools to raise cancer awareness and funds for the Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma. The schools statewide combined to raise nearly $84,000.
BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND RYAN ABER