High school football: Goal-line stand, run game fire Norman past Southmoore
Tigers' defense comes up big in third quarter, stops Southmoore on third- and fourth-down plays from 1-yard line
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Norman threw three passes all game, but it piled up 377 rushing yards, 258 of which came in the first half. A'erion Hines rushed 12 times for 183 yards and four touchdowns, while Imond Robinson added 143 yards and a TD.
“Our offensive line did one heck of a job blocking,” Hines said. “Southmoore is a phenomenal team, so we knew we had to bring our A game. We know they can score anytime, so my objective was to just do what I can do.”
Hines said the defense's goal-line stand boosted the offense as well.
“It took us a long time to score in the second half, and that gave us new energy,” he said. “It gave us the energy to put another touchdown on the board.”
Nation told his team to enjoy Friday's victory, but many players had already begun thinking about the next big task at hand, sixth-ranked Edmond Santa Fe. The Wolves (6-1 overall, 4-0 district) visit Norman (6-1, 4-0) next Friday for a clash of District 6A-4's top-two teams.
“We've got to keep preparing hard for each game. Edmond Santa Fe will be another big game,” Parker said. “We feel real good after this one, a lot of momentum. But we've got to keep it going.”