NORMAN — A muffed punt with 1:25 left in the game was the deciding factor in Norman's 26-21 district football victory over Lawton on Friday night at Harve Collins Field.
Norman seemed to have the game in hand, but the Tigers failed to pick up a first down and sent in its punt team. Lawton figured it would get one more crack at the Tigers' defense, but Tevin Foster, a wide receiver for Lawton, let the ball fall through his hands.
Norman recovered the fumble and ran out the rest of the clock.
“Yeah I got a little nervous,” Norman coach Greg Nation said. “They (Lawton defense) did what they had to do and then the ball went through the kid's hands and we were fortunate enough to get on it.”
Foster lay on the field for several moments in disbelief while Norman players celebrated.
Norman will host Yukon in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs next Thursday. Lawton, which could have made the postseason with a win, was eliminated. The Wolverines were ranked No. 1 at one point this season. Edmond Memorial, once 0-5, rallied late in the season and bumped Lawton out of the district's fourth and final spot.