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High school football: Norman North closes in on district title, whips PC North

Timberwolves score on four of first-six possessions. The defense limits PC North to 70 yards rushing.
By Murray Evans, For The Oklahoman Modified: October 19, 2012 at 10:48 pm •  Published: October 19, 2012
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Make that two big wins in as many weeks for Norman North, which in all likelihood will mean a Class 6A district championship for the Timberwolves.


A week after dispatching Edmond North, No. 6-ranked Norman North rolled to a surprisingly easy 34-7 win over Putnam City North on Friday night at Putnam City Stadium. If the Timberwolves take care of business as expected against Moore and Lawton Eisenhower in their final two games, they'll enter the postseason as the District 6A-3 champion.

“We're getting better each week, and that's what we've got to continue to do,” Norman North coach Wade Standley said. “We had a great week of practice, and we have a mature group of guys who understand what the goal is. This time of year, it's almost like a playoff game every week to begin with. You've got to be ready week in and week out in this kind of district and our guys were.”

Norman North (7-1 overall, 5-0 district) allowed the Panthers to rush for just 70 yards — sacking quarterback John Robert Simon six times — and gave up only one big play.

Norman North quarterback Peyton Gavras was coolly efficient, completing 24-of-36 passes for 258 yards and three touchdowns and spreading the football among seven different receivers, including Jake Higginbotham, who had five catches for 86 yards.

From the Wildcat formation, Jaxon Uhles — usually a linebacker for the Timberwolves — did his best Blake Bell impression, taking direct snaps and scoring on runs of 1 yard and 3 yards. Scatback Bryan Payne led Norman North in rushing with eight carries for 69 yards.

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