High school football: Norman North defense comes up big in victory over Southmoore

Timberwolves stop Southmoore's last four drives on downs to preserve a 21-6 win on Harve Collins Field
by Jason Kersey Published: November 9, 2012
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Southmoore and Norman North exchanged interceptions the game's next two offensive series; SaberCats senior Johnathan Martin returned his pick to the Timberwolves' 2-yard line, setting up a Jackson Stallings touchdown run on the next play.

Evans took the ensuing kickoff, though, and stole the momentum right back from Southmoore; North senior Bryan Payne cleared Evans' path the whole way, laying a huge block near the end of the 84-yard touchdown return.

“That little dude B.P., he's got the greatest vision I've ever seen,” Evans said of the 5-foot-5, 150-pound Payne.

“When he sees a hole, I just follow him the whole way. That's all I did.”

Evans, one of four Norman North players to take snaps at quarterback, led the Timberwolves with 81 yards on 12 carries.

Last season, North qualified for its first postseason since reaching the 2008 quarterfinals. Friday's victory represented program's first playoff win since that year.

“We've got to keep it rolling through the playoffs,” Uhles said. “I looked up to those guys before us that had good seasons, and we had a little drop-off, but to be the group that brings it back is pretty special.”

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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