“That was huge,” second-year coach Wade Standley said. “Anytime you get a kickoff or punt return, it's such a swing in momentum. It put us on the board first. We were playing great defense. It was a huge point in the game.”
Evans, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound senior, also anchored Norman North's defensive attack on Broken Arrow quarterback Coleman Key, who was intercepted once by Hicks and was under constant pressure.
“That dude's big,” Evans said of Key, who threw for 227 yards on 22 of 35 passing. “We saw on film that when he got rushed, he kind of got rattled a little bit. We knew if we got there, it would disrupt the whole offense.”
The Timberwolves struggled to run the ball, finishing with 16 yards, but quarterback Peyton Gavras threw for 268 on 22 of 38 passing, including a 33-yard touchdown to Corbin Cleveland. Channing Meyer had nine catches for 91 yards.
Norman North (11-1) will be the west's only representative in the Class 6A semifinals, with Tulsa Union and Jenks set to meet on the other side of the bracket. The games will be played at neutral sites to be determined this weekend by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association.
And the Timberwolves aren't ready to see their run end yet.
“This win means a lot, because no Norman North team has done this,” Evans said. “And we're on a mission. That's what it means.”