NORMAN — Norman North players readily admitted that Friday night's 24-16 win over Broken Arrow in the Class 6A football quarterfinals was a monumental victory.
But each admission was followed by the same general thought.
“On to the next one,” defensive back D.J. Hicks said.
“Time to prepare for Owasso, get ready to beat them and keep it rolling,” said linebacker Jaxon Uhles.
Norman North players frantically celebrated their historic victory on Harve Collins Field Friday night, putting the Timberwolves in the state semifinals for the first time ever. But minds were clearly turning toward next week's semifinal matchup with Owasso shortly after the final horn.
“I can speak for all the seniors, and we don't want it to end,” linebacker Jordan Evans said. “We want to reach the most potential that our team can reach. A lot of us are pretty emotional right now, because we've accomplished things that no one thought we were gonna accomplish.
“It's a very special moment right now. We're just gonna try to live in it and keep going.”
A Week 3 loss to Westmoore is the only blemish on Norman North's record, quite a turnaround from a team that was 2-8 in 2010.
“I've got to give credit to these players,” second-year coach Wade Standley said. “We've got an incredible group of seniors. All these guys, they made plays all night, offensively, defensively, and our special teams were great again.”
Evans landed the first big blow for Norman North, returning a punt 90 yards for a first-quarter touchdown.