Norman North's Gavras doing better
Late in Norman North's 49-42 win over Owasso on Friday, Timberwolves quarterback Peyton Gavras took a hard hit that left him woozy following the game.
Saturday morning, Norman North coach Wade Standley said Gavras was doing much better.
“He was in this morning and I think he's going to be OK,” Standley said.
Norman North will play Jenks for the Class 6A title at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater.
Having Gavras, who missed time last season after a concussion, healthy and playing would be critical for Norman North's chances.
In Friday's game, Gavras threw for 395 yards and five touchdowns.
DAVIS DEFENSE COMES UP BIG
Second-ranked Davis stopped a two-point conversion with 25 seconds left Friday night to defeat Adair, 34-33, and set up a showdown in the Class 2A semifinals with top-ranked Vian.
Running back Deaundre' Carr rushed for 191 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries for the Wolves.
“He kicked and punted extremely well for us too,” Davis coach Jody Weber said. “He is definitely a weapon. He is really good once he gets into the open field.”
Davis will meet Vian at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Midwest City in a battle of unbeatens in the Class 2A semifinals
“They look like a small-college football team,” Weber said of Vian. “They are definitely as advertised.”
Weber hopes Davis' wishbone offense can cause some fits for the Wolverines so the Wolves can keep the chains moving.
“Hopefully, we can shorten the game a little bit,” Weber said. “They put up so many points, if we can shorten the game a little bit and take care of the football and play a little better defense, we feel like we got just as good a chance to win the game as they do.”
Davis has won four state championships, the last coming in 1995. The Wolves have been state runner-up five times, the last time in 2010.
FREDERICK WINS WITHOUT QB
Even without its starting quarterback, Frederick dominated Friday's Class 2A quarterfinal against Commerce.
The Bombers are without senior Trevor Flores for the rest of the season after he suffered a subdural hematoma in the Bombers' 49-13 win against Alva in the second round.
But senior Blake Cotten didn't miss a beat in the air-raid offense during the 42-0 victory to move to the semifinals Friday against OCS.
“He's not too wet behind the ears, but he knows what he's doing,” Frederick coach Hugh Farmer said. “We've always said that we're very fortunate to have a really good backup and he came in and proved it.”
Flores will recover from the injury, Farmer said
Cotten completed 16 of 23 passes for 331 yards and five touchdowns. His lone blemish was an interception.
Farmer said Cotten provides more mobility than Flores, but Friday's win should boost his confidence moving forward.
“We missed (Flores) last night in areas, I'm not going to lie about that,” he said. “But I thought the kids rallied and played their tails off and made up for that. I think we're OK.”
STATE RUNNERS QUALIFY FOR NATIONALS
Two Oklahoma high school champions qualified Saturday for the Foot Locker National Cross Country Championships by finishing in the top 10 at the South Regionals in Charlotte, N.C.
Alex Davis of Plainview, the 3A girls state champion, finished fourth in the 5,000-meter race with a time of 17:11. She finished six seconds behind the winner, Sophie Chase of Burke, Va.
Noah Gade of Stillwater, the 6A boys state champion, placed eighth with a time of 15:03.Sean McGorty of Fairfax, Va., won the race with a time of 14:28.
The top 10 runners in both the boys and girls regional races advance to the national championships Dec. 8 in San Diego, where they will compete against the top runners from the West and Midwest Regionals.
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