High school football: Norman outlasts Norman North

Tigers sack Alabama commit David Cornwell nine times during 38-31 victory on Owen Field
by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: September 6, 2013

“I tell them every night, ‘Who's going to provide that spark to turn this game into ours?'” Norman coach Greg Nation said. “That's what happened.”

Cornwell's night was full of dropped passes, slams into the turf and passes thrown too far. He did throw a 30-yard touchdown pass to tight end Payton Prince and a 68-yarder to Z'Quan Hogan.

While Parker and Co. flustered Cornwell's offensive line, the Tigers' offensive front keyed a good rushing attack. Norman quarterback Jakcob Dean ran 21 times for 63 yards. Running back Darius Manning scored three touchdowns in the second half, including a 72-yard sweep down the right sideline.

“We knew ever since his freshman year he would be a star,” Dean said. “We always knew, but nobody else really knew because he didn't play last year. Tonight, he exploded. That's exactly what we expected.”

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by Stephanie Kuzydym
Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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