“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.”