NORMAN — Cade Parker's performance on Thursday night was the sort of thing the Norman High defensive end grew up dreaming about.
The senior recorded five sacks in the Tigers' 38-31 win over rival Norman North to earn The Oklahoman's High School Player of the Week honors.
“It was incredible,” Parker said. “You grow up going to that game, seeing guys that are where I am now and wanting to be those guys. It was amazing.”
Going into Thursday's game at Owen Field, the senior was confident he and his teammates would dominate an inexperienced Timberwolves' offensive line and get to highly touted quarterback David Cornwell.
The Tigers' defense did just that, sacking Cornwell 11 times.
“Our whole (defensive) line could not wait to get out there and go play (Cornwell),” Parker said. “Continually hearing about how good he is just motivated us. We weren't mad, we didn't care. You can have whatever you want on paper, but it comes down to who puts the work in and shows up to play that night.”
The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Parker dismissed the notion that the Tigers felt like the underdogs against last season's Class 6A state runner-up.
“It wasn't an upset to us,” Parker said. “People may consider it that, but we knew what we were going to do. We didn't talk trash, we didn't gloat, or do any of that stuff. We just let our play speak for itself. We worked hard enough to make sure we would be the victors walking out of Owen Field.”