High school football: Northwest Classen wins, improves to 3-1

Knights roll up 497 total yards against Western Heights. Northwest is off to its best start to a season since 1971.
by Scott Wright Published: September 20, 2012
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photo - Northwest Classen's Lorenzo Alexander scores a touchdown past Western Heights' Davonte Drennan during a high school football game at Taft Stadium in Oklahoma City, Thursday, September 20, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Northwest Classen's Lorenzo Alexander scores a touchdown past Western Heights' Davonte Drennan during a high school football game at Taft Stadium in Oklahoma City, Thursday, September 20, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Northwest Classen running back Lorenzo Alexander walked off the field with only a hint of celebration in his face following a 56-27 district football win over Western Heights on Thursday night at Taft Stadium.

As he spoke, the frustration showed through even more.

“I'm happy that we're 1-0 in district,” he said. “But we can't play like that for the rest of the season or we're not gonna do good at all.”

The Knights have won three games in the first four weeks of the football season, their best start since opening 4-1 in 1971. They've already matched their win total of a year ago, which was considered a successful season on many counts.

But Alexander's words reflect the mood of a team no longer satisfied with simply winning a few games a year.

Northwest Classen piled up 497 total yards on just 43 offensive snaps. Alexander had 125 yards and four touchdowns rushing, while Fre'Darian Ashley had 106 yards and Corbin Richardson had 93, each with a touchdown.

But the joy was marred by sloppy play in the first half, primarily on defense, when Western Heights accounted for 264 yards and all 27 of its points.

It could have been worse, but the defense came up with a pair of red zone takeaways — one inside the 1-yard line — to ignite a turnaround.

“The kids started picking up the intensity after that,” Northwest coach Lloyd Smith said. “When we try to play passive and shadow people, we're not going to play well. The second half, our kids came out and played physical and got after it. The game shifted immediately.

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by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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