NORMAN — Norman North had big plays from a lot of players Thursday night against previously undefeated Edmond North.
In the middle of almost all of them, offensively, at least, was Peyton Gavras.
Gavras' monster night led to the Timberwolves' 49-27 win over the Huskies at Harve Collins Field.
“Peyton has gotten better week after week after week,” Norman North coach Wade Standley said. “He knows where to put it.”
Gavras threw for 379 yards and five touchdowns, with three coming from at least 30 yards.
“With our game plan coming in, we knew there were going to be times when we could go deep on them,” Gavras said. “It's hard to say you're going to do it that much, but it kept being there for us.”
Jake Higginbotham had a pair of touchdown catches and finished with five receptions for 176 yards.
Norman North (6-1 overall, 4-0 district) took control of District 6A-3 with the win. The Timberwolves are the only team in the district without a loss. Edmond North fell to 6-1 overall and 3-1 in district play.
“We're in great position now,” Gavras said. “But we can't let up. We've got to keep playing well next week against Putnam City North.”
The Timberwolves jumped on Edmond North early, with Gavras touchdown passes on each of their first two possessions.
Both drives were keyed by big catches by Higginbotham. He had a 48-yard reception on Norman North's first play that set up Payton Prince's first touchdown catch. Higginbotham added a 45-yard touchdown reception on the second play of the Timberwolves' second possession.
On a couple of occasions, Edmond North looked like it was creeping back in the game.
Each time, though, Norman North came up with a big play to regain control.
When Edmond North scored after a Norman North turnover late in the second quarter, Jordan Evans returned the kickoff 89 yards to give the Timberwolves the momentum going into halftime.
“That was pretty big,” Evans said. “The front guys blocked it perfectly and gave me great lanes.”
Evans, normally a linebacker, spent some time at quarterback in the Timberwolves' wildcat package.
Edmond North cut it to eight points, 35-27, midway through the fourth quarter before Gavras again came up big.
Corbin Cleveland ran back to what initially looked like an underthrown Gavras pass and took it 79 yards for a touchdown.
After Norman North's defense forced a turnover, the Timberwolves finished the job with yet another touchdown pass on fourth down with just more than a minute remaining.
Norman North also had big-time plays from D.J. Hicks (two interceptions) and Quan Hogan, a freshman running back.
Hogan has moved up the depth chart after injuries cut into the Timberwolves' running back corps. He took a Channing Meyer pitch five yards beyond the line of scrimmage and tiptoed along the sidelines for a 92-yard touchdown run.