NORMAN — With time winding down and his team driving into Midwest City territory and the game tied at 42, Norman North kicker Jake Edzards knew it might all come down to his right foot.
But still, teammates wanted to remind him.
“Guys were like, ‘Hey, maybe a game-winning field goal?' I'm like, I know, stay away!” Edzards said with a laugh.
It's a lot easier to laugh after booting a 43-yard field goal, like Edzards did as time expired in a 45-42 win over Midwest City at Harve Collins Field on Friday night.
The kick concluded one of the wildest games of the season through four weeks, and gives Norman North a 1-0 start in District 6A-3 play.
With the snap from Trey Wormington and the hold of Zac Musgrove, Edzards knocked it through from 43 yards off the right hash marks — though it probably wouldn't have made it from 44.
“Inches. It was too tight,” Edzards said when asked how far the kick cleared the goal post by. “I had made it from 47 in pregame on the same end, so I was feeling pretty good from anywhere inside there.”
Coach Wade Standley was hoping his offense could get a couple of yards closer, maybe giving Edzards an attempt from inside 40 yards.
“We took what we could get,” Standley said. “But I remember many nights during the offseason when I was going home at 6 o'clock, and Jake was out there kicking field goals. And that's why he made it — his dedication and his commitment.”
Edzards' kick was just the last in a game full of big plays.
Midwest City tied the game in the final minute with a 31-yard pass from Brendan Brown to Aaron McKinney, followed by a two-point conversion when Cedric Fair scrambled away from pressure and threw the ball up for grabs in the end zone. Tight end Connor Kinsey pulled it down to tie the game at 42.
Norman North's Quan Hogan, who already had two rushing touchdowns on the night, returned the kickoff to the Midwest City 37. Quarterback David Cornwell threw for 352 yards and four touchdowns, but set up the game-winning kick with his feet, scrambling for a 14-yard gain and getting out of bounds with 2 seconds on the clock.
“We had a deep route to the left, and those guys covered it well,” Cornwell said. “I started scrambling. I had to get out of bounds, so I went to the right. I got out and turned around, just hoping it didn't say double-zero on the clock. Once Jake got out there, I knew he was gonna hit it.”
Hogan had 13 receptions for 96 yards and 17 carries for 90. Cornwell was 39-of-51 through the air with one interception.
Midwest City had its most promising offensive performance of the night, though the run game was held in check. The Bombers rushed for just 26 yards, thanks to five sacks by Norman North. But Brown, a sophomore, was 26-of-42 for 292 yards and three touchdowns.
The defense added one touchdown when Will Sunderland returned his interception of Cornwell nearly to the goal line, where he fumbled and it was picked up by Bryan Hartfield. And Demeco Wright added a 78-yard punt return, his second return TD in two weeks.
Norman North overcame 143 penalty yards, but will gladly take its 1-0 district record into action next week at Yukon.
“Every win seems like it's like this with this team. I love it. I'm glad we didn't go to overtime, because Midwest City was playing great,” Cornwell said. “But we're 1-0 in district and we want to defend our title. We've got to go to Yukon next week. We can enjoy this tonight, but we've got to get back to work.”