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.”