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Norman North headed to Class 6A title game against Jenks

Norman North comes up big on offense and delivers late on defense to qualify for state championship game for the first time in school history.
by Ryan Aber Published: November 23, 2012
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/articleid/3731688/1/pictures/1892179">Photo - Norman North's Jake Higginbotham (12) hauls in a touchdown catch during 6A semifinal football between Owasso and Norman North at Union Tuttle Stadium on November 23, 2012.  JOEY JOHNSON/For the Tulsa World ORG XMIT: DTI1211232203119289
Norman North's Jake Higginbotham (12) hauls in a touchdown catch during 6A semifinal football between Owasso and Norman North at Union Tuttle Stadium on November 23, 2012. JOEY JOHNSON/For the Tulsa World ORG XMIT: DTI1211232203119289

On the Rams' next drive, Meyer batted down a fourth-down pass from the 11 to once again keep Norman North up by a touchdown.

“I was just playing my assignment and doing what the coaches told me to,” Meyer said of his last defensive play. “I wanted to step up when it looked like Johnny Football (Lowe) was going to take off, but I knew I had the guy behind me.”

Meyer was on the field for just three or four defensive plays.

“Our defense had a rough time at first with the deep ball, but they came up big at the right time,” Norman North receiver Jake Higginbotham said.

One possibly downside for Norman North could be the health of quarterback Peyton Gavras. He took a hard hit late in the game, was shaken up and did not return.

He threw for 395 yards and five touchdowns, including a pair to Higginbotham.

Higginbotham finished with 122 yards receiving. Corbin Cleveland added 129 yards and two scores receiving.

Norman North looked like it would cruise, building up a 21-0 and 28-7 lead in the second period before Owasso came back to take a 35-28 lead just more than three minutes into the second half.

The game was tied 42-42 late in the third, with Norman North finally taking the lead back just more than three minutes into the fourth on Higginbotham's 70-yard touchdown catch.

On the next drive, Meyer came up with the interception.

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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