LUTHER — Life is getting back to normal in a lot of ways around the town of Luther after wildfires ravaged the area last month, and Friday night's football game was a sign of that.
“We had a lot of people out at the game, so that got everyone together,” Luther quarterback Austin Weathers said. “Everything's kind of getting back to normal.”
But on the field Friday night, Steven Northerton was well above normal, scoring five touchdowns to lead the Lions to a 56-7 win over Wellston.
Northerton might only stand about 5-foot-7 and weigh 150 pounds, but he played big. One of the most dynamic players in Class 2A, Northerton had two rushing touchdowns, caught two TD passes from Weathers and returned an interception for a score to kick off the Lions' 2012 campaign in style.
“He's a little guy with a big attitude,” Weathers said. “Steven's a big threat. He's always able to get loose. He sees the field well, and it takes more than you think to bring him down.
“The offensive line gave him some big holes and he ran through them. He's got a clear mind and he plays fast.”
Northerton will be a big part of the Lions' pursuit of the postseason in a difficult district that includes a pair of top-10 teams in No. 2 Millwood, No. 8 Oklahoma Christian, as well as Christian Heritage and Dibble.
“He touched the ball 14 or 15 times and had over 200 all-purpose yards,” coach Shawn Meek said. “He's a special kid who does a lot for us, and we have to find a way to get him the ball.”
After opening at home, Luther will be on the road the next three weeks at Hinton, Cashion and Dibble, the latter to open district play. So starting with a confidence-building win at home was valuable.
“Starting the season 1-0 is a big deal,” Meek said. “I always tell the kids, you don't knock a win. There are always areas where you can get better, but confidence and momentum are huge.”