LAWTON — As much as anyone, Tevin Foster's mother could be thanked for Lawton's 35-7 over Norman North on Saturday at Cameron Stadium.
A year ago, Foster wasn't playing football, having given up the sport to focus on basketball.
But after the Wolverines basketball team started to struggle a bit, mom decided it was time for her son to get a backup plan.
“She tole me one of the biggest mistakes my dad made was not leaving his options open,” Foster said. “She's the reason I'm playing football.”
Foster had six catches for 140 yards and a touchdown, as Lawton (9-2) advanced to the second round of the playoffs.
The Wolverines will travel to Broken Arrow at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Norman North, which was 1-9 a season ago, ends its season 6-5.
All of Foster's receptions were between 17 and 29 yards. His biggest came late in the second quarter when he hauled in a 29-yard touchdown catch that put the Wolverines up 21-7.
“He did a phenomenal job,” Lawton defensive end Patrick Diaz said. “I knew he was a good player, but after tonight, I have no doubt football is his sport.
“He's a football player now.”
Like much of Lawton's offense this season, though, Foster's touchdown was set up by its excellent defensive front, especially ends Diaz and D.J. Ward.
Their disruption helped cause a Norman North fumble, which Ward recovered. Three plays later, Foster was in the end zone and Norman North never again threatened the lead.
Norman North struggled to get any traction on the ground, rushing for just 79 yards on 25 carries.
“We got a lot of pressure on them,” Diaz said. “Anytime you can make a team just do one thing, it's good. We were able to do some different things with our coverages because they couldn't run the ball.”
Timberwolves running back Bryan Payne had 25 yards rushing on just five carries before leaving with a leg injury late in the first half. Payne was hurt on a kick return and Norman's coaches were called for a personal foul arguing that the play should've been penalized.
Lawton has had its share of running back issues this season since workhorse Ivan Thomas was lost for the season. The Wolverines had eight players carry the ball in the win, led by Curtez Zachary's 98 yards.
The Wolverines beat Broken Arrow 35-21 in the second round a year ago.
“We want to go up there and prove that we can beat them at their place,” Diaz said.