Norman North comes back to beat Edmond Santa Fe
Norman North kept getting extra chances and finally took advantage, breaking through with a 45-yard touchdown pass from Peyton Gavras to Jake Higginbotham with 45 seconds left to beat Edmond Santa Fe 17-13 on Thursday at Moore Stadium.
“It was a designed out and something that we like to go to a bit,” Higginbotham said. “Peyton was lights out all night, and we got great protection up front.”
Gavras, in a competition with fellow senior Channing Meyer for the quarterback spot, started rotating in at the position but was the QB for the final few drives as Norman North needed to move down the field quickly.
“That's not what I was thinking about going in,” Gavras said of the battle for the spot. “I just want to help this team win. But obviously looking back on it, I feel like I did a pretty good job.”
SANTA FE HOPES TO LEARN FROM LOSS
Edmond Santa Fe coach Lance Manning tried to look on the bright side after Norman North came back to beat the Wolves with the help of a couple of late turnovers and some penalties.
“It is what it is,” Manning said. “It's a half of football. If we would've quit after a half last year, we wouldn't have lost a whole lot more games than we did.”
But Manning was clearly disappointed with the overall effort.
“I didn't like the way we responded,” he said. “We're talented, but we've got to execute better.”
WESTMOORE SHAKES OFF THE RUST
Westmoore coach Billy Langford said he saw about what he expected from his team as it scrimmaged for the first time.
“We had a couple of silly penalties and dropped a few balls,” Langford said. “We were kind of nervous and jittery, but that's the way it is in first scrimmages.
“Just to go do it and get work against someone else is going to help us.”
Langford was particularly impressed with a two-minute drill touchdown to end the first period.
“We're always trying to be up-tempo with our offense, but it's still nice to get something like that done,” Langford said. “We know we can do it now at least.”
SIMON CONTROLLING OFFENSE FOR PC NORTH
John Robert Simon has felt more comfortable in his second season as quarterback, and he managed the Putnam City North offense well against a tough Lawton defense.
A lot will be on Simon's shoulders this season, though he has some experienced receivers and running backs around him.