High school football: Thursday night scrimmage notebook

Norman North comes back to beat Edmond Santa Fe, scores TD with 45 seconds remaining
by Ed Godfrey and Ryan Aber and Scott Wright Published: August 16, 2012

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.”


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 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.”


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.

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by Ed Godfrey
Reporter Sr.
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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by Ryan Aber
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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by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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