Broken Arrow Defeats Norman North in Nail-biter

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The Broken Arrow Tigers started off the playoffs with a bang as they defeated Norman North Timberwolves 31-28 in a nail-biter Friday at Tiger Field.

In a back and forth game of tug-of-war, the match-up came down to the last possession. With 30 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Norman North had Broken Arrow facing 4th-and-2, but a false start penalty against the Timberwolves sealed the win for Broken Arrow.

Broken Arrow players celebrate their playoff win during a Class 6A-I quarterfinal playoff game between Norman North and Broken Arrow at Tiger Stadium in Broken Arrow, OK. Photo by Rip Stell/Defining Moment

Class 6A-1 No. 5 Norman North (7-4 overall, 5-2 in district 2) is now 0-2 this season against Broken Arrow (7-4, 5-1) – having also lost to the Tigers 30-24 back in week 7.

Tigers running back Noah Cortés, who was named Player of the Game, rushed for 307 yards and scored two touchdowns in the win.

Broken Arrow’s Noah Cortés runs for a first down during a Class 6A-I quarterfinal playoff game between Norman North and Broken Arrow at Tiger Stadium in Broken Arrow, OK. Photo by Rip Stell/Defining Moment

For Broken Arrow head coach David Alexander, he was proud of how his players fought to win and advance in the playoffs.

“Norman North has a great group of devoted players and they went to the state title game last year and we are very fortunate to come out of tonight’s game with a win,” Alexander said.

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Tigers receiver Matt Kaiser also finished the night with two touchdown receptions.

Broken Arrow’s Matt Kaiser comes down with a first down catch during a Class 6A-I quarterfinal playoff game between Norman North and Broken Arrow at Tiger Stadium in Broken Arrow, OK. Photo by Rip Stell/Defining Moment

In their final high school football game, brothers Drake and Isaac Stoops left everything they had out on the field – both scoring a touchdown and making huge receptions in the loss.

Norman North’s Drake Stoops finds an opening during a Class 6A-I quarterfinal playoff game between Norman North and Broken Arrow at Tiger Stadium in Broken Arrow, OK. Photo by Rip Stell/Defining Moment
Norman North’s Isaac Stoops (#3) receives respect from Broken Arrow’s Myles Slusher during a Class 6A-I quarterfinal playoff game between Norman North and Broken Arrow at Tiger Stadium in Broken Arrow, OK. Photo by Rip Stell/Defining Moment

Timberwolves quarterback Ryan Peoples finished the night with 351 passing yards and three touchdowns.

Norman North quarterback Ryan Peoples scrambles during a Class 6A-I quarterfinal playoff game between Norman North and Broken Arrow at Tiger Stadium in Broken Arrow, OK. Photo by Rip Stell/Defining Moment

Broken Arrow turned over the ball three times against Norman North – something that Alexander said his players will work on before they face Union next week.

“We made just enough plays to win this game tonight,” Alexander said.

Broken Arrow players react to their team’s victory during a Class 6A-I quarterfinal playoff game between Norman North and Broken Arrow at Tiger Stadium in Broken Arrow, OK. Photo by Rip Stell/Defining Moment

Broken Arrow’s biggest test of the playoffs will be next week when they face No. 1 Union Redskins (11-0, 7-0). In their first meeting of the 2017 regular season, Union defeated Broken Arrow 26-15 in week 1.

In their first playoff game, Union defeated Edmond Santa Fe 28-3.

Want to see more?  We’ve got photos from this game available here.