MOORE — For a quarter, it looked like Norman High was in trouble. After the Tigers scored on a textbook opening drive, Moore responded with an 80-yard drive of its own to tie the ballgame.
For a moment, it looked as if the Tigers were in for a dogfight. But less than 5 minutes later, courtesy of three monster plays, NHS found itself up three scores and on track toward a 28-10 victory at Moore Stadium.
“We showed improvement,” Moore coach Todd Watters said. “But still making too many mental errors in all three phases of the game and playing too high defensively. We are not playing as physical as we need to in every aspect of the game. Our effort was pretty good. There are positions that can improve in this area, but over all, we played hard.”
Lion quarterback Colin Webb played well in his first start under center, running 29 times for 92 yards and passing for 24 more. He did, however, fumble the ball twice. As a team, the Lions put the ball on the ground three times.
“Turnovers always have a huge impact, but what hurt us most against Norman was our giving up big plays on defense and special teams, along with not being able to complete offensive drives,” Watters said.
Despite the loss, the Lions sowed marked improvement from the week before when it lost to Westmoore.
“Moore made a statement right there with that first drive that they were in this game,” Nation said. “I don’t care what happened last week, they came out and got better this week,” Nation said of Moore, which dropped a 62-14 decision to No. 8 Westmoore last week. “The flexbone option they run is hard to defend.”
Even though Moore is off to an 0-2 start to the season, it has proven to be an effective in at least one area.