Owasso hits state semis for third straight year
BY ZAK PATTERSON World Sports Writer
Saturday, November 17, 2012
11/17/12 at 4:51 AM
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OWASSO - The Owasso Rams stampeded past Norman 35-15 on Friday to advance to the Class 6A semifinals for the third straight season.
Now armed with nine straight wins, Owasso (9-2) faces Norman North in next week's semifinals, where the Rams lost 30-17 to Broken Arrow last year.
Norman finishes at 9-3.
As has been the case all season, the Rams were carried by senior quarterback Jaylen Lowe, who accounted for four of the five Owasso touchdowns. Lowe threw for 204 yards and two scores, giving him 1,887 yards passing and 25 touchdowns on the year. He also ran 11 times for 49 yards and two TDs.
Lowe spread the wealth in the first half, with his nine completions going to six receivers. His first incompletion came with 2:07 left in the first half.
"Wow. Wow. He's an incredible athlete and an incredible young man," Rams coach Bill Patterson said of Lowe. "He's really special."
It was a balanced attack from the Owasso receiving corps. Hunter Chancellor had four catches for 73 yards, Cole Neph had three for 41 yards and a score, and Jake Burd had three for 28 yards and a touchdown.
The Rams' first touchdown came with 7:39 remaining in the second quarter on a 1-yard hookup between Lowe and Burd.
Norman's first score came with 6:43 left in the third quarter on a 1-yard run from A'erion Hines to cut the Owasso lead to 21-7. But Owasso ended any thoughts of a comeback with two straight touchdown drives, capped by Lowe TD runs of 14 and 10 yards.
Junior cornerback Jordan Mitchell picked off a pass late in the third quarter for the Rams, his fourth of the season.
Norman senior quarterback Zach Long had 124 yards passing, and senior tailback Imond Robinson had 20 carries for 75 yards. The Tigers could not get their run-heavy offense going when it mattered, though, and were held to 85 yards of offense in the opening half. Norman's last score came with 2 ticks left.
"I was very proud of our defense," said Patterson. "They ran some formations that we had never seen before.
"This is a very special team. The thing that sets them apart is their attitude. They care for one another and come to work every day. We're excited to be in the semifinals. We'll get ready and go give it our best shot."
OWASSO 35, NORMAN 15
O: Burd 1 pass from Lowe (Sailing kick)
O: Neph 13 pass from Lowe (Sailing kick)
O: Burd 18 run (Sailing kick)
N: Hines 1 run (Hockett kick)
O: Lowe 14 run (Sailing kick)0
O: Lowe 10 run (Sailing kick)
N: Hines 3 run (Hines pass from Long)
Owasso's Jaylen Lowe escapes the Norman defense during their Class 6A playoff game at Owasso on Friday night. JOEY JOHNSON/For the Tulsa World
Owasso's Cole Neph goes up for a touchdown catch just before halftime during a Class 6A playoff game against Norman in Owasso on Friday night. JOEY JOHNSON/For the Tulsa World