NORMAN – To really know how Isaiah Jacobs felt about missing the first four games with injury, spectators just had to listen for his pads Thursday night.
Jacobs, a heralded junior running back, wasn’t just shoving defenders out of his way. He was cracking pads and barreling through anyone who turned to face him.
“If I see contact, I’d rather hit him than be the guy who gets hit,” Jacobs said.
“Isaiah is back, I don’t know if y’all noticed,” receiver Peyton Lusk said.
Owasso defeated Norman North 38-7 Thursday night to improve to 3-3 overall and 2-1 in District 6AI-2. Jacobs ran 21 times for 145 yards, two rushing touchdowns and a receiving TD in his second game back since starting against Edmond North last week.
“I was more patient tonight,” Jacobs said. “I could breathe.”
The Rams led 17-0 at halftime after a pair of touchdowns and a field goal from kicker Christian Johnson, who was also perfect on point after attempts.
This week, Peyton Lusk was the featured receiver. At 6-3, 160, Lusk is a rising star on Brian Montonati’s basketball team, and he joined Bill Blankenship’s football program in the summer, adding natural athletic ability to the offense.
“(Tonight) felt good,” Lusk said. “They want me to go up and get it. Basketball player, you know? They call it an alley-oop. It felt good tonight. I feel like these last two games are what’s gonna set us over the top.”
Lusk had six catches for 39 yards against the Timberwolves.
Last week, senior North Texas commit Will Kuehne was 16-for-24 passing for 141 yards and three TDs. This week against Norman North, he threw for 223 yards.
Norman North’s offense was stifled from the start. The Timberwolves’ longest play came late in the third quarter, a 29-yard pass play that put them at Owasso’s 38 with about a minute left. It was the best field position North would see in the first 40 minutes of play.
Owasso’s defensive line deserved much of the credit.
The Rams produced two quarterback hurries-turned interceptions, both of which ended up in defensive back Gage Laney’s hands.
The first came with 45 seconds left in the first half. A four-man front creased the line of scrimmage and forced a hasty pass. Laney simply stepped inside the route and cradled the pass for a quick turnover.
The second was a little more complicated. Norman North called a flea flicker just as defensive coordinator Bobby Klinck sent a fleet of pass rushers. Haydon Grant got through the line untouched and flushed Remualdo out of the pocket, leading to another throw at Laney’s chest.
“Coaches always say it starts up front,” Grant said. “The first four either make or break it. We got good penetration and overall we filled our gaps, the linebackers really filled their gaps, too.”
With 8:23 left in the fourth quarter, Omar Barker also hauled in an interception.
Coming from the far sideline, Barker smelled a screen pass and peeled off his wheel route coverage, sprinting unseen toward the middle of the field as Remualdo delivered a pass straight into his chest. He took it another 30 yards into the end zone, and Johnson was automatic for the PAT, giving Owasso a 38-0 lead.
Norman North’s lone touchdown came with 6:16 left in the game. Remualdo beat the secondary with a 28-yard post route to the 3-yard line and then ran the ball into the end zone untouched on the next play.
Preston Hendricks took over at quarterback with 6 minutes left, and Eddie Nava took the majority of the remaining snaps at running back.
Owasso returns for homecoming Friday, Oct. 12 against Southmoore. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.