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Coach: ROCKY MARTIN
9-3 - vs. Norman North
9-11 - vs. Moore
9-18 - at Mustang
9-25 - vs. Yukon
10-2 - at Edmond Memorial
10-8 - vs. Jenks
10-16 - at Westmoore
10-23 - vs. Enid
10-30 - at Broken Arrow
11-6 - at Edmond Santa Fe
Norman carries a two-game winning streak in its series with Westmoore. The teams have met 31 times since 1988 but the Tigers have never won three straight.
Wide receiver Jaden Bray played a big role in last season's 49-31 win over Westmoore, with four of his five receptions going for touchdowns.
The Tigers have never won a district title under the Class 6A classification. Norman last wore the district crown in 1990, upsetting undefeated Midwest City in week 10 to take Class 5A-2. -42 win over the Jaguars.
Last 7 Years:
2019 - 7-4
2018 - 6-5
2017 - 1-9
2016 - 1-9
2015 - 1-9
2014 - 2-8
2013 - 5-5
Knowing what it takes to be successful is just one of the hurdles coaches face when building a program. For head coach Rocky Martin, the knowing part has been accomplished, now they turn their focus to execution and winning in the playoffs. “We are very excited about the upcoming season,” said coach Martin. “We have to replace a number of really good players from last years team, but we think our kids are read to take on the challenge. They had a tremendous winter and they know what it takes to be successful.” VYPE Top 100 selectee Jaden Bray (6-3, 190, Sr.) is one of those players that gets it. Bray will start at wide receiver where he made 40 receptions for 936 yards and scored 11 touchdowns. Edric Lambert (6-1, 205, Jr.) comes in at H-back and gives the coaching staff another option in the run and the pass. The offensive line looks solid with Viliami Makahununiu (6-3, 280, Jr.) and Jonathan Cope (6-2, 265, Sr.) starting up front. With a couple of underclassmen working to crack the starting lineup, the offensive line could come together nicely giving the Tigers a formidable force at the point of attack. Wide receivers Ray Holman (6-1, 180, Jr.) and Max Bass (5-11, 170, Jr.) provide two excellent targets in the passing game.
With only three starters returning to the field for the Tigers, look for some new faces to occupy some key positions on defense. “We want to stop the run, limit big plays and create takeaways,” said coach Martin. Free safety Isaac Raymond-Brown (5-11, 175, Sr.) had 40 tackles last year with two takeaways. Linebacker Cedric McClendon (6-2, 190, Sr.) made 35 tackles a year ago and forced two fumbles. Look for McClendon to continue his assault on opposing offenses. Willie Prince (6-2, 210, Sr.) and Xavier Mason (6-1, 205, Jr.) are two defensive ends the Tigers expect to have big seasons. Prince accounted for 55 tackles last year. Aiden Rosales (5-10, 165, Sr.) is another secondary player the Tigers will lean on for big plays. Also look for Seth Wishon (6-2, 185, Jr.) at linebacker.
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