NORMAN — Noah Cortes may wake up a bit sore in the morning.
The Broken Arrow sophomore was a workhorse at running back with 33 carries Thursday night. Cortes tallied 135 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-7 District 6AI-1 road win at Harve Collins Field against Norman.
"I love it when they put the ball in my hands," said Cortes, who scored on runs of 1, 6 and 1 yard. "I just got to stay positive and run hard."
Cortes' effort highlighted a grind-it-out performance for BA (4-4, 3-2). The Tigers tallied a season-best 317 rushing yards offensively and limited Norman (1-7, 1-4) to just 180 total yards.
"We're a grind it out kind of team," said BA coach David Alexander. "We have to play great defense and we have to finish drives."
BA ran for more than 200 yards in the first half alone and scored three times in the second quarter to lead 28-0 at halftime.
Cortes scored on a 1-yard plunge to cap off BA's second series.
Jeff Wilton blocked a Norman punt on the first play of the second quarter near midfield. Five plays later, Cortes scored from 6 yards out.
C.J. Myers scored on BA's first play of the next series when he took the handoff and sped 84 yards for the end zone and a 21-0 lead. Myers' 84-yard run was the fifth-longest in BA history.
"I was thinking I just need one chance, one opening," Myers said. "They made two perfect blocks and there was a hole."
BA's final first-half score came on a 49-yard pass from Cade Yeager to Matt Kaiser with 16 seconds left.
Norman avoided the shutout when Traevon Edmundson scored on a 1-yard run with 4:58 left in the third quarter.
BA got out with the win, but it was not all good news for Tiger fans.
With 0:29 left in the third quarter, Austin Garrison collided with Edmundson while trying to make a tackle and did not get up before being attended to by medical professionals.
Garrison was taken by ambulance to a Norman hospital.
"He had movement everywhere. But he had some numbness. All the paramedics were saying 99.9 percent that there is nothing wrong. But anytime you have anything with the neck, it's about the safety of the young man," Alexander said.