Cortes' tough­ness a Bro­ken Ar­row weapon in Union re­match

Tulsa World - - Sports - Bill Hais­ten

BRO­KEN AR­ROW — While the re­cov­ery ben­e­fits of ice ther­apy are un­de­ni­able, most foot­ball play­ers de­test time in the cold tub. It's un­pleas­ant to be­come im­mersed in 50-de­gree wa­ter, but Bro­ken Ar­row ju­nior Noah Cortes ac­tu­ally sa­vored an ice bath af­ter his 40-carry, 305-yard rush­ing per­for­mance against Nor­man North.

He had never car­ried as many as 30 times in any game at any level, so there was con­sid­er­able sore­ness af­ter his heroic tough­ness dur­ing last week's 31-28 vic­tory in a Class 6AI quar­ter­fi­nal.

“What­ever my coaches de­cide we

Cortes

need, I'm fine with it,” Cortes said Tues­day be­fore prac­tice. “If they need me to carry 40 times in the next game, I will.”

The next game is part of a 6AI semi­fi­nal fes­ti­val sched­uled for Satur­day at the Univer­sity of Tulsa's H.A. Chap­man Sta­dium.

At 11 a.m., Bro­ken Ar­row will chal­lenge de­fend­ing state cham­pion Union. At 5 p.m., Jenks will tan­gle with Owasso. Both games will be tele­vised statewide on Cox ca­ble.

“Play­ing both games at TU — I

IAN MAULE/Tulsa World

Bro­ken Ar­row run­ning back Noah Cortes car­ried the foot­ball 40 times last week in the Tigers' Class 6AI quar­ter­fi­nal vic­tory over Nor­man North. His next chal­lenge is in the semi­fi­nals Satur­day against Union.

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