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August 13, 2013

NHS, North seniors ready to take the lead

NORMAN — Payton Prince is one of relatively few returners with significant playing experience at North. The senior tight end has started since he was a freshman and has been a major part of North’s success in that time.

Now, he’s settling into a role that he isn’t as familiar — being a vocal leader on the team. A quieter leader a year ago, he is now filling the shoes left by some graduated seniors.

“Last year we had guys like Jordan Evans here who would be loud, so I didn’t have to do it as much,” he said. “Now as a senior, I have one last go at this, and I have to step up now and get everyone pumped up. I’m not always the type to be loud like that.”

While the role may be a little different than what Prince is used to, he’s settled into it well, coach Wade Standley said.

“He’s matured as a young man and I’m proud of the progress he’s made,” Standley said. “He had a great offseason and is stepping up for this team.”

Numbers remain high for both schools

More than 200 kids showed up to practice on Monday, with more than 130 attending the first practice at Norman High, while Norman North had 95, the most since

Standley took over three years ago.

“We had 61 in my first year and 81 last year so we’re growing, which is what we want,” Standley said. “We accomplished a lot of what we wanted on the first day, and the intensity was good.”

Tigers’ D-line returns stronger: While much of the NHS secondary is new this season, one area the Tigers are entering the season loaded is along the line, where most of their key players are back.

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