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October 11, 2012

Weekend could shift expectations

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NORMAN —

NHS is No. 8 in the Transcript’s Class 6A rankings. Southmoore is No. 6.

Don’t go looking for Norman North coach Wade Standley to wade in too deep with any pregame quote.

“This week is a great opportunity for us to take that next step,” he said. “Each week you have to continue to move forward, and we’ve been able to do that the last two years.”

He’s not wrong and the T-Wolves should be excited, but lost in there is the fact that tonight could represent more than just another step.

The Huskies have earned their spot right behind Jenks and Union. Everybody thought they’d be good, but they’ve exceeded expectations. North has been good, too, but this town’s been waiting on high school football greatness for a while now, and tonight’s a great chance for the T-Wolves to go from good to something better.

Not to mention, win tonight and they’re going to have a hard time not winning District 6A-3 with Putnam City North, Moore and Lawton Ike left on the schedule.

If North is going to take another big step, tonight’s the night to do it.

Over at Norman High, the Tigers may be playing with house money.

On Tuesday, coach Greg Nation admitted his team is playing beyond its very own preseason expectations.

“I think our kids are so attentive and so focused and locked in to their teaching,” he said, “that they go out and do an excellent job.”

Nation’s having a heck of a time, in a good way, getting his squad ready every week.

“We’re having a great year of kids staying eligible,” he said. “We’re getting along well. This is a fun team to coach.”

Friday, though, is a chance to take it further. If the best team in the west isn’t Edmond North, Southmoore may have the next claim. Well, unless they fall to the Tigers, who might make the claim their own … at least until they visit Edmond Santa Fe next week.

“Murderer’s row,” Nation said.

Yes, but the opportunity is fantastic. Tonight at home. Friday night in Moore.

Check it out.

Clay HorningFollow me @clayhorningcfhorning@normantranscript.com

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