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September 19, 2013

T-Wolves employing iron men

NORMAN — It’s no secret that Norman North’s young defense has had its share of early struggles this season. The T-Wolves have given up more than 70 points in two games, but with the help from a few unexpected places the unit is continuing to improve.

The defense came up with a huge stop late last week in North’s wild, 41-38 victory over Del City. Part of the credit for the Timberwolves even being in that position goes to a pair of offensive studs who are now trying out the other side of the ball.

Offensive lineman Trey Wormington as well as tight end Tyler Sipe both spent time at defensive end against Del City. The pair, who measure 6-7 and 6-3 respectively, helped to bolster a young group of talent at defensive line, and coach Wade Standley said it’s something he’ll likely go back to.

“I think it’s safe to assume you’ll see them there again,” he said. “It’s something we’ve been working on since day one.”

U-Haul staying intact: Many things have changed this season at North, where the T-Wolves started eight sophomores last week. But one thing that isn’t changing is the name of their signature power formation.

The “U-Haul” formation, a power package designed last season for linebacker Jaxon Uhles, has persisted into this year with tight ends Payton Prince and Tyler Sipe taking the snaps. But despite the new faces, Standley said they won’t be changing the name.

“Nope, you can’t change it now,” he said. “Jaxon left that legacy here, and it’s not going anywhere.”

Injury update: Heading into Friday’s matchups, where Norman High will travel to Yukon and North will host Westmoore, neither team is dealing with any major injury concerns.

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