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.
The Tigers are as healthy as they’ve been all season, while North coach Wade Standley said junior linebackers Trevor and Trace Magee are “banged-up” and will be game-time decisions.
Noble goes for second shutout: Noble is off to its best start in a decade at 2-0, and they’re looking to add another milestone to that mark.
It had been five years since Noble shut out an opponent before they accomplished the feat against Western Heights, and the Bears are hoping to post their first back-to-back shutouts in recent memory when they face off against El Reno this week.
“El Reno has improved a lot, and we’re going to have to play well to win,” coach Steve Barrett said.
Cross country travels to Edmond: A week after the Norman North girls’ cross country team dominated the OKRunner Classic, both Tigers and Timberwolves are headed to Edmond Santa Fe for a 3 p.m. meet on Friday.
The meet also features all three schools from Moore in addition to several other teams from across the state, giving both teams an opportunity to see where they stack up against the state’s top teams.