NORMAN — With one kick, Norman North may have altered the landscape of its entire season.
The T-Wolves (2-2, 1-0) were struggling heading into last week’s contest against 10th-ranked and undefeated Midwest City. After a wild, and lengthy, game that didn’t end until Jake Edzards hit a 43-yard field goal as time expired to give North the victory.
That may turn out to be the biggest play of North’s season.
After one district game, the Timberwolves find themselves tied atop District 6A-3 and looking back at what was expected to be their toughest competition in the Bombers. Rather than looking at simply being a playoff team, the T-Wolves are now in a
position to look at defending their district title.
Quarterback David Cornwell said the Timberwolves were approaching that game as “a district championship,” and said that this week’s trip to No. 8 Yukon (3-1, 1-0) is the same.
He may be right. Midwest City and Yukon were the two toughest teams remaining on North’s schedule, and after the dramatic start to that stretch the T-Wolves are in a position this week to give themselves control of their own destiny the rest of the way.
If the Timberwolves can get past Yukon, the most daunting game remaining on the schedule is an Oct. 18 contest at Edmond North (2-2, 1-0). Besides that, the four remaining teams on the schedule are a combined 2-14.
But first, North must overcome Yukon, a team that’s only grown more impressive as the season has progressed. The Millers, behind quarterback Hayden Somerville and a dangerous and explosive spread offense, are off to one of their best starts in years and have shown they can compete at the top Class 6A. Yukon’s only loss of the season came to No. 6 Edmond Santa Fe in a two-touchdown defeat, and the Millers own impressive victories over Norman High and Mustang.
“We’re 1-0 in district and we want to defend our title,” Cornwell said after Friday’s victory. “We’ve got to go to Yukon next week. We’ve got to get back to work.”
While North is playing this week to line up a road to a district championship, their counterparts at Norman High play this week to keep themselves in the thick of what is expected to be a tightly-bunched pack in District 6A-4. After a disappointing loss to Mustang last week, the Tigers are 0-1 in a district with four teams in the top 10 and several more that are competing for a playoff spot.
One of those teams is Edmond Memorial (2-2, 0-1), a squad that features one of the top backs in the state with junior Warren Wand. If the Tigers want to position themselves to be a factor in the district title race, it must begin with a home win on Friday.
After amassing just 170 yards of offense last week, Tigers coach Greg Nation said his staff could switch things up this week.
“We’re going to go back to the drawing board, figure out what it is we can do better than anyone else, and that’s what we’re going to do,” he said.
Listen to Transcript writer Corbin Hosler at 6 tonight on KREF-AM 1400’s “Prep Sports Roundtable”
discussing the area high school football scene.