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October 10, 2013

Noble alters plans to deal with injuries

NORMAN — Norman North isn’t the only team in the area dealing with injury problems.

Coach Steve Barrett has been forced to implement sweeping changes at Noble after the Bears were “annihilated” by the injury bug over the past two weeks.

Seven players on the Bears’ roster have suffered concussions in the past month, and that’s just the beginning of Noble’s troubles. Tailback Nick Wahl is out with a separated shoulder, and two of the Bears’ starting offensive linemen are also out.

“We’ve had to change a bunch,” Barrett said. “We can’t rely on the power run game anymore, so we’ve had to change things to just try and get our players the ball in open space.”

The injuries couldn’t have come at much worse a time. The Bears wrap up a brutal three-week stretch to open district play with a game against Bishop Kelley on Friday, one that Noble could use to give its playoff hopes a boost.

“This game against Kelley and then the Shawnee game, those are going to be big,” Barrett said. “But with the injuries we’ve had and the changes we’ve had to make, we can’t look past anybody right now.”

Young expected to start: Norman High’s feature back Dupree Young found himself in the unfamiliar position of watching from the sideline in the Tigers’ loss to Edmond Memorial last week.

The reason was a spate of fumbles, a problem the entire Tigers team faced last week. NHS put the ball on the ground six times, allowing Edmond Memorial to pull away for the win.

But Young has been diligently working this week to protect the ball, and coach Greg Nation said he still trusts his back.

“We still have faith in him,” Nation said. “He has been focused this week on maintaining possession, and he’s done a good job so far. We pride ourselves on not turning the ball over, and we have to get better at that.”

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