NORMAN — The playoff race is far from over, but Norman North took a commanding lead with Friday night’s big win over Edmond North. In a week of upsets and big games, the Timberwolves stayed the course and stayed in the lead for a second straight District 6A-3 title, something unthinkable just two years ago in a district that Midwest City had dominated for a decade.
It could have been a letdown week for North (5-2, 4-0), which was playing its toughest game since losing Alabama commit David Cornwell for the season. There were plenty of excuses. From the severity of Cornwell’s injury being announced just days before the game to a cold, rainy night that could have derailed North’s passing game, plenty of things could have gone wrong for the Timberwolves.
But they didn’t, and North delivered another sparkling performance in a season that wasn’t supposed to be full of them. The T-Wolves began the season breaking in a completely new defensive unit and a young offensive line. Both holes were painfully obvious in early losses to Norman High and Westmoore.
But things have changed. In dramatic, last-second victories over Midwest City and Yukon, North proved it had the talent to compete, and against Edmond North they proved they had turned the corner for good. Outside of last week’s game against an 0-7 US Grant squad, the defense allowed the fewest points of the season on Friday, and the T-Wolves did it against a solid Huskies offense.
More importantly, North proved that the loss of Cornwell isn’t going to slow them down. John Kolar has been potent through two and a half games, leading the team to a come-from-behind win against Yukon and showing Friday that he’s fully comfortable running the offense. The junior adds a new dimension to the offense with his mobility and showed how dangerous that could be against Edmond North.