NORMAN — While Norman North celebrated its seniors during Friday’s contest against Lawton Eisenhower, the younger Timberwolves proved that the cupboard is not bare.
The Timberwolves’ freshmen squad competed last week in the X-Bowl, the state championship for freshmen teams. The Timberwolves earned the opportunity to play Choctaw in the game by going 9-0 in the regular season.
Not all of the freshmen have been limited to freshmen games. Led by linebacker Wyatt Medina, who has seen significant playing time on defense for the district champion Timberwolves, the group has made inroads on the varsity squad. Medina, in particular, has been key to North’s improving defense, and he was active again in the Timberwolves’ victory over Lawton Eisenhower on Friday.
The varsity T-Wolves lose several key seniors, including offensive stars who have also filled in on defense in Tyler Sipe, Trey Wormington, Payton Prince and Nick Basquine. But if the freshmen class’ performance in the X-Bowl is any indication, they’ll be making even more of an impact next season.
The Timberwolves opened slow in Tuesday’s X-Bowl, falling behind by several scores. But they fought back in the second half, cutting it to a one-possession deficit before rain delayed the game until Wednesday afternoon.
And once play did resume, the Timberwolves took over. They stormed back to take the lead and, thanks to a few big plays, were able to hold on for the victory.
Chalie Kolar, younger brother of T-Wolves quarterback John Kolar, sealed the game with an interception with a minute remaining. Charlie Kolar also got into the varsity game on Friday and came up with a key tackle in the backfield during a late defensive series by the Timberwolves’ backups.
The undefeated season bodes well for Norman North’s program, as the Timberwolves will return a number of defensive players as well as the entire offensive line next year. Also back will be the backfield duo of Kolar and running back Quan Hogan. All will be joined by what coach Wade Standley described as one of the most exciting freshmen classes in years.
“It’s extremely exciting to have them coming up,” he said. “They’re a great group and worked extremely hard this year. We’re looking forward to working with them.”
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