NORMAN — The numbers for senior linebacker Jordan Evans, who also handles punt and kick return duties for Norman North, are impressive. He’s scored four touchdowns this season on returns, none more impressive than last week’s big runback against Broken Arrow that set the tone of the game.
But even the touchdown numbers don’t tell the whole story. Evans has seven returns for at least 40 yards this season, with five of those coming on returns of 70 yards or more. And they’ve seem to come at opportune times. Along with the touchdown last week against Broken Arrow, Evans also had a 70-yard return against Norman High in the season opener that put the T-Wolves in position to retake the lead with less than a minute left.
All of which means Owasso is likely to try to keep the ball out of his hands on Friday.
“I know they have a good kicker, but he knows if he makes one mistake I’m going to have a chance,” Evans said. “I hope they end up kicking it to me.”
Special teams a strength for T-Wolves: It wasn’t just Evans who made an impact on special teams in last week’s 24-16 win over Broken Arrow. Coach Wade Standley also pointed to his kicker Redford Jones, whose strong leg gives North a big advantage when it’s time to kick it.
“He did a great job flipping the field for us last week,” Standley said. “That’s something that’s really big in close games in the playoffs.”
Standley keeping approach simple: One of Standley’s favorite mantras is “it’s about us.” It’s a phrase he invokes regularly, and it’s a concept he reinforces every day in practice.
Heading into the biggest game of the year, Standley’s not changing anything up. Practice plans are still focused on the Timberwolves and what they need to do to improve rather than worrying about all the intricacies or curveballs the Owasso coaches may bring to the field Friday.