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August 23, 2013

Mobility an asset, issue for T-Wolves’ signal caller

EDMOND — David Cornwell proved one thing on Thursday: he’s more than just a pocket passer.

Cornwell actually dispelled any doubts in his 2013 Class 6A football debut, throwing crisp passes and effectively leading the T-Wolves’ offense. But outside of his uncanny passes, what also stood out was how well he moved. Several times he eluded would-be tacklers in the backfield and cut upfield for a nice game.

It was effective, but it certainly produced several groans every time it happened. And Cornwell may have paid a price for it. After a handful of possessions on the field he was sidelined after tweaking his ankle, where coaches were icing his left ankle, a worrying sign for many T-Wolves faithful.

But Cornwell, though he was limping noticeably, said after the game he was fine and would have stayed in if it weren’t a scrimmage.

“I’ll definitely be taping my ankles from now on,” he said. “I didn’t think I needed to, but I just twisted it. I’ll be fine in a day or two.”

Penalties plague both teams: It may be expected at this point of the preseason, but that doesn’t make penalties any easier for coaches to watch. Both teams had touchdowns called back for penalties, and amassed a handful of negative plays on the night.

While the T-Wolves had some struggles, it wasn’t anything unusual for the first scrimmage of the season.

“We’ve just got to keep working as a unit to get better,” North coach Wade Standley said. “I saw some great stuff tonight, but there are also areas where we’ll keep working to get better.”

Volk sits out: Mason Volk, who is expected to make an impact on North’s defense, missed Thursday’s preseason scrimmage against Edmond Santa Fe after pulling his hamstring.

Without Volk, North’s young defense unsurprisingly struggled at times against the polished Edmond Santa Fe offense keyed by OU commit Justice Hansen.

Standley said Volk’s injury was not severe, and he was only held out as a precaution because it was a scrimmage instead of a game.

Corbin Hosler

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