NORMAN — Norman North deserves its attention. The Timberwolves really were the best of the west last season, and really did, ever since one football program became two in 1998, go where no Norman team had ever gone before, all the way to the Class 6A title game.
Then David Cornwell, a multitude of scholarship offers already in his pocket, showed up on the T-Wolves’ doorstep. And, on the day everybody headed out to Edmond Santa Fe to see Cornwell, an Alabama commit, duel Sooner commit Justice Hansen, where the North quarterback’s first pass in his new uniform found Nick Basquine for 60 yards and six points, it was nonetheless tailback Quan Hogan, only a sophomore, who stole the show.
Then there’s Norman High.
Two years ago was supposed to be the Tigers’ year. Donovan Roberts was a senior and Zach Long was already a veteran behind center. NHS was plenty good, before being bounced out of the playoffs by Owasso. Then came last year. The Tigers were supposed to take a step back, but hardly did.
Now this year.
“I think we’re the dark horse in the race,” coach Greg Nation said.
One gets the feeling, it suits the Tigers.
When you think about it, North should have no problem seeing NHS as a legitimate threat. Heck, if the Tigers get a touchback on their last kickoff at last season’s Clash, they probably win it. Instead, Jordan Evans’ star was born and upset dreams were crushed.
“We don’t have absolute superstars, but we all just work together and do what we need to do,” Tiger senior tight end Cal Shone said.
And who’s to say it won’t be enough for the Tigers to reclaim their position as the best team in town?
There are plenty of reasons why they might.