The Norman Transcript

September 9, 2013

Dean makes good on first Clash outing by minimizing mistakes

By Corbin Hosler
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Norman High’s Jakcob Dean wasn’t perfect in his debut as the Tigers’ quarterback, but he did plenty in NHS’ 38-31 Crosstown Clash victory on Thursday. His best attribute in that contest was a lack of mistakes. He accounted for more than 100 all-purpose yards and tossing a touchdown, while not committing a turnover.

Coach Greg Nation was pleased with Dean’s first game under center, but heading into a Week 2 matchup with Moore he’s looking for continued improvement.

“He did well, the next thing is to keep working on his reads,” Nation said of Dean. “We’ve also got to work on getting the play into the huddle a little faster, little things like that.”

Cornwell’s ankle healing: Norman North quarterback David Cornwell’s health was a question mark heading into Thursday’s Crosstown Clash. But once the game kicked off, Cornwell was plenty mobile, eluding tackles and turned the ball upfield himself several times.

Coaches said that the Alabama commit was limited in practice as a precaution, but Cornwell didn’t show any negative effects during the game. Cornwell first injured the ankle during a goal-line play in a scrimmage against Edmond Santa Fe two weeks ago, and the injury turned out to be worse than initially anticipated.

But Cornwell’s progress is a positive sign for the T-Wolves as they prepare for a trip to Del City on Friday, and how his ankle responds during practice this week will be closely watched.

Quarterback to receive honor: Cornwell’s ankle won’t be the only thing on his mind this week. He’ll be recognized Wednesday in a special ceremony at North.

Cornwell was selected to participate in this year’s Under Armour All-America Football game. The organization visits the school of every participant during the season and presents the student with their official jersey. Cornwell will receive his at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in Norman North’s multi-purpose room.

Royals preparing for showdown: CCS was impressive in an opening-week, blowout victory over Drumright, but the true test for the Royals lies ahead.

CCS, which is playing its final season before officially joining the OSSAA and being placed in a district, has tried to fill the season with as much competition as possible despite scheduling conflicts.

One of coach Paul Potter’s best accomplishments in that regard is Thursday’s game against Casady. The Cyclones narrowly lost to Heritage Hall last week and are one of the toughest opponents the Royals will face this season.

It’s a matchup that Potter is excited for, and one he sees as an important benchmark for his squad.

“We’re going to find out next week exactly where we are,” he said. “And we’re going to throw the kitchen sink at them, because we’ll need to.”

Corbin Hosler

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