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November 28, 2012

North’s iron man can do it all

NORMAN — Channing Meyer can do it all for Norman North, or at least it seems that way at times.

The senior has filled a number of roles for the Timberwolves over the past two seasons. He played most of the season at quarterback last year and this year has spent time doing everything possible on offense - running, catching and throwing the ball.

And, if being all over the field on offense wasn’t enough, Meyer has now completed the cycle, taking the field for the defense. And, heading into Friday’s state title game against Jenks, the Timberwolves will need all of Meyer’s skills.

It’s been a long journey for Meyer to get to this point. Because his father served in the navy, Meyer spent his entire childhood moving around, including a stint in Japan, before finally landing in Norman.

At North, he started his junior year at wide receiver on the varsity, while quarterbacking the junior varsity. But after starter Peyton Gavras went out with a concussion, Meyer took the reins and led the T-Wolves to the playoffs.

That set him up for a position battle entering this season. While Gavras earned the majority of the snaps, Meyer has seen plenty of time at quarterback, serving primarily as an option quarterback due to his ability to both run and throw the ball.

Even if he’s not under center, Meyer is always on the field. He’s one of the T-Wolves’ leading receivers, with more than 550 yards and three touchdowns on the season. He also has added three scores running the ball and another two through the air.

It’s an impressive resume, but that’s not the end of the story. As the playoffs have gone on, Meyer has made more and more appearances on the other side of the ball, playing in the defensive secondary at critical times in the postseason. That includes last week’s semifinals game against Owasso, where he came up with a fourth-down interception and broke up another pass on a crucial play late in the game.

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