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September 20, 2013

T-Wolves seeking another turning point

NORMAN — There were plenty of encouraging signs for Norman North in Week 1’s narrow loss to Norman High. Those signs came to fruition last week in a wild and impressive victory over Del City.

Now, entering a 7 p.m. showdown with No. 8 Westmoore today at Harve Collins Field, the Timberwolves will need to put it all together, a challenge they’re excited to take.

“We’ve got to bring our A-game and play our best game of the year, we know that,” coach Wade Standley said.

Tenth-ranked North (1-1) has yet to beat coach Billy Langford’s Jaguars (2-0) since Standley arrived three years ago. Westmoore also is the only team in the state that can claim its beaten North twice under Standley.

Both teams are usually good, and their annual non-district game has developed into a tightly contested rivalry and a turning point for the Timberwolves. Two years ago quarterback Peyton Gavras went out with a concussion and sat out the rest of the season, allowing Channing Meyer an opportunity to take snaps under center. That shaped the rest of the season and carried over into last year’s squad, where both quarterbacks spent time taking snaps.

Last year, Westmoore was the only team to beat North before it eventually fell to Jenks in the state championship game. The loss energized the Timberwolves, who bounced back by going on a tear in district play that would carry them all the way up to the season’s final game.

It remains to be seen if tonight’s game will carry the same weight. North started eight sophomores last week and is building for the future, meaning both years ahead as well as for district play this season, while Westmoore is riding high after securing the Moore city championship with last week’s victory over Southmoore.

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