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September 23, 2013

NHS, North get clean slate after ‘preseason’

NORMAN — The “preseason” is now over, and the news couldn’t be better for Norman High and Norman North.

The Crosstown Clash gave a glimpse into both squads, and we came away impressed at the possibilities but aware of the roadblocks. And, as you would expect with two inexperienced squads, the last two weeks have been both ups and downs.

Norman High (2-1) has put together three slow starts, and it finally caught up to them on Friday at Yukon, where the slow start allowed the Millers time to climb back into the game and eventually take the lead. For all of the Tigers’ explosiveness on offense, the consistency hasn’t been there.

It’s a similar story at North. While the offense has been putting up points, the defense hasn’t made enough stops for it to matter much. After giving up 38 points in Week 1 to NHS, the Timberwolves (1-2) seemed to make progress against Del City in Week 2. Despite giving up 38 points again, they came through with a late stop that allowed them to win the game. But the defensive struggles resurfaced last week, with the T-Wolves forcing Westmoore into just one punt on Friday night.

Nor have they been able to catch much of a break. Injuries have surrounded this team from the start, from Mason Volk missing part of the preseason to Trevor and Trace Magee both missing Friday’s contest against Westmoore.

So with district play upon us, with North taking a trip to Midwest City while the Tigers travel to Mustang, a fresh start is something both squads could use. Not that it’s going to get any easier. Mustang (2-1) lost only to Yukon, the same team that topped the Tigers by two points on Friday. A newly-resurgent Midwest City (3-0) is ranked tenth in the state and owns a win over No. 6 Edmond Santa Fe.

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