NORMAN — Moore came out of Friday’s Big Cat Classic with more than just a lopsided loss. The Lions also suffered a couple of crucial injuries during the 58-14 defeat.
Starting tailback Ryan Lujan has a severely bruised knuckle and is expected to miss this weeks game against U.S. Grant. The senior rushed for 94 yards and got a touchdown against Southmoore before the injury sent him to the bench late in the second half.
“It seems like it’s my knuckle,” Lujan said. “We will find out what’s wrong with it when we get X-rays.”
MHS senior Jordan Norris also came up injured and left the field on crutches after the game against Southmoore. There is no word on his availability against the Generals Friday.
Penalties costing North: Penalties and mental mistakes are to be expected early in the season, but a string of them between Norman North and Westmoore on Friday proved to be the difference. The two teams combined for 28 penalties, with 13 of those coming against North, but the T-Wolves undoubtedly had the more-costly mistakes.
Early in the game North’s Quan Hogan returned a kick to the Westmoore 5-yard line and had the T-Wolves seemingly in position to punch it in, but a holding call brought the ball back into North territory, where the T-Wolves fizzled out. North also had a pass to the goal line canceled out due to a block in the back, and several times committed personal fouls that extended Jaguars’ drives.
With a stingy Midwest City defense on tap for the district opener this week, the Timberwolves cannot afford any mistakes and will look to clean up their game against the Bombers.
Timberwolves’ offense rolling: What may get lost coming out of North’s 45-31 loss to Westmoore on Friday is how successful the T-Wolves were on offense. Their defense gave up more than 600 yards and 45 points, but the offense, led by quarterback David Cornwell and receiver Nick Basquine, gave the team a shot.