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October 7, 2013

Norman North win over Yukon comes with high cost

NORMAN — While Friday’s 45-42 victory over Yukon was huge for Norman North and may have the Timberwolves on track to repeat as District 6A-3 champions, it’s one win that may come with a cost.

Both quarterback David Cornwell and tight end Tyler Sipe went out with injuries during the game, and both could be serious.

The scarier one came when Sipe went down. The tight end laid prone on the ground for nearly 30 minutes before being carted off the field and transferred to the hospital with an apparent neck injury.

The good news is that Sipe had full control of his extremities after the injury, and flashed a thumbs-up to the team as he left the field. That’s a good sign for Sipe because it means it’s likely not a severe spinal cord injury, the most devastating injury any football player could face because they can cause paralysis. Coach Wade Standley described Sipe’s trip to the hospital as precautionary, though there is no timetable for his return.

Likewise, Cornwell’s fate won’t be known for a day or two. The Alabama commit will have tests run and coaches should know more in the coming days.

The senior went down with a right knee injury after trying to secure a loose ball on a blocked punt. Cornwell, who handles the punting duties for the Timberwolves out of the quick kick formation, had to pick up a low snap off the ground to kick it in the second quarter on Friday, and the Millers knocked the ball away, leading to Cornwell’s desperate scramble to recover it.

Warriors roll after delay: While most high school games Friday were able to finish before heavy rains moved in, Washington’s game against Hobart never got out of the first half.

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