By Corbin Hosler
The Norman Transcript
NORMAN — When Norman North lined up to take its first snap against U.S. Grant Thursday night at Harve Collins Field, the biggest question would be whether junior John Kolar was ready to take the reins of an offense that had lost its starter in senior David Cornwell.
Kolar didn’t take long to answer. On the very first play from scrimmage of his first career start, he went through a textbook dropback and then aired out a deep ball to wide receiver Nick Basuquine. Thirty-five yards down the ball landed squarely in the chest of his receiver, in stride.
It was one of the few times Kolar got to show up off his ability in North’s 54-0 victory over U.S. Grant. The Generals (0-6), who suited up just 19 players and were overmatched from the start, quickly fell behind and prompted North (4-2, 3-0) coach Wade Standley to bring in the backups on the way to a 54-0 victory.
But Kolar was impressive in the limited snaps he got. He completed deep balls to Basquine as well as tight end Payton Prince, throwing for two touchdowns while completing five of his eight passes. Two of the incompletions came on balls his receivers dropped, while the completions were spot-on.
“John did a good job tonight, as I thought all of our guys did,” Standley said after the game. “He threw some nice passes for us tonight.”
The competition will undoubtedly get tougher for Kolar, beginning with what could amount to a district championship this week against Edmond North. But Thursday’s game was important for Kolar and the rest of the offense, as they were able to work on their timing and coordination in a game environment.
It’s an experience Kolar won’t soon forget, and one he said would be helpful as the T-Wolves prepare for Edmond North.
“It definitely helps me become more comfortable,” said Kolar, who returned to his natural position of quarterback after spending the first half of the season at receiver. “The transition from receiver to quarterback couldn’t have gone better, and I felt good out there. It was great to finally get to start. Now we’re looking ahead to next week. We’ve got a big game.”
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