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October 17, 2013

Norman North’s Cornwell won’t take another snap this season

NORMAN — The writing was on the wall for Norman North quarterback David Cornwell, but the Alabama commit made it official on Wednesday: he won’t play again this season.

Cornwell told AL.com, an Alabama-based website, that he won’t return to the field this season but still expects to enroll at Alabama in the spring and compete for the starting job in the fall for the defending BCS champions.

What isn’t clear is the exact nature of the injury. Cornwell didn’t announce the details, but said he will have surgery. There is no timetable for his return to the field.

Cornwell injured his knee against Yukon two weeks ago on a blocked punt. He left the game and returned to the field on crutches and in street clothes. He was absent from last week’s 54-0 victory over U.S. Grant while having his knee examined.

In his place is junior John Kolar, who led North (4-2, 3-0) to a comeback victory over Yukon and the big victory last week. The Timberwolves prepare to travel to Edmond North (4-2, 3-0) this week, in a game that will outline the race for the District 6A-3 title.

While the Timberwolves will miss Cornwell under center, coach Wade Standley said the team is focused on moving forward and reaching the goals they’ve set for themselves.

“Our goal is still to improve every week and put ourselves in a position to make the playoffs and a position to win in the playoffs,” he said. “To do that, we have to win these district games.”

In the four-and-a-half games Cornwell played, he totaled 1,445 yards passing with a 61 percent completion rate. He tallied 12 touchdowns while throwing just two interceptions, and was improving as the season went on, and the offense — particularly the line — matured around him.

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