It’s a similar story at Putnam City North. The Panthers struggled to an 0-4 start and weren’t competitive in several of those games. But the Panthers have caught fire in the past month and are a surprising 3-1 District 6A-3. That makes tonight’s game, which a month ago looked liked it heavily favored the Timberwolves, into a marquee game that could drastically alter the playoff picture. While a win would leave North with a comfortable lead in the district and two games against teams with a combined 3-11 record, a loss could see the Timberwolves fall as far as third in the standings.
In order to maintain control of the district, Standley said the Timberwolves will have to continue to fine-tune the offense with Kolar under center and improve the continuity with the receiving corps.
Tyler Sipe, an offensive player who made his first start at outside linebacker, bolstered North last week on defense, and the senior adds more athleticism to a defensive unit that has dealt with its share of injuries.
“Tyler provided a tremendous amount of energy and playmaking ability for us,” Standley said. “We played really well at times defensively last week, but we still have to cut down on the big play if we can.”
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