The Norman Transcript

November 2, 2013

Hogan leads Timberwolves past Lions

By Michael Kinney
The Norman Transcript

MOORE — Quan Hogan has had some big nights in his brief career at Norman North. The sophomore has been a key figure in helping the Timberwolves replace last year’s state title contending team.

However, Hogan has never had a performance like he displayed Friday during North’s 49-14 dismantling of Moore at Moore Stadium. The speedy tailback reached the end zone six times after entering the game with nine touchdowns.

“We just came out and fought hard,” Hogan said. “I have to give all the credit to my linemen. They have been working hard, getting on their blocks and stuff. Today, everything was just there and we were hitting everything.”

To go along with his six touchdowns, Hogan finished the night with 112 rushing yards and 96 receiving yards. When it was all said and done, even his coach was impressed with with the numbers Hogan compiled.

“I didn’t even know that,” North coach Wade Standley said. “Wow. I knew it was a bunch.”

With both Edmond North and Putnam City North losing Friday, the Timberwolves (6-3, 5-1) are once again all alone in first place in District 6A-3 and have locked up a spot in the postseason. But they will need a win next week over Lawton Eisenhower to claim a district title.

“Our focus each week is take care of the T-Wolves,” Standley said. “I’ve said all along every one of these district games are equally important. That is certainly true for next week. We have to come out, bring our A-game, and make sure we play our best football Friday night against Lawton Ike.”

The Lions’ (1-8, 1-4) job was made even tougher having to play without the services of tailback Ryan Lujan. The senior injured his MCL during practice this week and will miss the rest of the season. They lost another four players to injuries during the game.

In Lujan’s place, middle linebacker Tyler Buckles got the start in the backfield. While they still had success with Buckless, the Lions were missing the explosive plays from the position.

Hogan put the T-Wolves on the board first with a 47-yard touchdown run midway through the first quarter.

He done. He scored twice more on two of the Timberwolves’ next three possessions to give his team a 21-0 advantage with 10:08 left in first half.

With no Lujan, North tried to key on quarterback Jordan Bernhardy. The senior was able to rush for 117 yards, but he was unable to connect on very many downfield passes.

That was not a problem for North. Quarterback John Kolar hit Nick Basquine for a 52-yard pass play down to the Lions’ 8-yard line. Two plays later Kolar scored on a designed quarterback run.

Moore got on the scoreboard when North lined up to punt and the ball was snapped over the punter’s head and out of the end zone. North led 28-2 at halftime.

The second half started just like the first with a pair of touchdowns from Hogan. The first came on a 2-yard run. The next possession, he decided to show off his receiving skills with a 78-yard reception down the middle of the field.

“He’s a very explosive player,” Standley said. “He did a great job in space. Just made some outstanding runs. Just really proud of him.”

The Lions scored their first touchdown late in the third quarter when junior Austin Arnett weaved his way through the North defense for a 65-yard score. It gave the Lions’ sideline a little bit of life.

However, Hogan quickly diminished it when he took the ensuing kick-off back 71 yards for a touchdown to put the game away.

“My shoe popped off so I was hoping I didn’t slip and fall,” Hogan said. “But we got it done. It was mainly for us to get that bitter taste out of our mouth from PC North last week. It’s real special. We are just ready.”

Michael Kinney

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