By Corbin Hosler and Michael Kinney
The Norman Transcript
NORMAN — When starting quarterback David Cornwell went out with a season-ending knee injury midway through the season, it forced Norman North’s offense to adjust. But it wasn’t just a midseason adjustment, it was an adjustment from everything the Timberwolves have done since coach Wade Standley arrived three years ago.
The reason is quarterback John Kolar. The junior brought something to the field that North hasn’t had in recent memory: a truly dual-threat quarterback.
Cornwell was an effective scrambler, but made his living as a pocket passer. Kolar, on the other hand, is just as dangerous with his feet as he is with his arm. That’s opened up the playbook for coaches, as both Kolar and running back Quan Hogan bring an explosiveness to the backfield that’s deadly in combination.
The advantages were evident on Friday in a 49-32 win over Lawton Eisenhower. Hogan rushed for 77 yards and a pair of scores, while Kolar broke out for 118 yards on just 15 attempts.
The Timberwolves are 5-1 since Kolar stepped in and will enter the playoffs as the District 6A-3 champions. It’s a long way from where Kolar expected to be when the season began with him lining up at receiver.
“I really didn’t see myself playing quarterback this year,” he said after accepting his “district champions” shirt on Friday night. “It’s unbelievable to be in this position.”
Mustang boast dynamic backfield: Norman North will host Mustang at 7 p.m. Friday for the first round of the Class 6A playoffs in what could be the closest 1-4 matchup in the state.
The reason is due to how deep Mustang’s District 6A-4 was. The Broncos earned their playoff berth by upsetting Southmoore last week, due in large part to the backfield combination of Frankie Edwards and Chandler Garrett.
Edwards started the season at quarterback but moved to running back a month in so that sophomore quarterback Garrett could find the field. Garrett, a sharp passer an effective runner in his own right, allows the Broncos to stretch the field while Edwards provides an explosive punch out of the backfield or in the slot.
It’s a challenge the Timberwolves must gameplan for entering Friday’s contest.
Warren sets school record: Entering the regular season finale against Norman High, there was some chance that Lawton would rest its stars. The third-ranked Wolverines had already locked up the District 6A-4 title and had some injury concerns.
But the Wolverines did play its best, and running back Michael Warren used the opportunity to set a school record in the process. With 237 all-purpose yards, Warren broke a school record for total yards that had stood since 1971 in the Wolverines’ storied program.
Hansen out for season: Edmond Santa Fe snuck into the playoffs from District 6A-4 and will open the playoffs at Midwest City this week, but the Wolves will do so without star quarterback and OU commit Justice Hansen.
Hansen suffered a high ankle sprain in a loss to Lawton a month ago. He was initially expected to return quickly but instead won’t take the field again until he arrives in Norman.
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