Which may be good news for the team. Nation has always stressed to his team how little the first few games of a season can mean. He points to Class 5A’s Carl Albert, a team that started 1-5 a year ago before turning it around on the way to a state championship.
“The first three games don’t mean anything, but we know we’ve got our work cut out for us,” he said. “Edmond Santa Fe is a great football team, and their quarterback [OU commit Justice Hanson] is a difference-maker. Lawton is undefeated, and there’s a lot of improved teams this year.”
That extends as far down at Putnam City West, a team that traditionally finishes at the bottom of the pack but this year is off to a 2-1 start under second-year coach Rocky Martin.
The road to the playoffs may be a little easier for North, which competes in District 6A-3, but that doesn’t mean it will be easy.
The first two district games may be the toughest, with Midwest City this week and 2-1 Yukon the next. While there are several other talented teams in the district, including Edmond North and Lawton Eisenhower, it’s the first two games on the schedule that will determine the most about how highly the T-Wolves can finish.
The timing isn’t great for North, which practiced on Monday with five of its defensive starters dealing with injuries, but the T-Wolves aren’t making any excuses.
“Coach has been telling us these next two weeks could be like two district championship games,” quarterback David Cornwell said. “Now the games count for real. We’ve still got a lot of new pieces to work in, but I love going to work with these guys every day.”
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