NORMAN — While all the attention before the game may be on the injured David Cornwell, the Alabama commit who isn’t expected to start at quarterback for Norman North this week, once the Timberwolves kick off against U.S. Grant, attention will shift to John Kolar, who will be under center.
Kolar, the junior quarterback who came in for the injured Cornwell a week ago and led North (3-2, 2-0) to a comeback victory over Yukon, has proven that he has the tools to keep the offense moving. And doing so under pressure last week was more than enough to impress his coach.
“John played lights out,” coach Wade Standley said. “He came in and commanded the offense and made some big-time plays for us. We’ve got some great players around him, and they all make plays. John’s going to keep doing a good job for us.”
As the Timberwolves prepare to host winless U.S. Grant at 7 p.m. today at Harve Collins Field, Kolar won’t be under the same pressure he was last week. That game was one that likely will have ramifications on the district title race, while tonight’s game against an overmatched U.S. Grant squad figures to be one in which the Timberwolves work to integrate Kolar into the offense and stay healthy ahead of next week’s showdown against Edmond North (3-2, 2-0).
Not that the T-Wolves are approaching it that way.
“We have to get better this week, no matter who we’re playing,” Standley said. “We have to focus on ourselves and being more consistent. We’ve got to continue to improve up front offensively and develop a rhythm.”
Almost as important for North as getting better is staying healthy in tonight’s game. Besides next week’s contest against Edmond North, the T-Wolves have a very favorable schedule that they could run to an undefeated district record and a second straight title.