Last week it was Channing Meyer and D.J. Gasso in the T-Wolves’ secondary, rising to the occasion on third and fourth down deep in North territory. Gasso came up with a huge tackle for loss and a pass break-up, while Meyer intercepted one pass and broke up another one.
“It’s someone different all the time,” Standley said. “It’s huge to have guys like that on your team. Not only do they have great heart, great character and play hard all the time, but they also step up and make a big play when you need it.”
None of which surprises North’s second-year coach.
“I get to see it every day in practice,” he said. “These guys have the ability to change games, and I’m not at all surprised when I see them do it.”
Heading into Friday’s showdown with a storied Jenks program, Evans said the reason the T-Wolves have been able to exceed expectations is because they don’t get flustered. It’s a trait that was on full display last week, when the T-Wolves rallied after losing a sizable lead and then falling behind to Owasso, only to respond with a string of defensive stands to eke out a 49-42 victory.
“Even if we’re down like we were last week, we stay calm,” he said. “We know we can come back and make plays, and that gives us some confidence when things go wrong. If that happens on Friday, we’re not going to panic. We know we have what it takes to come back.”
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