The Norman Transcript

Sports

September 11, 2013

Silver linings in the defense

(Continued)

NORMAN —

And while it takes a deeper look to see it, Standley believes his team improved in Week 1 against NHS.

“It’s just a young team that has to continue to get better each week,” he said. “We’ve got to eliminate the big plays, but we saw a lot of things we liked.”

One of those things is linebacker Mason Volk. The junior sat out North’s first scrimmage but has made tremendous progress since, anchoring a T-Wolves’ linebacking corps that is a key component to North’s bend-but-don’t-break defensive approach. Against NHS, he was involved in most plays and made several big tackles at the line of scrimmage.

“He had a really good game for us,” Standley said. “He’s in the process of becoming a really good football player. And all of those guys at linebacker in particular made plays and played well for us.”

It’s a group that will be tested again on Friday when they travel to face Class 5A’s No. 10 Del City, a squad with speed to spare in the backfield and on the edge.

“It’s always important to go out and get a win, but it’s more about us showing improvement and playing better,” Standley said. “Typically between Week 1 and Week 2, you see great improvement, and I expect that for us this week.”

Corbin Hosler

Follow me @Chosler88

chosler@normantranscript.com

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
  • No new updates into police probe of Norman assault incident

    There were no updates in the Norman Police investigation into the incident that left a female University of Oklahoma student with multiple facial fractures on Saturday and Sooner freshman running back Joe Mixon as the focus of the probe....

    July 27, 2014

  • Furyk take three shot lead at the Canadian Open

    Associated Press MONTREAL — Jim Furyk moved into position for his third Canadian Open victory, shooting a 5-under 65 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead at Royal Montreal....

    July 27, 2014

  • Pair from U.S. will play for Junior title

    THE WOODLANDS, Texas — Davis Riley outlasted Sam Horsfield on the 21st hole Friday in the U.S. Junior Amateur to set up an all-American final against William Zalatoris....

    July 27, 2014

  • Gordon an Indy threat in 20 years at the Brickyard

    INDIANAPOLIS — The reminders that Jeff Gordon won here 20 years ago plaster Indianapolis Motor Speedway....

    July 27, 2014

  • Dillon races to first career Nationwide win

    INDIANAPOLIS — For a first time winner, Ty Dillon had the Brickyard’s winning tradition down as cold as the celebratory beer he chugged outside his car. “We get to kiss the bricks, baby!” he radioed as he crossed the finish line....

    July 27, 2014

  • Zac Selmon joins UNC as associate AD

    Zac Selmon, an associate director of athletic development with the Sooner Club since 2012, has been hired by North Carolina as an associate athletic director and special assistant to Tar Heel athletics director Bubba Cunningham....

    July 28, 2014

  • Italy’s Nibali cruises to Tour victory

    PARIS — Vincenzo Nibali put his lungs and legs to work one last time, marching up to the winner’s podium of the Tour de France and sighing deeply before the Italian anthem echoed over the Champs-Elysees....

    July 28, 2014

  • Jeff Gordon wins at Indianapolis for record fifth time

    INDIANAPOLIS — With a tinge of gray hair at his temples, his hat on backward and his two young children by his side, Jeff Gordon celebrated as if he was 23 years old again. Gordon won a NASCAR-record fifth Brickyard 400 on Sunday, eight ...

    July 28, 2014

  • Scott says he will coach Lakers

    LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers have waited nearly three months to hire a new coach, and they’re apparently making Byron Scott wait a few more days....

    July 28, 2014

  • BoSox snap Rays’ streak

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — David Ortiz hit a three-run homer, and the Boston Red Sox beat Tampa Bay 3-2 Sunday to end a five-game losing streak and stop the Rays’ longest winning streak in 10 years at nine games....

    July 28, 2014

Facebook