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.”
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