The Norman Transcript

Sports

August 30, 2013

T-Wolves make strides on defense

MUSTANG — The biggest name for Norman North may not have shown up able to play, but one group — one that could possibly even be more important for the Timberwolves — did.

The T-Wolves defense stopped Southmoore on three consecutive fourth-down plays as North walked out of the two-quarter scrimmage with a 7-0 victory. It was the last scrimmage before North opens the season next Thursday with NHS and came in a fashion reminiscent of last year’s state runner-up squad.

North quarterback David Cornwell, who made his Timberwolves’ debut in an impressive performance against Edmond Santa Fe last week before injuring his ankle on a goal-line play, didn’t suit up on Thursday. Coach Wade Standley said before the scrimmage that Cornwell’s status was uncertain, and though he had noticeably improved since then, coaches didn’t feel comfortable risking aggravating the injury a week before the season opener.

While Cornwell was out, the T-Wolves made up for it on the other side of the ball. Even without a single starter from last year’s team on the field Thursday, the Timberwolves did what they’ve done best in three seasons under Standley: play solid defense. They had some trouble with Southmoore’s power rushing game, but on three straight possessions were able to stuff the SaberCats when it mattered.

“Seeing them fly to the football, that’s what I’m excited about,” Standley said of the unit. “I loved the intensity. We got better this week.”

While the defense sealed the game, backup quarterback John Kolar showed he had what it took to march the team down the field. While the Timberwolves ended up with many fewer possessions than last week’s extended scrimmage, they were effective when they did have it.

The lone score of the game came early when Kolar found wide receiver Nick Basquine on a short route in the end zone. The T-Wolves also had solid contributions again from sophomore running back Quan Hogan, who has shown in two weeks of scrimmages that he’s ready to carry much of the load for North.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
  • Clash Football It’s a whole new ball game for Tigers and Timberwolves

    With just over two weeks until football practice officially begins Aug. 11, everyone is busy preparing for the upcoming season. After all, it’s one that will be unlike any other....

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Brace yourselves for what is likely bumpy road to playoffs

    In October of 2005, back when Butch Peters had Norman High ranked No. 5 on the gridiron and Karin Sexson had Norman North ranked No. 1 on the volleyball court, I wrote a column under the headline: “Two great teams … Who cares.” It was all ...

    July 30, 2014

  • USA Basketball Durant tells media that he’s not looking too far ahead

    While most of the NBA’s offseason has been focused on players going home, max contracts and who gets Kevin Love, the reigning MVP has been pretty low key. Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant has stayed in the shadows for the most part while ...

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Cody adds former champions Maple, Howe as assistants

    A great wrestler doesn’t necessarily make a great wrestling coach. On the other hand, it’s not a bad place to start....

    July 30, 2014

  • Hamlin crew chief out 6 races

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR suspended Denny Hamlin’s crew chief and car chief on Tuesday for six races because the Joe Gibbs Racing entry failed inspection following his third-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Darian Grubb and ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Bell focuses on every facet of his game

    LATROBE, Pa. — Le’Veon Bell kept watching the tape over and over, equal parts pleased and puzzled by what he saw....

    July 30, 2014

  • Sam factor may ready Rams for sensitivity class

    ST. LOUIS — To guard against another bullying scandal, NFL teams are holding sensitivity sessions during training camp....

    July 30, 2014

  • Romo skips full-pad session for the first time at camp

    OXNARD, Calif. — The Dallas Cowboys are taking it easy with Tony Romo’s back....

    July 30, 2014

  • Vikings hire help for Kluwe talks

    MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings have hired the attorney who investigated the Miami Dolphins bullying scandal and another who played a prominent role in the fight for marriage equality to help in settlement talks with former punter ...

    July 30, 2014

  • Cards’ Abraham charged with DUI

    ATLANTA — Authorities say Arizona Cardinals linebacker John Abraham was arrested on a drunken driving charge a month ago in the Atlanta area. Abraham has been absent from the team’s training camp since Friday....

    July 30, 2014

Facebook