NORMAN — It’s already a landmark year for Norman North. The Timberwolves have climbed to No. 4 in the Class 6A rankings and are considered by many to be the best team from this side of the state. North has to win just one of its two remaining games to secure a district championship and it would take the unlikeliest of scenarios for the T-Wolves (7-1, 5-0) to fall any further than second place in District 6A-3.
That means there will be playoff football played in Norman, and anticipation is running high in the North locker room.
“I can’t even describe the excitement level,” senior Bryan Payne said. “We’re just ready for the playoffs to begin.”
But that start is still two weeks away, and there is plenty of regular-season football left for North. With the T-Wolves’ next two opponents sitting at a combined 4-12, it’s understandable that they are playing with an eye to the future. But that doesn’t mean the Timberwolves are any less focused on the task at hand: Defeating Moore when the two teams meet 7 p.m. today on Harve Collins Field and secure a district championship.
And focus isn’t something coach Wade Standley is worried about his team lacking.
“You don’t want to peak in Week 8 or Week 9, so you’ve got to keep getting better every week, no matter who you’re playing,” he said. “And these guys are doing that. They come in and stay focused every day.”
Led by a large group of seniors, this Timberwolves squad has proven throughout the season that they are capable of staying focused on the task at hand. They bounced back in a big way after an early season loss to Westmoore, and they showed last week that it wasn’t a fluke.