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October 25, 2013

PC North has become big target

NORMAN — Calling 2013 a season of surprises for Norman North may be an understatement. The Timberwolves have been through the gamut this year, with injuries, setbacks and more than a little late-game drama sprinkled in.

Through it all, one thing has been consistent for the Timberwolves — they’ve found ways to win. Now, they’re just two wins away from repeating as District 6A-3 champions, something that seemed unlikely after a 1-2 start in which North gave up 38, 38 and 45 points.

An opening-night loss to Norman High in the Crosstown Clash showed the holes North had early in the season. An inexperienced offensive line proved porous and a young defense gave up too many big plays.

Things seemed to be getting on track for North after a last-second field goal upset Midwest City in the district opener, but a season-ending knee injury to quarterback David Cornwell shortly before halftime against Yukon seemed like it may spiral things out of control for North.

But after falling behind 14 points in that game, junior quarterback John Kolar stepped up for North, leading the T-Wolves to a comeback victory on another last-second field goal. They followed that up with a big win over U.S. Grant and a huge win over Edmond North that put the Timberwolves (5-2, 5-0) in control of their own championship destiny.

“We knew John was going to be a good quarterback,” coach Wade Standley said. “He’s a really good athlete and there’s no question he’s come in and commanded the offense and made good decisions. I’m proud of the way he’s taken it on.”

That leadership has translated into a top-10 ranking and a chance to set North up for a favorable playoff seed for the second time in Standley’s three years at the helm.

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