NORMAN — When starting quarterback David Cornwell went out with a season-ending knee injury midway through the season, it forced Norman North’s offense to adjust. But it wasn’t just a midseason adjustment, it was an adjustment from everything the Timberwolves have done since coach Wade Standley arrived three years ago.
The reason is quarterback John Kolar. The junior brought something to the field that North hasn’t had in recent memory: a truly dual-threat quarterback.
Cornwell was an effective scrambler, but made his living as a pocket passer. Kolar, on the other hand, is just as dangerous with his feet as he is with his arm. That’s opened up the playbook for coaches, as both Kolar and running back Quan Hogan bring an explosiveness to the backfield that’s deadly in combination.
The advantages were evident on Friday in a 49-32 win over Lawton Eisenhower. Hogan rushed for 77 yards and a pair of scores, while Kolar broke out for 118 yards on just 15 attempts.
The Timberwolves are 5-1 since Kolar stepped in and will enter the playoffs as the District 6A-3 champions. It’s a long way from where Kolar expected to be when the season began with him lining up at receiver.
“I really didn’t see myself playing quarterback this year,” he said after accepting his “district champions” shirt on Friday night. “It’s unbelievable to be in this position.”
Mustang boast dynamic backfield: Norman North will host Mustang at 7 p.m. Friday for the first round of the Class 6A playoffs in what could be the closest 1-4 matchup in the state.
The reason is due to how deep Mustang’s District 6A-4 was. The Broncos earned their playoff berth by upsetting Southmoore last week, due in large part to the backfield combination of Frankie Edwards and Chandler Garrett.