High school football notepad: Injuries pile up for Norman North ahead of trip to Owasso

Nicholas Rutledge / For The Transcript

Norman North's Gabe Trevillison carries the ball for a Timberwolves touchdown early in the first quarter during the team's Sept. 27 at Mustang. Trevillison is questionable for this week's North contest at Owasso.

Norman North could be without its leading rusher and tackler on Friday.

Junior running back Gabe Trevillison and senior linebacker Jake Landers are questionable for North’s game at 6A-I’s No. 1-ranked Owasso.

Trevillison leads the Timberwolves with 427 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 69 carries but missed last week’s game against Moore with an injury.

Landers, who has 47 tackles, five tackles for loss and two sacks this season, is dealing with a lower-leg injury.

“It creates a big challenge,” North coach Justin Jones said, “maybe an opportunity for some of these other guys to go play the No. 1 team in the state, but we have to manage the entire season. We got to look at where we're at and we'll go put a good product on the field and give Owasso everything we've got.”

Jones said the staff is evaluating both players on a day-by-day basis and they'll be game-time decisions.

It’s likely both will be held out, however, as they deal with their respective health issues, according to Jones.

The T-Wolves will also be without starting linebacker Riley Barker, who was flagged for targeting last week against Moore. Barker has a team second-best 44 tackles and three tackles for loss.

• Goodson's recruitment picking up: Grant Goodson picked up two Division I offers in as many days this week.

The Norman high offensive lineman announced Western Illinois offered him on Monday. Then on Tuesday, he announced a Missouri State offer.

“He's a big guy and has a big frame,” NHS coach Rocky Martin said of Goodson. “He's got long arms. ... I think he had a really good summer. And I think he got stronger, which has helped him so far through five weeks and I think he's coming along well. And he's going to continue to get better.”

• Pushing for the playoffs: The race for District 6A-I-2's postseason spots took an interesting turn last Friday.

Mustang beat Union, 23-21, a week after losing to North, putting Union at 0-2 in district play with Edmond North and Southmoore.

Jones doesn’t subscribe to the theory that North’s win over Mustang means it’ll beat Union. He believes quite the opposite of the unpredictable 6A-I district.

“There is a lot of parity,” Jones said. “I think for us at this level, you can be beaten on any given night by any team, and you can be blown out on any given night and you can blow a team out on any given night just based on how the ebbs and flows of games go.”

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