High school football: Norman North looks toward Jenks

Timberwolves have real respect for Jenks and also carry burden of entire side of state.
by Ryan Aber Published: November 24, 2012
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Still celebrating his team's 49-42 win over Owasso on Friday night in the Class 6A semifinals at Union-Tuttle Stadium, Norman North linebacker Jordan Evans briefly thought ahead.

“I heard they're good,” Evans said of the Timberwolves' next opponent, Jenks, with a shrug. “We've got to play as good as we can to come out with a win.

“Our job is not done, though.”

Evans' casual respect for the Trojans, though, hides a very real respect for what Jenks has accomplished.

In the last 16 years, Jenks has won nine state championships. Tulsa Union has won the other seven as no West-side team has taken a title in the state's largest class since Midwest City in 1995.

Now, in addition to their own goals, the Timberwolves also carry the burden of playing for the entire side of the state.

Norman North coach Wade Standley knows plenty about what has built the Jenks-Union streak.

Standley was a longtime assistant under Bill Blankenship and Kirk Fridrich at Union.


by Ryan Aber
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Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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