The Norman North football program is keeping news about the extent of quarterback David Cornwell's right knee injury private for the time being, leaving his status for this week and the rest of the season unknown.
Coach Wade Standley told The Oklahoman on Tuesday that he had no updates he could share on the condition of the Alabama commitment's knee injury, suffered late in the first half of last Friday's 45-42 win at Yukon. Standley said on Saturday that Cornwell had been to see a doctor and was expected to learn the extent of the injury on Monday.
Norman North hosts winless U.S. Grant Thursday night, making it unlikely that the Timberwolves would try to push Cornwell back into action this week. But Norman North has its toughest remaining district game on Oct. 18, when it travels to face Edmond North.
In a bit of good news, Standley said that tight end Tyler Sipe practiced with the team Monday. Sipe suffered a scary neck injury at Yukon.
He remained on the turf for nearly 30 minutes before being strapped to a back board and carted to an ambulance on a stretcher. The precautionary hospital visit showed only a strained neck muscle.
OSSAA TO VOTE ON FOOTBALL DISTRICTS
The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association board of directors will vote on the new football districts for the 2014-15 seasons during Wednesday's monthly board meeting.
Among the changes to the districts will be the new divisions in Class 6A.
Also on the agenda for the meeting is general discussion regarding the recently completed interim study by the state House of Representatives, which is likely to result in legislation being proposed regarding the oversight of the OSSAA.
PURCELL'S DEFENSE SHINING
First-year Purcell coach Greg Willis has been impressed with his defense lately.
After shutting out Madill on Friday and allowing just 9 passing yards, the Dragons have allowed just 11.6 points per game this season.
“We're not very complicated on defense,” Willis said. “We just try to make sure we get our guys in the right position to be successful. They're just reacting well and playing good football right now.”
Sophomore outside linebacker Jake Combest is off to a strong start. He returned an interception for a touchdown Friday and returned a fumble for a touchdown the previous week against Pauls Valley.
Purcell (4-1, 2-0 District 3A-4) travels to No. 7 Plainview on Friday.
WELLSTON HAS BEST GAME SINCE 2005
Wellston picked up its first victory of the season Friday, routing Drumright 34-6, and in the process enjoyed its best game since the 2005 season.
The Tigers have not had much success since going 7-4 in 2005, winning just six games leading up to this season.
But Friday's was the first victory that Wellston has held an opponent to six or less points in since beating Maysville 28-6 on Oct. 7, 2005. It's also the first time the Tigers have won by 28 or more points since beating Drumright 37-7 on Nov. 4, 2005.
“We've got a bunch of kids that had been injured and we got several of them back this week, so that helped us out,” Wellston coach Fred Peery said.
The Tigers were dominant on the ground, too. They rushed for 204 yards, with quarterback Jacob Harriet rushing for 120 yards and three touchdowns. Running back Colton Ebers also rushed for 138 yards and two touchdowns.
Wellston (1-4, 0-1 District 2A-5) travels to Mounds this week.