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.
Standley doesn't plan to address the streak with his team directly.
“We really don't talk about those things,” Standley said. “They don't pertain to what we're trying to do here.
“All these guys care about is the game and that's what we're going to work on.”
When Standley arrived in Norman two years ago, he quickly realized that the pieces were in place for just such a run.
That involves not getting discouraged by streaks, worrying about another team's mystique or letting anything else distract from the ultimate goal.
“These young men, from Day One, they've just been focused from week-to-week and from day-to-day,” Standley said. “It's cliche but that's the way this team has been.
“It's more about what we do as a team and what we can control than anything else.”