One of the state’s biggest storylines to come out of Friday night’s football games was the knee injury suffered by Norman North quarterback and Alabama commit David Cornwell in the 45-42 win at Yukon.
Norman North coach Wade Standley said Saturday that he doesn’t expect to know anything more on the severity of Cornwell’s injury until Monday.
Cornwell sustained the right knee injury late in the first half. He was punting out of the shotgun formation, but the snap was low and Yukon blocked it. During the scramble for the ball, Cornwell plants his right leg and goes down amid the pile-up. He very possibly prevented a Yukon touchdown, as you can see in the video below, but the price might be hefty.
For those unfamiliar with Norman North, this is a punting formation they use fairly regularly, particularly in fourth-and-short situations to keep the defense off balance. In the three games I’ve seen the Timberwolves play this season, I can hardly remember anyone getting close to blocking it. It’s really impressive to watch, because Cornwell generally steps in with his left foot as he’s catching the snap, then kicks it with the right in one smooth, quick motion. And he’s generally pretty successful, distance-wise.
As you’ll see in the video, the low snap throws off his routine, and a Yukon player runs free up the middle for the block. Thanks to Van Shea Iven of the Oklahoma High School Sports Express for sharing the video clip.