Two Oklahoma high school teams that came in with completely different expectations for the 2014 season. Now Norman North and Moore Southmoore are on the same path.
Forget figuring out district tie-breaker points and stuff like that. It’s easy. Win, and you move onto the state playoffs next week. Lose, and you go home.
Norman North was thought to be a contender for best team on the west side of the state but has stumbled often en route to a 5-4 record. Southmoore , predicted to be one year away, has exceeded expectations at 3-6 and has turned it around since an 0-3 start.
It’s all on the line 7 p.m. Friday at Moore High School.
Quarterback John Kolar (committed to Oklahoma State): At times he has looked brilliant. At others, he has struggled. Kolar is 114-of-223 passing for 2,058 yards with 22 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He has also rushed for 361 yards and two scores.
2016 running back Quan Hogan: His numbers are down across the board, but he still has 15 touchdowns this season. Hogan has rushed for 667 yards with 10 scores and has 30 receptions for 585 yards and five touchdowns.
2016 offensive lineman Walker Reed: Has definitely cemented himself as one of the top linemen prospects for the class. Improved a lot from last year, and Oklahoma State seems to be the school showing the most interest right now.
2016 defensive lineman Corey Tipsword: Coming off a phenomenal camp season, Tipsword hasn’t been able to put it all together as a junior. Injuries have hampered him some, and he hasn’t shown that explosiveness. He has 32 tackles this season.
2017 ATH Charlie Kolar: A name to watch, the younger brother of John might even be bigger than his brother already. Playing tight end this season, Charlie Kolar has 26 catches for 361 yards and five touchdowns.
2016 ATH Noah Jones: One of the more intriguing prospects to watch next season because of the way his body develops. This year he has been a factor as a defensive end with 38 tackles and two sacks.
2017 defensive back Quindon Lewis: An early favorite for best prospect in the state for the class, Lewis is the lone in-state four-star prospect by Scout right now. He has shown flashes of why he’s coveted so much with 13 catches for 193 yards and a touchdown and 24 tackles on defense.
2017 linebacker Gervarrius Owens: Owens and Lewis are going to make one heck of an offense-defense combo for the next two years, and Owens hasn’t done too badly, either. He has one receiving touchdown with 69 tackles and three sacks.
2018 quarterback Casey Thompson: A huge reason why Southmoore is in this position is because of the next Thompson, younger brother of Kendal. Casey has been thrown to the wolves and has responded. He is 60-of-129 passing for 716 yards with four touchdowns and six interceptions and has also rushed for 432 yards and four touchdowns. Again, just a freshman playing against the best in the state.