It’s a year later. A year removed from the game that essentially put Moore (Okla.) Southmoore quarterback Casey Thompson on everybody’s radar for this season, his sophomore year.
When Southmoore met Norman North last year, it was for a playoff berth. The scenario was simple. Win and make playoffs or lose and go home. Southmoore won 49-42 in overtime with Thompson totaling five touchdowns as a freshman.
This year it’s still a cut-and-dry scenario, but it’s a better one. Win and host a first-round playoff game or lose and go on the road to being the playoff journey.
Thompson, a 2018 recruit, has been nothing short of amazing this season and the plan is for OU offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley to be in attendance.
If Thompson does what he’s done so far this season, Riley will see quite the show. Thompson accounted for 41 total touchdowns in nine games, almost five per contest.
He is 128-of-203 passing for 1,941 yards with 23 touchdowns and four interceptions and has 928 rushing yards and 18 more scores.
But he’s not the lone star recruit on the field in this one. It has been a quality bounce back season for Norman North running back Quan Hogan.
Projected to be among the top players in the state after a stellar sophomore season, Hogan took a step back last season. Not this year as the three-star recruit has played at a high level all season.
Hogan has 194 carries for 1,150 yards and 25 touchdowns. Where he used to be a threat as a runner and receiver, he’s transformed his game to being a pure runner and now we’re starting to see Hogan at his best.
Other names to watch:
2017 Southmoore ATH Quindon Lewis
Lewis continues to shine during his junior season, showing why he is ranked in the Scout 300 for this class. He has 20 receptions for 303 yards with eight touchdowns. Defensively, he remains the starting cornerback and has two interceptions, one that was returned for a touchdown.
2018 Southmoore OL Brey Walker
Walker has made some nice strides in the last month after an uneven first month of the season. Southmoore is averaging more than 485 yards per game and 43 points per contest and Walker’s improvement is a big reason why. Already with the OU offer, Walker has been a frequent visitor to Norman this season.
2017 Norman North TE Charlie Kolar
The younger brother of Oklahoma State quarterback John Kolar, this has been the type of season you expected from Kolar. He has 39 catches for 713 yards and 11 touchdowns. Norman North has a lot of receiving weapons, but Kolar’s size helps him stand out among everybody else.
More names to watch:
Southmoore WR Dunya Rice; Southmoore DE Noah Jones (Texas Tech commit); Norman North OL Walker Reed; 2017 Norman North LB Cade Mashburn; 2018 Southmoore DB Rae’Quan Wicks.