Every week through football season, SoonerNation writer Bob Przybylo will reveal five things he learned while out on the road watching the best in the Midlands area play football.
1. Linebacker Jordan Evans (Norman, Okla./North) is not done giving up hope for an Oklahoma offer. Evans has been spectacular all season for Norman North and might have saved his best game for his biggest one yet. Evans, playing quarterback in a wildcat formation, had 12 carries for 81 yards and a touchdown. He had an 84-yard kickoff return for a score and still dominated on defense with nine tackles in a 21-6 win against Moore (Okla.) Southmoore. Evans seems like a natural fit at either linebacker or defensive end for the Sooners but is still waiting to see if OU will look in his direction. Evans has been to every single OU home game this season and was at OU-Texas. He is in steady contact with linebackers coach Tim Kish, but he’s still playing the waiting game. It won’t get any easier as Norman North takes on Broken Arrow, Okla., in a quarterfinal matchup featuring 2014 OU targets quarterback Coleman Key, running back Devon Thomas and linebacker Gyasi Akem.
2. With the Norman North victory, the senior season is officially over for the state’s No. 1-ranked prospect defensive end D.J. Ward. Ranked No. 110 in the ESPN 150, Ward didn’t play a snap this season following eligibility issues after transferring to two different schools. Ward was on the sidelines for Moore Southmoore on Friday night but that’s not where everybody wants to see him. He has been in high spirits, or at least as high as can be at this point, but it was incredibly disappointing for Ward and fans of Oklahoma high school football to not see him play this season. The plan is still for Ward to enroll early at OU, and he, too, has been to every OU home game this season.
3. You cannot question the heart of Arizona State commit Michael Farmer (Edmond, Okla./North). The 2014 Sun Devils prospect lost two fumbles in the first half but bounced back in a 34-7 victory against Edmond (Okla.) Memorial. He finished the game with 132 rushing yards and two touchdowns and ran more confident and harder than he has all season. A foot injury derailed him initially and getting to learn the schemes was tough, too, but Farmer is ready. He’ll need to be as Edmond North travels to Jenks, Okla., in a quarterfinal matchup featuring OU commit Jordan Smallwood and OU target 2014 safety Steven Parker.
4. It’s early, and I do mean early but look out for 2015 running back prospect Warren Wand (Edmond, Okla./Memorial). Wand rushed for 80 yards and a touchdown in the loss to Edmond North but showed quick feet. And maybe even better than that, Edmond Memorial coach Justin Merideth cannot say enough good things about Wand’s character and work ethic. On the short side at 5-foot-7 and 170 pounds, but he rushed for nearly 1,800 yards against the best competition the Oklahoma high school scene has to offer as a sophomore.
5. The east side of the state has dominated the 6A landscape for so long. If the west side wants to make a dent in the Jenks-Tulsa Union monopoly, next week is a good place to start. To go along with Edmond North-Jenks and Norman North-Broken Arrow, the must-see matchup of the week is Tulsa Union, the four-time defending champions at Edmond Santa Fe. The Wolves are 10-1 and feature Arkansas safety commit Khari Harding and ESPN Watch List 2014 quarterback Justice Hansen. Friday is a loaded night for quality Oklahoma high school playoff matchups.