Norman North Hosts Midnight Practice; Nearly 1,000 Fans Show Up

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(Norman, OK) - Only a handful of teams in Oklahoma hosted a midnight practice to start the season, but none of the others had what Norman North did.

Nearly 1,000 fans packed the school's football field as the Timberwolves opened fall football practice.

The team didn't even scrimmage. It was simply a football practice.

Junior Cassidy Cooper, who helped organize the event, said, "Our jaws were dropped just watching waves of people come in."

Drew Hill, a junior who also put on the first annual event said, "What we expected and what we wanted was to fill our stands and we didn't even know if we'd get that much, but what we got was we overflowed our stands and so just to get that, it just blows our minds."

Spectators on hand had their first chance to take in new head coach Brent Barnes. Barnes takes over for Wade Standley who accepted a head coaching job with Ada.

Barnes has spent the last four seasons as the Offensive Coordinator at North so he's quite familiar with the squad.

That knowledge will come in handy too as he tries to replace departed quarterback John Kolar who is now at Oklahoma State.

Senior Cameron Hardesty and Brandon Marquadt, a junior, are in a stiff battle for the starting signal caller spot for the T-Wolves.

As always, Norman North opens the season against Norman in the Crosstown Clash on Thursday, September 3rd at Owen Field.