Drake Stoops, a junior wide receiver for Norman North (Okla.), is making a name for himself. That is no small task when you have a twin brother, Isaac, starring at cornerback on the same undefeated team.
And, oh yeah, their father is Bob Stoops, the head coach of the perennially powerful University of Oklahoma football team since 1999.
Okla. football royalty status aside, no amount of name recognition can make a player come down with a catch like the one Stoops made during Friday night’s 42-40 playoff win over Westmoore.
Watch as the closely-defended Stoops runs under the pretty pass from quarterback Brandon Marquardt, snags it with his left hand, then cradles it a bit with his right as he comes down for the score. That 16-yard, second-quarter TD proved to be crucial in keeping the Timberwolves unbeaten (11-0) as they advanced to face Mustang in Friday’s second round of the playoffs.
Here’s the play from the eye-in-the-sky angle.
This is no out-of-nowhere play from Drake Stoops, as his 72 catches for 1,277 yards and 16 touchdowns are among the best numbers in the state, per the Norman Transcript. In Friday night’s win, he had seven catches for 106 yards.
None was prettier than this one, of course.