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Casey Curtis, Putnam City run over Choctaw

By Scott Wright, Staff Writer, Modified: September 17, 2010 at 1:11 am •  Published: September 16, 2010

Putnam City running back Casey Curtis rushed for 206 yards Thursday night, the kind of production that a year ago, no one would have thought possible.

Curtis, then a sophomore, was playing slot receiver in the Pirates' spread offense. But this season, with a mostly new offensive line that seems to have a knack for smashmouth football, PC is pounding out yardage on the ground.

Curtis' first career 200-yard game accounted for more than half of the Pirates' 403 yards on the ground in the 42-22 defeat of Choctaw at Putnam City Stadium.

"Once we started running the ball, it felt good, felt like we were gonna stuff it down their throat," said Curtis, a 5-foot-8, 170-pound junior. "Our linemen are hard workers. (Fullback) Reed Brooks was opening up holes, too.

"This is why we put this formation in — to run the ball hard."

Curtis had always been a running back before, so last year's move to receiver was a change. But he's much more comfortable and more productive at tailback.

He carried the ball 23 times with rushing TDs of 4, 64 and 21 yards, the latter coming on a fourth-and-one play early in the fourth quarter that slammed the door on the Yellowjackets. Fellow junior running back Desmond Tilly had a 29-yard TD run on fourth-and-two in the third quarter and finished with 101 yards on nine carries.

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