At 5-foot-8 and 170 pounds, Putnam City junior Casey Curtis isn't built like a prototypical workhorse running back.
But his size — or others' questions about it — has never bothered Curtis, who pounded out 205 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries behind strong offensive line play to lead Putnam City to a 37-22 win over Edmond North Thursday night at PC Stadium.
His biggest run of the night — both in yardage and impact — came with Putnam City facing third-and-14 deep in its own territory. At first, the play call looked like a simple attempt to gain a few yards to help out the defense.
But Curtis exploded through a hole up the middle, going 84 yards untouched for a second-quarter touchdown that gave the Pirates a 21-0 lead.
"The offensive line really understood what the situation was," PC quarterback Caleb Lee said. "They opened up a hole and Casey hit it real hard and he was gone."
Edmond North rallied in the second half to get within one score, but never made a serious threat at tying the game or taking the lead.
And with a chance to get back within a touchdown in the final minutes, the Huskies couldn't close out the drive. On fourth-and-goal from the 4, Troy Davis was met just inches short of the goal line by PC linebacker Elie Rushing.
"I saw the running back come out and the linemen coming, so I knew it was a screen pass," Rushing said. "Our coaches taught us to jump on it. I knew I had to get him."