It wasn't about being flashy. It wasn't about finesse.
It was about blocking and tackling better than the other guy.
Putnam City North defeated Moore 35-7 Thursday night a Putnam City Stadium with a simple, old-fashioned football approach, where defense plus run game equals victory.
The Panthers (3-2 overall, 1-1 District 6A-3) pounded out 257 rushing yards and held Moore (1-4, 1-1) to 140 — 75 of which came on the Lions' opening drive when they found the end zone for a 7-0 lead.
“That first drive, we were relaxing and trying to figure out what to do,” PC North linebacker Ruben Hunter said. “The coaches talked to us, and we got more aggressive up front. We were making sure the ball carrier actually did have the ball, because we had some problems with that at first. We figured that out, and then we were able to hit them in the mouth.”
Moore's unique offense, combining the shotgun and the triple-option, can frustrate a defense, but once the Panthers settled in and remained patient, they quickly began to contain it.
Offensively, PC North moved the ball consistently, eating clock and usually producing points.