High school football: PC North keeps it simple, hammers Moore 35-7

Panthers finish with 257 rushing yards, defense limits Moore to 140 in District 6A-3 game at Putnam City Stadium.
by Scott Wright Published: September 27, 2012
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photo - Putnam City North's Larry Butler (26) fumbles the ball in front of Moor's Will Sprayberry (5) and next to teammate John Simon (12) during a high school football game between Putnam City North and Moore at Putnam City Stadium in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012. Moore recovered the fumble. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Putnam City North's Larry Butler (26) fumbles the ball in front of Moor's Will Sprayberry (5) and next to teammate John Simon (12) during a high school football game between Putnam City North and Moore at Putnam City Stadium in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012. Moore recovered the fumble. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

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.

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by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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