The record didn't matter. Putnam City North prepared last week for its game against Midwest City as if it was playing one of the state's legendary programs, not a one-win team.
And that preparation turned out big results — very quickly, thanks to Tae Moore's running ability.
The PC North senior running back exploded for four touchdowns and 161 yards on 11 carries in the first eight minutes of the game. Moore, 5-foot-5 and 164 pounds, added a receiving TD later and finished with 217 total yards to earn The Oklahoman's Player of the Week honor. The Panthers bombed Midwest City, 63-27.
“We practiced hard all week to get ready for a big game,” said Moore, who has rushed for 579 yards and eight touchdowns, with another 271 yards and three scores receiving. “They're Midwest City. We just did a good job with blocking, getting hands on their defense.
“The offensive line has been giving me big holes to run through. If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't be getting in the end zone.”
That offensive line, which had been considered a question mark because of its inexperience before the season, has continually improved, putting the Panthers in position to get back in the Class 6A playoffs after a two-year absence.