Here’s a look ahead to Thursday night’s meeting between Mustang and Putnam City North, 7 p.m. at Putnam City Stadium:
Last week: Both teams are coming off losses; Mustang to Yukon 19-16, and the Panthers 34-6 to Putnam City.
PC North: The Panthers have a lot to prove tonight; especially on the offensive side of the ball. The team totaled less than 150 yards against Putnam City in last week’s Battle of the Expressway. Junior quarterback Chase Sparks was under pressure all night, fighting just to get a pass off. The protection by the offensive line will be key all year. Sparks showed last week that he is able to move in the pocket, but he can’t keep doing that all year. One of the positive notes from last week was the connection between Sparks and junior receiver Logan Price. Price made several catches and has easily become Sparks’ favorite target.
As for the defense, it showed some signs of promise. Junior Curtis Warren played well, picking up two sacks and a bunch of tackles. He’ll need to put pressure on Bronco quarterback Frankie Edwards if the Panthers want to have a shot at this one. A loss will be at linebacker as senior captain Michael Wofford will sit out tonight. Wofford has been bothered by left ankle injury that he suffered in a scrimmage earlier in the season.
Mustang: Edwards leads an explosive offense that put together almost 400 yards in its loss against Yukon last Friday. Edwards accounted for over 3,200 total yards last year and returns his top two targets in Colton Hadlock and Joey Snodgrass. Hadlock pulled in 35 passes for 415 yards and two TD’s last year, while Snodgrass had 22 receptions. The Panther defense did not see this much experience in an offense last week, and it will have a huge effect tonight.
On the other side of the ball, the Broncos are big up front. Armando Vera and Xavier Whitehead are both 6-2 and over 280 pounds. They will definitely look to take advantage against the PCN line that struggled last week. The Panthers will need to get the big plays tonight for a shot at a win. Both touchdowns the Broncos gave up during regulation last week came on plays of more than 40 yards.
The Pick: With both teams coming off losses, emotions will be high in this one. The Panthers have yet to show any life in the offense, while the Broncos have one of the best offenses in 6A. With that in mind this looks like another Panther loss: 40-6 in favor of Mustang.
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