Here’s the game preview for Putnam City North vs. Putnam City West at 7 p.m. Friday night at Putnam City Stadium:
Last week: The Panthers lost at home against Mustang 41-28 Sept. 12. The Patriots lost to rival Putnam City 43-12 Sept. 13.
PC North: The Panthers offense was finally in full swing during the 4th quarter of last week’s loss to Mustang. During it, quarterback Chase Sparks led three big drives, all ending in touchdowns, two passing and one on the ground. Sparks once again showed is ability to run with the football, scoring right before the end of the half. Offensively, the Panthers will need to play like they did in that 4th quarter if they want to pick up their first win of the year. The defense will return senior captain and linebacker Michael Wofford. Wofford had originally hurt his leg in a scrimmage, but re-injured it during the early minutes of the opener. The Patriots offense is no push over this year. Steven Stallings will be taking the snaps for the Patriots and has made big plays all year with minimal errors. This is a very winnable game for the Panthers. As long as they stick to their game plan and reduce the amount of mistakes, this could be the Panthers first win of the year.
PC West: West typically has not been very good over the past couple years. This team, however, is a little different. Stallings is the leader of the offense, and he has done fairly well over the first two games. The junior has thrown for 560 yards, seven touchdowns and zero interceptions. The balance of the receptions has been impressive as well. Four different receivers have over 100 yards in two games. The Panthers have been known to give up big plays, so look for the Patriots to try to capitalize on this. On the other side of the ball, the Patriots are not as strong. One of the more noteworthy players is sophomore Jordan Eubanks. The defensive end is second in the state in sacks with six. The Panthers line will have to keep the pressure off Sparks, and make sure Eubanks isn’t getting in the backfield.
The Pick: This is a tough one to choose. It can honestly go either way. But, tonight I see Sparks having a big game and the Panthers picking up their first win of the year and some momentum heading into district play. PC North 35, PC West 20.
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