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High schools: Steven Stallings has Putnam City West relishing victory

The Oklahoman's High School Football Player of the week led Patriots to 30-27 win over rival Putnam City North, the first victory over their sister school since 2000.
by Scott Wright Published: September 23, 2013

BETHANY — Steven Stallings is built more like a sprinter than a Class 6A quarterback.

Six feet tall, with a lean build and long legs.

But your body type doesn't matter much when you can throw like the Putnam City West quarterback.

“A lot of people misjudge his arm strength. It's pretty good,” Putnam City West coach Rocky Martin said with a smile. “He's a great athlete. When he scrambles, his eyes are still downfield. He goes through his reads while he's on the run and he can make those throws.”

Putnam City North found out just what kind of quarterback Stallings is when he threw for 320 yards on 19-of-31 passing in a come-from-behind 30-27 win — West's fourth win over North in the last 20 years, and first since 2000. The performance made Stallings The Oklahoma staff's choice for Oklahoma City-area Player of the Week.

PC West, which hasn't won more than two games since 2003, rallied by scoring 21 points in the fourth quarter, twice finding itself down by double digits. Several PC West teams would have folded at that point, trailing 20-9 at the start of the fourth, and 27-15 with less than eight minutes to play.

But with two late touchdown throws from Stallings — the last to senior Ryan Dunn — and a pair of take-aways by the defense, the Patriots sealed up their second win in three games this season.

“The defense came up big,” Stallings said. “Every time we scored, I told the defense we needed another stop so we could score again, and they kept getting stops.”

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by Scott Wright
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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