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Putnam City North football: Q&A with head coach Bob Wilson

Evan O'Brien Published: September 26, 2013
With district play starting this week, I sat down with Putnam City North head coach Bob Wilson to talk about last week’s loss to Putnam City West and the slow start the Panthers have had. Putnam City North takes on Edmond North, who is now coached by Wilson’s former assistant coach, Scott Burger, Friday at Putnam City Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Evan O’Brien: Has practice been any different this week because of the loss to Putnam City West, a team you had not lost too since 2000?

Bob Wilson: “Yeah, I think they have been a little bit more focused. I think that Putnam West really got their attention. They are much better than they have been, and you have to give credit where credit is due.”

EO: The team is off to a 0-3 start, something you are not used to. What has been the main cause of the early season slump?

BW: “I think it is turnovers. Going into the year, I would have said youth, because some of these guys did not have any playing experience. We have had about 13 or 14 turnovers through three games and you just can’t do that, no matter who you are playing.”

EO: This week you face Edmond North for your district opener. This is also the first time you have played against former assistant coach Scott Burger, who is now the head coach there. Are you changing anything about game plan due to the fact he was here for such a long time?

BW: “We changed our wrist card numbers, because some of them were the same. When you have been in this as long as I have, you love to coach against your friends. You hope when you play them that your talent is the same as theirs, but it just gets down to coaching and seeing if you can challenge them. I have great respect for Scott, and we always wish the best for him and pull for him, but this week I don’t think we will be.”

EO: A couple of players have left or been kicked off the team after last week’s loss. For the rest of the season, what will you do to keep this team motivated?

BW: “I think everyone needs to keep everyone motivated. It’s easier when you are 3-0, but when you are 0-3 it’s a lot harder. You have to start playing for pride at some point.”

NOTE: Evan O’Brien is a student blogger from Putnam City North High School, working in conjunction with the NewsOK Varsity staff. We’re currently looking for student bloggers from other high schools around the Oklahoma City metro area. If you’d like information about becoming a student blogger for your school, please contact high school sports writer Scott Wright at


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