Putnam City North leads list of upset winners

Panthers have rebounded from 0-4 start and are in the mix for the District 6A-3 title.
by Scott Wright Published: October 26, 2013
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photo - North takes the field as the Moore High School Lions play the Putnam City North Panthers in high school football on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, in Moore, Okla.  Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
North takes the field as the Moore High School Lions play the Putnam City North Panthers in high school football on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, in Moore, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

If you were scrolling through the high school football scores late Friday night or early Saturday morning and began to think you might be in the Twilight Zone, don't worry.

You haven't been transported to an alternate football dimension. It only felt like it for a few wild hours Friday night when seemingly every Twitter update that popped in warranted a double-take.

Three ranked teams in Class 6A lost by double digits to unranked opponents. Two others survived by four points or fewer.

And it wasn't just 6A. Jones knocked off Class 3A No. 9 Tuttle. Christian Heritage upset Class 2A No. 5 Oklahoma Christian. Class 4A No. 4 Ada needed a late touchdown, then an interception in the end zone, to hold off unranked Harrah in a game that coach Matt Weber joked was making his hair fall out and turn gray at the same time.

Norman and Southmoore, both facing desperate situations in District 6A-4, came up with 14-point victories over No. 6 Edmond Santa Fe and No. 8 Edmond Memorial, respectively. No. 5 Westmoore and No. 9 Bixby barely avoided the upset list.

But let's go ahead and crown Putnam City North the Upset King.

After the Panthers' 0-4 start, the entire month of October feels like one big upset.

In the first four games — which included the team's first loss to Putnam City West in 13 years — PC North was outscored 133-61. In their four victories since, the Panthers have outscored opponents 133-64.

But the wins on the schedule are most impressive, namely the overtime victory against Midwest City, ranked in the top 10 at the time, and Friday night's 31-21 shocker over No. 7 Norman North. No team all season had held Norman North below 31 points, but the Panthers pulled it off with some key takeaways and fourth-down stands when Norman North reached the red zone.

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by Scott Wright
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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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