Here’s a quick look at Thursday night’s Putnam City North-Moore game:
Last Week: Moore picked up its first victory of the season, defeating US Grant 54-16. Putnam City North was shut out against Edmond North, losing 28-0.
PC North: This is a big game for the Panthers. They have struggled all year and really haven’t shown any desire to win, and now they find themselves against a Moore team that has struggled as well. The Lions are giving up 39 point per game, and the Panthers have to attack early and efficiently. Quarterback Chase Sparks has had a solid season, but the passing game has been changed with the departure of receiver Jordan Webster. Sparks and the entire offense struggled last week. This is the week the Panthers need to establish some type of offense and it all starts up front. The offensive line was bullied last week, and they can’t expect any success if the line is not blocking. As for the defense, their showing was a little better than the offense. They only gave up 21 points (Sparks threw a pick six). They will have their hands full this week containing senior Jordan Bernhardy. Bernhardy is a huge threat on the ground, having 51 carries for 417 yards and three scores through the first four games. The senior has also shown his ability to throw the ball, completing 11 of his 29 passes this season. The Panthers have not been able to stop dual-threat quarterbacks as was shown against Frankie Edwards from Mustang.
Moore: The key to the Lions winning this game is their defense. The lackluster offense from PC North is averaging just over 15 points per game. They are also notorious for turning the ball over. If the defense can force turnovers and create short-field drives for the offense, the Lions can easily win this one. That being said, the Lions defense has had its own battles against some stout offensive teams. Senior Tyler Buckles is back this season after tearing his ACL against the Panthers last year. Buckles currently has 19 tackles and one sack, and will be chasing the ball carrier all night. The win against Grant should give the Lions momentum, something the Panthers have not had all year. The Lions have faced a tough schedule so far. Two of their losses come from teams in The Oklahoman’s top 10 (No. 5 Westmoore and No. 10 Southmoore). The other loss of the season came against Norman, which was ranked earlier in the season after beating Norman North, which is currently No. 8.
The Pick: This one should be close, but the Panthers have shown they can’t hold on to the ball and that’s a huge problem. The Lions will have all the momentum in this one and I think it will play a part. Moore wins 40-34 and leave the Panthers still searching for their first win of the year.
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