It wasn't about being flashy. It wasn't about finesse.
It was about blocking and tackling better than the other guy.
Putnam City North defeated Moore 35-7 Thursday night a Putnam City Stadium with a simple, old-fashioned football approach, where defense plus run game equals victory.
The Panthers (3-2 overall, 1-1 District 6A-3) pounded out 257 rushing yards and held Moore (1-4, 1-1) to 140 — 75 of which came on the Lions' opening drive when they found the end zone for a 7-0 lead.
“That first drive, we were relaxing and trying to figure out what to do,” PC North linebacker Ruben Hunter said. “The coaches talked to us, and we got more aggressive up front. We were making sure the ball carrier actually did have the ball, because we had some problems with that at first. We figured that out, and then we were able to hit them in the mouth.”
Moore's unique offense, combining the shotgun and the triple-option, can frustrate a defense, but once the Panthers settled in and remained patient, they quickly began to contain it.
Offensively, PC North moved the ball consistently, eating clock and usually producing points.
Nathaniel Ocran and Tae Moore each went over the 100-yard rushing mark, and Moore scored two touchdowns.
“We were gonna hit them with the runs all day and switch it up and pass to keep them guessing,” Moore said. “It was just about executing and getting in the end zone.”
Hunter, typically a blocking back on offense, also found the end zone twice, once on a run and once on a pass. Quarterback John Robert Simon was 6-of-10 passing for 59 yards and rushed for a score.
Now, the Panthers turn their attention to road game against a struggling Midwest City squad that got its first win of the season Thursday night at U.S. Grant.
“Coming into Midwest City off a win will be a good feeling,” Moore said. “We know they're gonna come out and hit us. We won't back down, we'll hit them, too. We ain't gonna hold nothing back. We want to go to the playoffs.”