MOORE — Putnam City North wasn't catching much of a break through the first four weeks of the football season.
But the Panthers caught all of the breaks Thursday, capitalizing on Moore's fumble issues early before holding off the Lions 31-23 for the first victory of the season.
“It was great to get our offense going,” PC North junior quarterback Chase Sparks said. “We've been having hard times. We haven't been getting short fields. We finally got short fields and capitalized on them.”
The Panthers (1-4 overall, 1-1 District 6A-3) jumped to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, turning two fumbles from the Lions into points.
It was two of Moore's five fumbles in the quarter and nine total for the game. The Lions, though, only lost three of those.
“People for the first four ballgames have been taking advantage of (our turnovers), so that's what we need to do,” PC North coach Bob Wilson said. “They helped us out a little bit there.”
Once the Panthers took that lead, it was a matter of holding off Moore.
Sparks and senior receiver Kaedyn Fuller handled that, combining for two long touchdown receptions of 66 and 46 yards.
Fuller's final TD essentially sealed the game, and it was perhaps the most impressive. He caught Sparks' pass down the far sideline and then broke free from a tackle to scamper into the end zone with 9 minutes remaining.