High school football: Sapulpa rallies in second half, beats Putnam City in district opener

Putnam City's young defense made all the big plays during the first half against Sapulpa. But the youthful Pirates failed to do so when it mattered most.
by Trent Shadid Published: September 26, 2013
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“We were trying to stop a (6-foot-5) receiver with a (5-foot-5) safety,” Wofford said. “That made for a rough night for some of our guys.”

Sapulpa, which is 4-0 for the first time since 2005, will host top-ranked Jenks next week in a suddenly big district game.

“This type of start doesn't happen very often around here, so I'm pretty excited,” said Sapulpa coach Mike Gottsch. “We scheduled Jenks for homecoming, and that shows the level of confidence I really have in our senior group. They've been right at the top of (Class 6A) for a long time, so it'll be fun.”

Offensively, Putnam City was led by running back JaVone Knox and receiver Davion Wisby. The seniors accounted for 218 of the Pirates 294 total yards. Knox had 20 carries for 93 yards and a touchdown, while Wisby had 10 receptions for 125 yards.

“It's about keeping our composure in tough situations,” Wofford said. “Sometimes those young kids get a little tight when it's late in close games. We've just got to work at that and overall get better at what we do.”

Putnam City will play at Tulsa Edison next week.


by Trent Shadid
Copy Editor
Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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