High school football: Tae Moore leads Putnam City North's rout of Midwest City
The Panthers' running back had 161 yards and four touchdowns rushing in the first quarter. PCN improves chances to make Class 6A playoffs.
MIDWEST CITY — Things couldn't have started much better for Putnam City North.
The Panthers' senior running back, Tae Moore, hadn't put the game away eight minutes into the District 6A-3 game, but he'd certainly helped nearly bury Midwest City.
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Putnam North started hot, then cruised to a 63-27 win over the Bombers at Rose Field that didn't feel even that close.
“That was about as good as we could play,” Panthers coach Bob Wilson said of the first quarter.
Moore carried the ball on each of the first six plays for the Panthers and on 11 of their first 12.
By the time that stretch was over, he already had four touchdowns and 161 yards as the Panthers led 28-0 with more than four minutes remaining in the first quarter.
“It was outstanding,” Moore said. “I was surprised by all the holes out there.”
Putnam North (4-2 overall, 2-1 district) matched its win total from each of the last two seasons.
With just one team remaining on its schedule with more than two wins so far, Putnam North seems headed for its first playoff berth since 2009.
As he heard of other scores from around the area, some surprising, Wilson said the Panthers couldn't let up.
That was a lesson Putnam North took from a 52-28 loss to Edmond North on Sept. 21, when the Panthers took an early lead only to see things fall apart.
“That was a good experience for us,” Moore said. “It showed us we can't take anything for granted and we can't let up.”
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