High school notebook: Putnam City North has 'backs against the wall'

By Robert Przybylo, Justin Hite and Scott Wright Published: October 11, 2010
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Coming into the football season, Putnam City North coach Bob Wilson knew there would be good teams missing of the playoffs in a brutally tough District 6A-1.

After a 21-13 setback to a Norman North team that previously had just one win, Wilson is hoping his Panthers aren't one of those teams left behind.

"(The loss) makes the last four games really important," Wilson said. "Every week you lose, it puts your backs against the wall and it makes the next one important."

Wilson felt his team was flat Friday after an intense overtime loss to No. 5-ranked Midwest City a week earlier.

PC North struggled to run the ball against Norman North, carrying it an unusually low 14 times for 40 yards. But the passing game was sharp, with Jace James completing 28 of 39 passes for 310 yards and a TD.

But like in their early season losses to Putnam City and Mustang, the Panthers were hurt by untimely turnovers.

PC North (2-4 overall, 1-2 district) hosts Yukon (5-1, 2-1) Friday night at Putnam City Stadium.

DISCIPLINE KEY FOR SOUTHMOORE

Southmoore committed fewer penalties Friday night vs. Norman than the week before against Sapulpa, but the penalties came at the worst times. Southmoore only committed six, but two of the last three kept the SabreCats from completing their comeback.

"You can't turn the ball over in a game like this and be successful," Southmoore coach Chris Jensen said. "We've definitely got to take care of that."

Norman's drive to open the second half Friday was elongated by an offside penalty on fourth-and-2. The Tigers scored later on the drive.

When Norman drove the final eight minutes off the clock, it was aided by a key facemask penalty with just more than five minutes remaining.

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