Despite some defensive hiccups throughout the night, Putnam City North came up big when it had to, stopping a Moore two-point conversion with under five minutes to play, then holding the Lions on the final drive inside of two minutes in a 42-40 PC North win.
The victory keeps hope alive for the Panthers to get in the playoffs with a win over Choctaw and a little help.
"The offense really played well, except for going three-and-out on the last three drives," PC North coach Bob Wilson said.
PC North's Dre Holman rushed for 170 yards on 23 carries to add to the strong passing connection between quarterback Jace James and receiver Covin Conrady.
"Dre is getting back in playing shape and he's getting used to being knocked around a little bit," Wilson said of Holman, who missed half the season with injuries. "Jace threw the ball really well and Covin had another big game.
"Moore has gotten a lot better. They're one of the best 0-9 teams I've seen in a while. They play hard, and that's a great credit to coach Scott Myers and his players."
CCS FAVORITE HEADING INTO PLAYOFFS
Community Christian has won 21 consecutive games and is the No. 1 seed heading into the Oklahoma Christian Schools Athletic Association playoffs, which begin Friday night.
However, coach Josh Norman said he is not worried about his team, the defending OCSAA champions, being overconfident.
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