When Putnam City lost running back Devin Colbert to a broken leg in the preseason, it seemed the Pirates' run game might have taken a hit, but not so far.
Putnam City (2-1) is one of Class 6A's top rushing teams through three games. The Pirates average 359.7 yards per game after a 46-21 win Friday at Choctaw. Leading the charge is senior quarterback Devin White and junior running back Javone Knox, the younger brother of last year's Pirate star Casey Curtis.
Behind an offensive line that has been on point recently, White and Knox are averaging better than 10 yards per carry. Knox has 433 yards and nine touchdowns on 47 carries. White has added 354 yards and four touchdowns on 30 attempts.
White hasn't needed to throw much in the Pirates' last two blowout wins, but for the year, he's 15-of-34 for 192 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
Placed in an east-side district for the first time in recent history, the Pirates head into district play Friday at Sapulpa.
NOONE HOPING TO RETURN FRIDAY
Carl Albert's Chevin Noone was expected to be one of the keys to the Titans defense from the linebacker spot.
But during Carl Albert's 1-2 start, Noone has been watching from the sideline, kept out after suffering a broken hand in a scrimmage.
Noone hopes for good news Tuesday when he goes to the doctor for an evaluation with the hopes of returning to the field this Friday.
“I've been the biggest cheerleader I could be during the first three games,” Noone said. “It's a big game for us this week. We won last week, and people want to see that we're better than we showed early.”
The No. 8 Titans play at No. 4 Deer Creek (3-0) to open district play.
DEFENSE POWERS BETHANY WIN
Bethany coach Reagan Roof admitted even he was a little surprised by the Bronchos' 40-7 win at Washington on Friday night.
“I thought it would be a game we'd have to play extremely well to win,” Roof said. “It was one of those nights when everything went our way. Washington is better than the score indicates.”
Roof was particularly happy with the defense against Washington's option offense.