MOORE — Quarterback Devin White bounced on the Putnam City sideline Thursday night and fist-bumped his teammates with 10.8 seconds left to play in the Pirates' game against Westmoore.
The celebration had begun.
Putnam City knocked off Class 6A No. 8-ranked Westmoore 26-16 at Moore Stadium, and White said he couldn't have been happier. He completed 5 of 11 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown.
“I feel really excited because everybody didn't think we could come out here and play as a team and beat Westmoore,” White said. “We just showed up and played our game tonight.”
Amid the celebration at the 50-yard line, Putnam City (4-2 overall, 2-1 District 6A-2) coach John Wofford beckoned his players to the west 35-yard line and told them to take a knee. He talked about what a good team Westmoore (4-2, 2-1) is and how scary it can look on film.
Then he told his team why he believed they won the game.
“You're starting to see what happens when we play without a team of individuals,” Wofford said. “We gotta be one heart beat, one team.”
The Pirate defense played as one team, forcing seven total turnovers against the Jaguars. Putnam City intercepted quarterback Jhames West five times, including a fourth-quarter pick that stopped any hope of a late Westmoore comeback.
“We knew we'd have to come out and play almost perfect football to beat them,” Wofford said. “Defensively, we played about as well as we could tonight.”
After Wofford released his team from his postgame speech, five players lingered to take photos with fans and parents. One of them was running back Javone Knox, who rushed for 40 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. He said Putnam City is driven to make the playoffs.
“We're prepared,” Knox said. “We're determined.”