By Evan O’Brien, Putnam City North Blogger
Another year of high school football is here and on the first Friday of the season it will be the Battle of the Expressway; the Putnam City Pirates against the Putnam City North Panthers. In last year’s game, the Panthers proved victorious winning 42-27 and will look for a second straight despite the smallest senior class in over 20 years for Coach Bob Wilson.
The Pirates also are young, returning only eight starters.
PCN: The Panthers offense is almost as new as it can get. New offensive coordinator Rod Richardson will be in command following the departure of Scott Burger to Edmond North. The two lone returning starters are senior offensive lineman Nathan Lowery and senior wide receiver Kaedyn Fuller. New quarterback Chase Sparks, a junior, will have plenty of options to throw to including Fuller and junior Logan Price.
Junior running back Curtis Warren will also see a lot of playing time. The line play will be a concern for the Panthers. On the offensive side, Lowery will be joined by the like of seniors Drew Cranford and Sean Mulroney. With little experience, the play of the line will be crucial. The defense will have more experience and will be led by senior captains Michael Wofford, Dylan Peevy, and JaQuary Banks. Peevy and Wofford will be back in the linebacker position along with Price. Banks will look to take charge of the secondary.
PC: After the departure of senior Devin White, the offense will be lead by sophomore quarterback Braden Hudson. Hudson will have a lot of speed around him including senior Davion Wisby. Returning at running back will be senior JaVone Knox, the younger brother of former Pirate running back Casey Curtis. The defense of the Pirates will have more experience. The secondary will have senior Chaastin Antwine and junior Bolu Onifade who both saw action last year. Senior linebacker Eric Weed also has varsity playing time under his belt, picking up two sacks and two interceptions. The defensive line will return one starter in junior Marc Jimmerson.
The Pick: Even though both teams do not have a lot of experience, the Pirates seem to have a bit more. Expect to see more mistakes than normal in this one. With that in mind, I have to give the Pirates the edge. Putnam City, 27-23.
Evan O’Brien is a student blogger from Putnam City North High School, working in conjunction with the NewsOK Varsity staff. We’re currently looking for student bloggers from other high schools around the Oklahoma City metro area. If you’d like information about becoming a student blogger for your school, please contact high school sports writer Scott Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org.