It had not happened in 13 years, but Friday it did. Scoring 15 points in the fourth quarter and forcing key turnovers during the quarter, the Putnam City West Patriots beat rival Putnam City North 30-27.
Patriot quarterback Steven Stallings threw the go ahead touchdown pass with 3:35 remaining, finding Ryan Dunn after scrambling around in the pocket. The 65-yard touchdown pass would be the last points scored in the game.
On the ensuing Panther drive, quarterback Chase Sparks completed an 8-yard pass to Jordan Webster, and while Webster tried to get the extra yards, he lost control of the ball and the Patriots took over at the Panther 39-yard line.
The Panthers defense was able to hold the Patriots on the ensuing drive and they took over with 1:53 remaining in the game and one timeout. The Panthers were forced into a fourth down, but Sparks found Kaedyn Fuller deep and there was still some hope. The next play Sparks, however, threw a pick and the Patriots only had to kneel their way to its second win of the season.
The big issue with the Panthers was ball control. Head coach of PC North, Bob Wilson, made it clear that this was the problem.
“We have to find a way to hold onto the ball,” Wilson said. “We have to find a way to get better.”
Stallings accounted for both touchdowns in the fourth, both coming in the air. He was able to make big plays all night, including five throws of 20 or more yards.
“You can really stop the good ones,” Wilson said about Stallings. “You can contain him, but you can never really stop them.”
The Panthers scores came mainly from Sparks. He threw four touchdowns in the game, two apiece to Webster and Fuller.
PC West’s last win over PC North was 24-13 in 2000.
The Panthers open up district play next week taking on Edmond North on Friday at PC Stadium, while the Patriots open their district play at Choctaw.
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