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High school football: 5 takeaways from Choctaw's win over Putnam West

CHOCTAW — Choctaw beat Putnam West 74-14 Thursday night in a dominating performance for the Yellowjackets.

After losing by the same score to Stillwater last week, Choctaw (4-3, 2-2 District 6A-II-1) was looking to get back on track with a win over Putnam West (0-7, 0-4), and that is what it did.

Here are five takeaways from the game:

1. Thad Williams gives strong performance

Quarterback Thad Williams had a strong performance for Choctaw. His stats were impressive despite only playing in the first half of the game.

Williams threw for 292 yards and three touchdowns to help build his team's lead.

"Thad's always so solid," coach Jake Corbin said. "Did a great job tonight. He was able to beat people with his feet, his arm, and made really good decisions all night."

2. Choctaw backups find success in game

Choctaw was able to give its backups some playing time Thursday without really missing a beat. 

Freshman quarterback Steele Wasel threw a touchdown and ran for a touchdown in the win. 

The future is bright, Corbin said.

"We feel good about the kids that were able to come in and operate the offense, operate the defense and do a good job being able to close out the game," Corbin said."Sometimes that's difficult to do when you jump out to a big lead like that."

3. Putnam West's kick off return

After going down 60-0 in the first half, Putnam West opened the second half on a high note.

Darius Sharpe returned the kick off 85 yards for Putnam West's first score of the game. Sharpe weaved his way past Choctaw on his way to the end zone. 

The touchdown kept Putnam West from being shutout, and the Patriots would go on to score again in the fourth quarter.

4. Choctaw's defense dominant

The Yellowjacket's defense was dominant over Putnam West, allowing only 82 yards of total offense for the Patriots.

Choctaw's defense also recorded two interceptions. One interception, made by Elijah Wilder was returned 37 yards for a touchdown.

5. Looking ahead

Both teams return to playing on Friday next week. Choctaw will travel to Lawton to take on the Wolverines (4-3, 1-3). Putnam West will face Stillwater (7-0, 4-0) at home.

Related Photos
Choctaw's Thad Williams carries the ball during a high school football game between Choctaw and Shawnee in Choctaw, Okla., Friday, Aug. 30, 2019. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

Choctaw's Thad Williams carries the ball during a high school football game between Choctaw and Shawnee in Choctaw, Okla., Friday, Aug. 30, 2019. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

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Abby Bitterman

Abby Bitterman covers OU athletics for The Oklahoman. She joined The Oklahoman in September 2019 to cover high school sports. A Chicago native, Abby graduated from the University of Oklahoma in May of 2019 with degrees in journalism and political... Read more ›

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