Oklahoma high school football: Putnam North preparing for inaugural Class 6A-II season
As Putnam North’s players bounced around the field running plays and working out under their stadium speakers blasting Top-40 music on Monday, their energy was a sign of confidence as the team prepared for its inaugural Class 6A-II season.
The Panthers were three points shy of making the Class 6A-I playoffs last season but with the roster Putnam North is returning, which includes a pair of receivers standing above 6-feet, head coach Ryan Laverty said there’s a lot of upside heading into the 2020 season.
“We bring nine back offensively and we bring eight back on defense,” Laverty said. “We’ve got a chance to be some of the biggest wide receivers in the state. We return a lot of our offensive lineman, a lot of running backs, our question mark will be at quarterback.”
Putnam North graduated four-year starting quarterback Aaron Norment last season. But the Panthers have two talented options looking to succeed him. On Monday, the position battle was in full effect between senior Riley Powell and Laverty’s son, Carson Laverty, a sophomore, as the two took turns running the offense.
Powell started two games at quarterback last year and has been a starter on defense and has also served as the deep snapper.
Laverty was Norment’s back-up last year until he had surgery in October for a torn labrum in his shoulder. Despite his injury, Laverty is ranked as the #71 best dual-threat quarterback in the nation for the Class of 2023 by QB Hit List.
With all of North’s assistant coaches returning as well, Laverty has high hopes for the season.