Oklahoma high school football: Cedric Young, Putnam City defense force 5 turnovers in win
Cedric Young scanned the field.
The senior linebacker dropped back into coverage as Edmond North continued to run its spread offense. As the receiver cut behind him, Young jumped up and snatched the interception out of the air. He secured the ball as he fell to the ground for his first interception and the Pirates' second turnover of the game.
But Young wasn’t finished.
Just one quarter later, he saw a screen pass coming. In a flash, he jumped the route and intercepted the pass. His second interception of the night stopped Edmond North who was beginning to put together a string of productive plays.
Young’s two interceptions sparked Putnam City’s 14-7 win over Edmond North (0-3) at Putnam City Stadium on Friday Night.
It was Young’s first game back since rolling his ankle in the season opener against Putnam North.
“Tonight he comes back and you could tell late in the game that it was his first game back because he was a little tired,” Putnam City coach Carter Whitson said smiling. “But he was tired because he kept stealing the ball from them and making huge plays.”
Young wasn’t the only Pirate defender making plays. The Putnam City defense forced five turnovers, three fumbles and two interceptions. The Pirates also held the Edmond North quarterbacks to just 10-of-27 passing. Whitson couldn’t have been more proud of his defense.
“It was a great effort by them, all of them,” Whitson said. “We had guys going down with cramps, it was hot today, hot for the first time in a while but, [the] next guy up, stepped up and we kept making plays.”
Putnam City (3-1) wouldn't give up a score until there were less than three minutes left in the game. But after a short Pirate offensive drive, the defense, with a rowdy crowd backing them, had to make a final stand.
On fourth-and-long, Edmond North’s Carson Horton made a run for the first down on a broken pass play. Four Putnam City defenders swarmed Horton and brought him down short of the first down.
It was the defense's second forced turnover on downs and the final stop that contained the Pirates' one-touchdown lead.
“We asked them to do something tonight that we shouldn’t have to ask them to do,” Whitson said. "We need to be a little bit better on offense. Those guys stepped up to the challenge and 100% won that game. I’m extremely proud of those guys.”