Oklahoma high school football: Putnam North sprints past Deer Creek
EDMOND – Kishaun Denton’s speed was on full display Monday night.
Putnam North’s senior wide receiver and defensive back dipped and dashed past the Deer Creek defense. On defense, he stalked in the secondary, waiting for his opportunity to step in front of a pass.
Denton showed his skills all throughout Class 6A-II No. 5 Putnam North’s 35-14 win at Deer Creek. He scored two touchdowns and had an interception late in the first half to help the Panthers to their third consecutive 5-0 start.
“Our kids did a great job through the adversity they faced this week,” Putnam North coach Ryan Laverty said.
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The game was rescheduled to Monday night because Putnam City Schools originally canceled all athletics last week because of Oklahoma COunty's Orange Level 2 alert system for COVID. District administration got together Wednesday and allowed teams to restart Friday with new guidelines in place.
The Panthers (5-0, 2-0 District 6A-II-1) practiced the past three days before playing Monday’s game.
Denton was the early star. He finished with 61 rushing yards on five carries with the two touchdowns, and his interception took the ball away from Deer Creek (2-3, 0-2) shortly before halftime.
Amaurion Norment was the closer. The junior running back had the Panthers’ final three touchdowns, all coming on sweep plays. He scored on runs of 4, 16 and 29 yards.
“I told my line, ‘Hey, I got y’all,’” Norment said. “If they blocked for me, I was going to make a big play. We needed it. We need those 15 district points.”
Norment finished with 15 carries for 73 yards and the three scores. He also had two catches for 33 yards.
Putnam North’s defense blocked a field goal and came away with three interceptions. The Antlers’ offense struggled sans one drive, when star offensive tackle Jacob Sexton moved from left to right tackle. It only took five plays for Deer Creek to drive down the field and score, 87 yards on five Will Hinton carries, the final being a 55-yard scamper for a score.
Putnam North held Deer Creek to 198 yards. When the Panthers were on offense, they were able to control the ball, even when some of their normal stars were limited.
“They took away some of our big threats,” Laverty said. “We found ways to get other guys involved in the game.
“It was a great job by our guys ready to come play the game after a long, long week.”