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Defenses are key in battle for 6A-2 title

Pirates - 2007 Season
Posted Monday, October 29, 2007 by Brandon Chatmon - The Oklahoman

They have combined for an 18-0 record this season. Yet, while cruising through their respective schedules, they've gone relatively unnoticed.
That might change on Friday night, when Class 6A's No. 5-ranked Putnam City (9-0 overall, 6-0 in district) visits No. 4 Midwest City (9-0, 6-0) at Rose Field.

"We know we're good,” Putnam City's Fred Cato said. "Now its time to prove it to everyone around the state. Sometimes if they don't give you respect, you have to go get it. That's how we look at it as a team.”

Putnam City enters Friday's battle for the District 6A-2 championship with a defense that allows 8.67 points per game.

"They (Midwest City) have one of the best offenses around,” Cato said. "But we have one of the best defenses in the state.

"We have a quote that says, ‘If it's meant to be, it's up to me.' I think if we go in with that mindset, we can make big plays and could come out on top.”

The Pirates likely will be focused on slowing Midwest City junior Tim Flanders, who averages almost 10 yards per carry.

Flanders has rushed for more than 1,100 yards and 19 touchdowns.

"This game will be very physical,” Midwest City's Russell Brown said. "I just hope we are more physical so we can get the victory.”

Brown and the Midwest City defense might be the key.

"We're very underrated on defense,” said Brown, who has 63 tackles and nine sacks this season. "(Sometimes) it's offense this, offense that… but without the defense, the offense can't do too much.”


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