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Tailback gains 331 yards, and has 4 Touchdowns

Pirates - 2007 Season
Posted Sunday, November 11, 2007 by The Oklahoman

It was a night to remember for Putnam City running back Tyler Wegner Friday. The senior tailback ran for a career-high 331 yards and four touchdowns, leading the Pirates past Putnam City North 49-28 in a Class 6A playoff opener.

You came into the game with 632 yards rushing for the season. Now, with 963, you are looking at breaking the 1,000-yard barrier. Was that a goal for the season?

"I don't think about yards. Even (Friday) night, I honestly didn't know how many yards I had in the fourth quarter. I just run hard and try to help my team. I don't pay attention to how many yards I have.”

After watching the game with the team Saturday, how did you look on film?

"Same way I thought it looked before — the line was getting off the ball and blocking. The receivers were blocking downfield. Everyone did a great job.”

Your former career high was 148 yards against Norman earlier this season. What did your teammates have to say about you more than doubling that?

"They were all happy for me. They were joking around and calling me ‘Mr. 300.' ”

Because of injuries to two quarterbacks in the preseason, you found yourself behind center for a couple of scrimmages and the season opener against Putnam City West. How'd you like the QB experience?

"It wasn't that new. I played quarterback in middle school and had messed around with it a little in high school. It worked out all right.”

Obviously your team's running game is doing well, but what about the passing game? Can you win just throwing one pass like you guys did Friday?

"(Friday) night it wasn't a big deal. It wasn't a factor. But we do need to get our passing going to open things up. We are running the ball well, but having a passing threat will allow us to run it even better.”

Up next is No. 1 Tulsa Union. Any surprises in store in hopes of pulling the upset?

"We're just going to keep doing what we've been doing. It's got us this far. Hopefully we have enough strength and want-to to go win that game.”

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