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Edmond North 28, Putnam City 21: Edmond North stops Pirates, Braden, Crabaugh lead the way for the Huskies

Posted Monday, October 13, 2008 by The Oklahoman

Edmond North 28, Putnam City 21: Edmond North stops Pirates
Braden, Crabaugh lead the way for Huskies

BY JUSTIN HARPER
Published: October 10, 2008

From the first play to what essentially was the last, Trent Braden helped Edmond North beat Putnam City and turn around a football season.

Behind the stout play of Braden and quarterback Cody Crabaugh, the Huskies topped the Pirates 28-21 on Thursday at Putnam City Stadium. The win was the third straight for Edmond North after an 0-3 start. The Huskies also improved to 3-0 in District 6A-2.

"We didn’t give up when we were 0-3,” said Braden, a senior receiver. "We just kept doing what we had been, but we’ve been doing it a lot better now.”

Putnam City, 3-3 and 2-1, was for the most part without starting quarterback Keishawn Richardson. The senior played a little running back and punt returner, but his injured left ankle kept him from being his usual dangerous self.

As for Braden, he started things off with a 32-yard return of the opening kickoff.

Then, with 3:39 left in the game and the Huskies up 28-21, he made the play that ended it. On third-and-11 from the Edmond North 29, Braden snared a 12-yard strike from Crabaugh, allowing the Huskies to run the clock out (although Crabaugh converted an equally clutch fourth-and-1 in the final two minutes with an 8-yard keeper).

"He’s been really valuable to me and this team,” said Crabaugh of Braden. "He’s made me look better than I am.”

Braden caught a 6-yard TD pass in the third quarter that ended up being the winning points. Kicker Chase Funderburk had two field goals, while running backs Qua’Don Henderson and Joe Aska each had scoring runs.

For PC, backup QB Caleb Lee and receiver Jordan Hoover had a big night. Hoover had catches of 39 and 26 yards and a 6-yard TD catch

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