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Putnam City outlasts Norman

Posted Friday, October 17, 2008 by www.newsok.com

Putnam City outlasts Norman
Putnam City 14, Norman 7 Pirates win on Lee’s 4th-down TD pass to Hoover

BY CHARLES WARD
Published: October 17, 2008

NORMANCaleb Lee hooked up with Jordan Hoover on perhaps the most important 2-yard pass Lee has completed this season, en route to Putnam City’s 14-7 victory over Norman on Thursday night.
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Lee tossed the fourth-down pass toward Hoover as time expired in the first half. Hoover, poised in the end zone, avoided stepping out of bounds before catching the ball to put the Pirates ahead 14-0.

"That was a big fourth-down play there,” Putnam City head coach Mark Little said. "That was a big throw by Caleb and catch by Hoover.”

Arnell Kemp set up the Pirates’ second score with a 38-yard run that took the ball to Norman’s 2. The Tigers dug in and kept three consecutive Putnam City runs from reaching the goal line. Little allowed the clock to wind down to 0:02 after third down, giving Hoover and Lee the opportunity to connect.

Kemp’s sprint proved to be the longest play from scrimmage as the defenses, especially Putnam City’s, dominated the game. PC (4-3, 3-1 in Class 6A-2) crushed 10 of the Tigers’ 38 plays from scrimmage for negative or zero yards. Norman managed just 64 yards of offense for the game.

"We kept a lot of pressure on their quarterbacks, and they weren’t able to get a lot of passes off,” said defensive end Patrik Jones, who picked off a Tigers’ pass.

Donovan Roberts gave Norman (2-5, 1-3) a bit of hope in the game’s closing moments, punching in a score from 1 yard out. Roberts and the Tigers took advantage of a short field when Little failed to finish the game by picking up a fourth-and-1 well inside the Pirates’ end of the field with less than three minutes to play.

"Obviously, we’re trying to ice the game down there by going for it on fourth,” Little said. "We’d been holding them, but they took one in.”

Hoover recovered the ensuing onside kick, and PC ran out the clock.

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