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Putnam City Pirates at home for the Playoffs

Posted Monday, November 10, 2008 by The Oklahoman - Charles Ward

Putnam City Pirates at home for playoffs
Putnam City 31, Edmond Memorial 26 Lee throws for 216 yards, 2 TDs for PC

Published: November 8, 2008

Putnam City's Doyle Hammons scores against Edmond Memorial during their game at Wantland Stadium in Edmond , Okla. November 11, 2008. BY STEVE GOOCH

EDMOND — Caleb Lee’s cool play at quarterback and a little help from others has Putnam City preparing for a home game in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs.

 Lee threw for 216 yards and two touchdowns Friday night, and the Pirates held on to beat Edmond Memorial 31-26. Westmoore’s defeat of Edmond North means Putnam City will host Edmond Santa Fe next week.

"Playing at home, it’s always a good thing,” Lee said. "When we play at home we have the bigger crowd, and it pumps us up more and just gives us more momentum.”

Lee was 11-of-17 passing with one interception as the Pirates improved to 6-4 overall and 5-2 in District 6A-2.

"He’s a sophomore kid that’s very poised, very collected,” Putnam City coach Mark Little said. "He’s a winner, and he put the ball in the hands of winners.”

The Pirates seemed to have the game in control after Jaccob Rangel’s field goal put Putnam City ahead 31-13 with 7:37 remaining.

But Blake Umberham did not let Memorial (7-3, 5-2) go down without a few final swings. He fired two touchdown passes in the game’s final minutes to bring his team within five.

The Bulldogs seemed to have recovered an onside kick with 40 seconds left. But officials ruled that a Bulldog player touched the ball before it went the required 10 yards, and Putnam City ran out the clock.

"They touched it early, which is fortunate for us,” Little said. "We had our hands team in there ready to go.”

Doyle Hammons augmented Lee’s air attack by running for 119 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Memorial also turned the ball over five times (two interceptions, three fumbles), helping the Pirates control the game.

Edmond lost a tiebreaker with the Pirates and wlll be at Norman North to open the playoffs.

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