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Bombers knock off unbeaten Panthers

Makale Smith (2) celebrates with Midwest City teammates after scoring on a kick return last Friday night against Putnam City North. (Photo by Jeff Harrison)

Defense holds Putnam City North to 40 yards of total offense

By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon

OKLAHOMA CITY – For a moment it looked like Midwest City could be in a for a battle with Putnam City North last Friday night.

The Panthers blocked a punt and recovered the ball near the end zone midway through the second quarter. Amaurion Norment scored with a 1-yard run on the next play, making it a one score game 13-7 with 6:59 in the second.

But the Panthers’ moment was fleeting.

On the ensuing kickoff, Makale Smith fielded the ball at his own five and burst up the middle of the field and then down the far sidelines for a 95-yard score.

“We’ve been preaching all week about getting a return and I finally got one and the whole team was happy,” Smith said.

The timely score snapped the Panthers’ momentum and propelled the Bombers (5-1, 4-0) to a 35-14 win at Panther Stadium.

Shamaur Edwards (19) prepares to sack at Putnam City North quarterback last Friday night. (Photo by Jeff Harrison)

“I feel like we dominated tonight,” said coach Darrell Hall. “They only had a one-yard drive and a kickoff return and otherwise they don’t get in the end zone. And we’re just flexing our muscles and getting better with our ‘next guy up’ mentality and it feels good.”

Friday night’s game was among the most anticipated clashes in the state. But the Bombers dismantled the previously unbeaten Panthers (6-1, 3-1) with big plays on offense and a stifling defense.

“We’re a talented group and we’ve played quality ball and we’ve been tested,” Hall said. “We’ve met the tests and gotten better.”

Midwest City held the Panthers to 40 yards of total offense including -4 yards rushing. Putnam City North quarterback Carson Laverty only completed four passes all night and was sacked eight times. LeJaylin Long-Jackson, Shamaur Edwards and Detrick Seals each had a pair of sacks. Brandon Wright was the leading tackler with five stops.

Quarterback DeAngelo Irvin Jr. accounted for four touchdowns in the win. The sophomore completed 11 of 15 attempts for 181 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. He ran for 70 yards and two scores.

Smith had two touchdowns for the Bombers. The Oklahoma State commit had 4 catches for 57 yards and a touchdown. His other came on a kick return.

Brian Wilson Jr. led the team in receiving with four catches for 93 yards and one touchdown.

The win keeps the Bombers in the running for the District 6A-II-1 championship. They will host unbeaten Stillwater (6-0, 3-0) on Friday night at Rose Field. The Pioneers were off last week after their game with Northwest Classen was canceled. They beat Lawton 70-17 in their last game on Oct. 16.

On Friday night, Midwest City built an early 13-0 lead with a pair of touchdown drives on their first possessions. Irvin scored on a 22-yard run and later hit Wilson for a 75-yard touchdown. A missed extra point made it a 13-0 score with 5:43 in the first.

North scored their first touchdown of the game after a blocked punt in the second quarter.  Smith helped push the lead back to double digits with a 94-yard kick return.

“They made a mistake of kicking to him and thanks for that,” Hall said.

The Panthers stopped another potential scoring drive late in the second with an interception deep in their own territory.

Midwest City led 19-7 at halftime.

In the third, Irvin hit Smith for a 23-yard touchdown pass in the corner of the end zone. Irvin then caught the two-point conversion from Wilson for a 27-7 lead with 7:27 in the third.

Irvin added a 20-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Camarian Smiley scored the two-point conversion for a 35-7 lead with 8:09 remaining.

Kishaun Denton returned the ensuing kickoff 82 yards to make it a 35-14 final.


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