New­some’s big night leads PCO past Deer Creek

The Oklahoman - - SPORTS - Ja­cob Unruh jun­ruh@ ok­la­

WARR ACRES — AJ New­some wasn’t sat­is­fied.

Stand­ing near mid­field of Put­nam City Sta­dium, the Pi­rates’ left-handed quar­ter­back smiled at his stats.

Six touch­downs. More than 430 pass­ing yards.

But he wanted more. “I could al­ways be bet­ter on cer­tain things,” New­some said. “A cou­ple of passes I want to have back.”

On a night No. 5-ranked Put­nam City pulled away for a 48-24 vic­tory over No. 10 Deer Creek to negate a slow start, it’s ju­nior passer put on an­other impressive show.

The win keeps Put­nam City (6-1, 3-1) in the District 6A-II-1 ti­tle race. It also guar­an­tees a win­ning sea­son.

“Each win we have is kind of a mile­stone lately,” Put­nam City coach Pre­ston Pear­son said. “We just keep climb­ing the lad­der.”

New­some com­pleted 19 of 29 passes for 435 yards and six touch­downs to three dif­fer­ent re­ceivers.

He fum­bled once and did have one in­ter­cep­tion, but Pear­son said that wasn’t New­some’s fault.

New­some re­ally turned the game with an 18-yard touch­down pass to Keaire Wilkins with 35 sec­onds re­main­ing in the first half.

That put the Pi­rates ahead 28-21. They never trailed again.

Wilkins and Jawaun Bell shined with New­some, but sopho­more Kyler Pear­son be­came a fa­vorite tar­get in the sec­ond half.

Pear­son caught two of his three touch­downs in the half and fin­ished with six re­cep­tions for 109 yards.

Wilkins had two touch­downs among his seven re­cep­tions for 184 yards. Bell had six re­cep­tions for 132 yards and a score.

‘We’re so ver­sa­tile with all of those re­ceivers we have it’s fun to watch,” Pre­ston Pear­son said.

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