Newsome’s big night leads PCO past Deer Creek
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.