Putnam football slays St. Helens
The Kingsmen rode Landy Wilson and Curtis Hoyle to a big-time revival they needed against St. Helens Friday, Oct. 20.
Wilson, an all-Northwest Oregon Conference senior running back, thundered 42 yards for a touchdown 24 seconds into the night and burst 22 yards for another with 4:37 left in the first quarter as, with senior kicker Drew Urben's pair of extra points, the Kingsmen led 14-0 after 12 minutes at Bill Foelker Field at the Rex Putnam Sports Complex in Milwaukie.
"Tonight we did what we wanted to," said Putnam coach Tim Jacobs as his team responded to a 51-6 Oct. 12 loss at No. 6 Sandy. "We've got one more guaranteed [unless fate should somehow award the Kingsmen the conference's fourth and final Class 5A state seed], and next week is all about freakin' Milwaukie [5-2 overall, 4-2 Northwest Oregon Conference after falling 49-0 to visiting fourth-ranked Wilsonville Oct. 20 and scheduled to visit at 7 p.m. Oct. 27]: We're gonna ruin their season."
Putnam (4-4, 3-3) will chase its first back-to-back wins of the fall in its season finale while, at the same time, the Lions (1-7, 1-5) are set to host Sandy (6-2, 5-1) in their season finale at Doc Ackerson Stadium.
"Our team definitely worked very well [Oct. 20], especially our linemen," said Wilson, a senior running back. "I scored three touchdowns but couldn't have done it without the speed and strength and heart of our linemen and other backers who go out and block. This game meant a lot to me because it was our Think Pink game and my aunt just beat cancer, so this game and win goes out to her."
Leif Nelson's second-quarter 4th-and-18 pass to Caleb Carter in St. Helens' right flat became a trick play as the 6-foot-2, 260-pound senior lineman attempted to hit a receiver in stride up the sideline, but the attempt fluttered to the turf as Hoyle lay a hand on it and the Kingsmen took over at the Lions' 34-yard line at 10:55.
"I think that as a team we played very poorly and did not rally together on defense, which made for the outcome of the game," Carter said.
Dylan Lobby chased Putnam sophomore quarterback Marcellas Kenion right at the Kingsman 25, but Kenion found Hoyle in space and the running back raced 75 yards to the end zone for a 21-0 lead with 9:17 to halftime.
Sophomore back Jadden Hall scored with a one-yard dive at 4:36, and Wilson trotted 55 yards for a 35-0 advance at intermission.
Hoyle ran a reverse toss to the right for six at 8:04 in the third and, as a driving rain began with 4:45 left, he accelerated 21 yards up the left numbers for a score and a 49-0 lead into the fourth.
Cody Leanna ran two yards off-tackle for a touchdown with 1:06 left in the evening, but the Kingsmen blocked Kyle Parnell's point-after and junior tight end Lucas Gardner found a crease in the onside kick coverage 55 yards to the house six seconds later.
PUTNAM 56, ST. HELENS 6
Friday, Oct. 20, at Bill Foelker Field, Rex Putnam Sports Complex, Milwaukie
SH 0 0 0 6 -- 6
P 14 21 14 7 -- 56
P Landy Wilson 42-yard run (Drew Urben PAT), 11:36
P Wilson 22-yard run (Urben PAT), 4:37
P Curtis Hoyle 75-yard pass from Marcellas Kenion (Urben PAT), 9:17
P Jadden Hall 1-yard run (Urben PAT), 4:36
P Wilson 55-yard run (Urben PAT), 2:19
P Hoyle 15-yard run (Urben PAT), 8:04
P Hoyle 21-yard run (Urben PAT), 3:00
SH Cody Leanna 2-yard run (Kyle Parnell PAT blocked), 1:06
P Lucas Gardner 55-yard kick return (Urben PAT), 1:00