Kingsmen, Mustangs continue to struggle in Class 5A football
Both squads are still searching for their first win
Putnam and Milwaukie high school football teams continued to struggle last week.
The Kingsmen slipped to 0-3 on the season, losing to 13th-ranked Sandy 33-14 in their Northwest Oregon Conference opener.
Milwaukie also slipped to 0-3, losing 62-6 at Pendleton.
The Kingsmen have had arguably one of the toughest schedules in the state to start the season. They played at seventh-ranked Hermiston in their season opener, a 48-7 loss. And they played eighth-ranked Crescent Valley on Sept. 6 and lost 63-35.
The Mustangs lost to top-ranked Sherwood 68-19 in week one, and they lost to Franklin 38-13 on Sept. 6.
A slow start cost the Kingsmen at Sandy. They trailed 33-0 before they found the end zone.
Putnam quarterback Josey Swain connected on 11-of-17 passes for 97 yards; sophomore running back Richie Mock-Seratt picked up 100 yards rushing, on 22 carries.
Putnam touchdowns were scored in the fourth quarter by Mock-Seratt, on a seven-yard run; and by Swain, on a two-yard run. Veteran kicker Bella Geist made both extra points.
Turnovers continued to plague Milwaukie in last weeks 62-6 loss at Pendleton. Milwaukie turned the ball over five times. Milwaukie quarterbacks were intercepted four times and two of the interceptions were returned for touchdowns.
The Mustangs struggled to stop Pendleton 6-0, 185-pound quarterback Chad McCoy, who connected on 15-of-19 passes for 312 yards and three touchdowns.
For Milwaukie, Tyler Spencer completed 7-of-17 passes for 101 yards; and Chris Besaw picked up 71 yards rushing.
Trailing 42-0, Milwaukie scored its only touchdown in the third quarter, on a 22-yard pass from Spencer to Skylar Besaw.
Putnam and Milwaukie have league games scheduled for this Friday. Putnam (0-3, 0-1) plays another highly-ranked team, hosting fourth-ranked Wilsonville (3-0, 2-0); Milwaukie (0-3, 0-1) plays Liberty (2-1, 1-0) on the road.
In games last Friday, Wilsonville thumped Parkrose 42-6, while Liberty edged St. Helens 34-33.