Hot potato football
Kingsmen kick Mustangs 35-0
Putnam prevailed 35-0 in a game of hot potato football with cross-town rival Milwaukie Friday night at Milwaukie.
The two teams had no fewer than 12 turnovers between them.
Milwaukie quarterbacks Aaron Walston and John Snyder threw five interceptions, and the Mustangs fumbled the ball away three times.
The Kingsmen had four miscues, two intercepted passes and two lost fumbles.
Fans got an idea of what was to come when the Kingsmen picked off a pass on Milwaukies first play from scrimmage.
Putnams Tyler Strauss intercepted a pass and returned it 75 yards to set up Putnams third touchdown.
Richie Mock-Serrat and Samuel Jackson-Palmer carried much of the load for Putnam. Mock-Serrat, a 6-0, 195-pound sophomore, set the tone for the Kingsmen, scoring second quarter touchdowns on 21-, 24- and 4-yard runs to stake Putnam to a 21-0 halftime lead.
Jackson-Palmer, a 5-9, 160-pound junior, sparked the Kingsmen offense, picking up 123 yards on 20 carries, and scoring a fourth-quarter touchdown.
Putnam senior John Bradley put the game ice in the third period, when he teamed up with junior quarterback Josey Swain on a 42-yard touchdown pass play.
Swain struggled with his passing game, connecting with his receivers on 3-of-11 attempts for 48 yards, and throwing two interceptions.
Still, thanks to Milwaukies eight turnovers, the Kingsmen dominated the play.
Putnam finished up with a 386- to 136-yard advantage in total offense.
Milwaukie junior helmsman Aaron Walston, playing in only his second game of the season after recuperating from surgery for thyroid cancer, completed 10-of-23 passes for 58 yards, with four interceptions.
Dre Edwards rushed eight times for 40 yards to lead the Mustang ground attack.
With the win, the Kingsmen improved to 3-3 in the Northwest Oregon Conference (3-5 overall). They play top-ranked Sherwood (8-0, 6-0) at Sherwood in this Fridays league final.
Still searching for their first win, the Mustangs (0-8, 0-6) are hopeful for victory on Friday when they finish up their season at St. Helens (2-6, 0-6).