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A royal trouncing at Putnam

Kingsmen stomp Mustangs 57-8

MILWAUKIE - The Rex Putnam Kingsmen had a very happy football homecoming on Friday as Putnam players, coaches and fans celebrated a royal trouncing of cross-town rival Milwaukie well into the night.

The Kingsmen out-gained their guests 470- to 255 yards in total offense, en route to a 57-8 runaway win.

'We played with a lot of emotion tonight,' said Putnam senior co-captain Drew Phillips. 'Ever since youth football you imagine playing Milwaukie your senior year on homecoming night and winning big like this….'

Milwaukie battled early on. Just under four minutes into the second quarter, Mustang quarterback DaJuan Gaunt passed 11 yards to Jared Rodriguez for a touchdown and the Mustangs converted a two-point PAT for an 8-7 Milwaukie lead.

But on the Kingsmen's next play from scrimmage, Putnam athletic standout Deshawn Stephens turned on the after-burners for a 64-yard touchdown run, and it was all Putnam the rest of the way.

Barely a minute later, Putnam defensive back Nick Parr pounced on a Milwaukie fumble at the Mustang 23. And three plays later, Eli Skiles went wide right 14 yards for a touchdown and a 22-8 Kingsmen lead.

The Mustangs were dealt an additional blow on their next possession. Keynan Middleton, Milwaukie's top running back, was sidelined for the remainder of the game by an ankle injury.

Milwaukie punted, and eight plays and 69 yards later, Phillips skipped one yard to the end zone. Bella Geist's PAT kick rang true, making it 29-8 Putnam at the half.

Stephens put the game on ice just a minute into the second half, when he returned a punt 60 yards to the end zone.

Stephens, in just his second game at quarterback, and Phillips carried most of the load in a Kingsmen ground attack that netted 373 yards.

Stephens rushed eight times for 151 yards and a touchdown, and the 6-3, 180-pound junior passed for 97 yards and two touchdowns.

Phillips, a 190-pound senior, carried 16 times for 172 yards and three touchdowns.

'Our offensive line played really well, which opened up our running game,' Stephens said.

Junior Eddy Barrientos-Thomas headed Milwaukie's offense, with 20 carries for 80 yards. Middleton had five carries for 54 yards when he left the game.

For Putnam, the win followed on the heels of a 53-27 loss to Sandy, in a game in which the Kingsmen lost starting quarterback Max Bailey for the season, when he injured his shoulder.

'It doesn't matter where I play,' Stephens said. 'I'm going to do whatever helps the team win. It doesn't mater what position.'

'[The loss of Bailey] has meant we've had to change our style, but doesn't change our goal,' said Phillips. 'We plan on going all the way to a state championship. It's been 30 years in the making, but we believe we can get there. We've got the talent and we've got heart.'

'I feel like we can go deep in the playoffs and possibly go all the way to a state championship, if we play like we did tonight,' said Stephens.

The win put Putnam at 2-2 in the Northwest Oregon Conference (3-3 overall) heading into this Friday's home game with Liberty (3-3, 3-1). Liberty edged Sandy 35-28 last Friday.

Milwaukie (1-5, 0-4) hosts Sandy this Friday.