By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief
It's been a tremendous season for the Sandites. While they're technically 5-4, on the field they're 7-2, not even including the Guthrie game that we were leading 18-7 when it was called off due to lightning. Two of our losses come from forfeitures (due to an ineligible player) that were actually wins of 61-8 and 33-7. So while the books say otherwise--we all know that realistically Sand Springs is 8-2, which (were it official) would make it our best record since 1997.
Not to mention we beat Booker T in total yardage of 232-217 and we're the only team to score first on them all season. We're also one of only two teams to lead them at any point all season. We also dealt Bixby their first shut out in seven years.
So who are the incredible players that have made all this impossible?
The following stats include both forfeitures and the Guthrie game. Whether officially recognized or not, they did happen.
The leader in passing is first-year starting junior quarterback Hunter Greathouse who has completed 71 of 140 for 1271 yards and 13 touchdowns, averaging 9 yards per pass attempt and 18 per completion. His season long is 70 yards against Guthrie, but has connected for huge throws in every game he's been in, including 63-yarders against Booker T and Bixby, and a 60 against Claremore. His best game this season was against Sapulpa when he threw 10-18-0-204 for 3 touchdowns. He is currently third in 6A-II.
- Multi-purpose junior Kasey Bales also has a 37 yard pass against Enid and is 1 for 2 this season.
- Freshman QB Caden Pennington connected on 1 of 2 passes at Hale for 8 yards.
- Senior holder Jacob Taber has had to throw a couple of passes this season due to bad snaps and is 1 of 2 for 5 yards.
Senior Trace Fleischman is the go-to-guy on receptions with 26 catches for 593 yards and 4 touchdowns. His longest reception of the season was 70 yards against Guthrie. He is the #4 receiver in class 6A-II.
Kasey Bales is the only Sandite with both passing and receiving yards this season. He has 17 catches for 265 yards and 3 touchdowns. His longest reception of the season was 63 yards against Bixby.
Sand Springs has several other talented receivers.
- Lane Lettich 10-165 and 2 touchdowns, long 44.
- Ty Fain 7-107 and 1 touchdown, long 37.
- Payton Scott 2-74 and 1 touchdown, long 59.
- Josh Taber 4-50 and 1 touchdown (on his first play of the season), long 27.
- Jake Ward 4-34, long 13.
- Dalton Honneycut 2-26, long 13.
Senior Lane Lettich is the clear leader on the ground for Sand Springs. He currently has 172 carries for 813 yards, averaging 4.73. He has 13 touchdowns and a long of 29 yards against Muskogee. His best game of the season was against Sapulpa where he carried 23 times for 133 yards and two touchdowns, though he had three touchdowns against Hale as well as Claremore. Lettich is #7 in 6A-II at rushing.
Trailing Lettich is sophomore Payton Scott who will likely be the starting tailback next season. He sits at 93 carries for 705 yards and 7 touchdowns with a long of 45 against Ponca City. He averages 7.58 yards-per-carry and his season-best was a breakthrough 17-200 and 2 touchdowns against Ponca. Scott is #9 in 6A-II at rushing.
Lawton is the only other team with two players in the top-10 for rushing yards.
Other Sandites with rushing yards are
- Trace Fleischman 16-86, long 31.
- Ben Norte 14-79, long 36.
- Hunter Greathouse 50-25 and 2 touchdowns, long 23.
- Tony Chinchilla 2-21 and 1 touchdown, long 11.
- Kasey Bales 3-9, long 16.
- Jaxon Starling 1-1.
#3 Sand Springs (5-4, 5-2) will enter the playoffs for the fourth-consecutive season tonight at #8 Stillwater (5-5, 3-3) and is the favorite to win. Sand Springs's offense averages 3.5 touchdowns per game.