The No. 7 ranked Charles Page High School football team (1-2) finally got in the win column Friday night in Warr Acres with a 28-14 performance against the No. 13 Putnam City West Patriots (1-2). The home team hung tight with the Sandites through most of the game, but were unable to overcome the staggering Sandite defense and potent play-making of Payton Scott.
CPHS 28 PCW 14
1Q All 7-7
2Q CPHS 7-0
3Q All 7-7
4Q CPHS 7-0
Passing: CPHS 6-12-145-1, PCW 1-6-8-1.
Rushing: PCW 48-276, CPHS 44-238.
Plays-Offense: CPHS 56-383, PCW 54-246.
First Downs: CPHS 14, PCW 11.
Penalties: CPHS 5-45, PCW 5-45.
Fumbles/Lost: PCW 6/1, CPHS 2/2.
Scott, a 5'5" 180 pound running back and wrestling State Champion, has been the Sandites' bread and butter this season. Just last week he carried 40 times for 214 yards and two touchdowns. This week he only needed 34 runs to amass 231 yards and three touchdowns.
The Sandites saw major improvement in the passing game, which has been practically nonexistent in the past two weeks. Theoretically, junior quarterback Caden Pennington should be about 50% on completions this year. Unfortunately, after graduating the entire varsity receiving team, the young guns he's throwing to have been unable to secure the ball.
Pennington was still throwing long on the few deep attempts he made, but the Sandites compensated by cutting his distance and relying primarily on screen passes. The formula worked, and Scott had the biggest receiving night of his career with three receptions for 91 yards and a touchdown. Dash Fleischman hauled in one pass for 40 yards, and Braden Millican took two hits for 14 yards, leaving Pennington with a career high 6-12-145 performance and his first varsity touchdown.
The home team made a statement on their opening drive, marching 61 yards for an 11-yard touchdown run from Anthony Johnson. Dylan Smith kicked the extra point and the Sandites were in a 7-0 hole just three minutes into the game.
Never daunted, the Sandites responded with an 80-yard march in seven plays. Pennington hit Millican for his first pass of the night, picking up a first down in six yards thanks to a Patriot penalty. Next he showed off his scramble, snagging four yards after a bad hike prevented the planned pass.
Scott's first run came up negative, but he snatched his first screen of the night and took it 37 yards. Then Scott dragged a pair of defenders for four yards after contact and snagged a first down in the redzone on his second run of the night. Two snaps later and the rugged running back broke multiple contacts for an 18-yard scoring run. Jaden Weiser's kick sailed true and it was a tie ballgame at Putnam City Stadium.
The teams traded possession from there and Sand Springs lit up the scoreboard three plays into the second quarter with a 52-yard screen play from Pennington to Scott for the lead. Weiser's kick made it 14-7, which would remain the score at half time.
With three minutes left in the third quarter the Sandites made it a two possession game thanks to a 31-yard carry from Scott. The home team responded in a mere three plays. Tyvon Ellis took a handoff 65 yards before being toppled at the four-yard line by Joel Mackey. Mackey may have clocked the fastest sprint in the night to prevent the touchdown, hitting Ellis so hard that the senior back couldn't get off the field for a good five minutes. Not to worry though, Ellis made it back in the fourth quarter for a quick run before being clobbered all over again by the lethal Sandite defense.
Unfortunately, Mackey's magnificent play couldn't prevent the inevitable and the Patriots scored two plays later with a 1-yard run from Larrell Smith.
In the fourth quarter Patriot kicker Dylan Smith tried to boot a field goal from the 34-yard line but came up dry, and Sand Springs returned to a double-digit lead on their next possession.
Fleischman took his lone pass of the night and made it count, breaking three tackles for 40 yards. Scott took it the rest of the way and scored from five yards out. Weiser finished the night perfect for a final score of 28-14.
Defensively the Sandites made several big plays, forcing three punts and two fumbles, hauling in one interception, and three turnovers on downs. Braden Askew hauled in his first pick of the season on a deep pass at the two-yard line, likely preventing a Patriot score. Kameron Adcock and Jerry Lyons both forced fumbles, and Askew secured one of the Patriot's six dropped balls. Hayden Cramer was the quick man to the ball, finishing with a team high 11 tackles.
The Sandites will return to action next Friday with a Highway 97 rivalry road game against No. 14 Sapulpa (0-3) who most recently fell 38-3 to Bishop Kelley (2-1).
Sand Springs Individual Statistics
Passing: Pennington 6-12-145-1.
Rushing: Scott 34-231, McCallie 2-9, Mackey 1-8, Pennington 7-(-10).
Receiving: Scott 3-91, Fleischman 1-40, Millican 2-14.
Punting: Smith 4-145.
Kicking: Weiser 5-166.
Tackles: Cramer 11, Fleischman 7, Edwards 7, Mackey 6, Fain 4, Denton 3, L. Adcock 2, Haley 2, Finch 1, Lyons 1.
Tackles-for-loss: Finch 1-4.
Breakups: Lyons 1.
Kickoff Returns: Scott 1-34, Mackey 1-14.
Interceptions: Askew 1.
Forced Fumbles: K. Adcock 1, Lyons 1.
Choctaw Individual Statistics
Passing: Cotton 1-5-8-1, Ansley 0-1-0-0.
Rushing: Ellis 9-85, Johnson 5-67, Ansley 7-57, Sharp 8-43, Smith 4-7, Cotton 14-5.
Receiving: Trotman 1-8.
Kick Returns: Ingram 3-57.
Punting: Henry 3-102.
Kicking: Smith 3-150.