Charles Page High School senior Payton Scott was selected as our Sandite Pride Sandite of the Week for the third time for his record-breaking performances over the last several football games.
Scott has been the offensive anchor for a team that graduated its quarterback and entire receiving squad last year. While the young passing unit has been working to find its mojo, Scott has heartily picked up the slack to account for 83% of the Sandite run game and 73% of the total offense.
In the season-opener against nationally-ranked No. 27 Pulaski Academy (5-0), Scott handled 51% of the plays and scored two touchdowns in the 59-21 loss. He carried 23 times for 92 yards with a long of 27. He also had a 20-yard kick return.
In week two the Sandites hosted Choctaw (4-1) and fell 21-20 after blowing a 13-point lead. Scott scored two more touchdowns with 40 carries for 214 yards and a long of 30.
Sand Springs secured their first win of the season 28-14 on a trip to Putnam City West (1-4). Scott improved on the ground once again, carrying 24 times for 231 yards and three touchdowns, while also catching three passes for 91 yards and a score. His longest carry was 31 yards, he caught a pass for 52 yards, and he recorded a career-best 34-yard kick return.
Not many players can accrue 322 yards and four touchdowns in a single game and follow it up with an even better performance the very next week. Scott pulled it off in a 31-16 rivalry win at Sapulpa (0-5), carrying 29 times for 352 yards and four touchdowns with a career-best 75-yard carry and a career-best 37-yard kick return.
Last week the Sandites traveled to 6A-I Yukon (2-3) and made a goal-line stand for a 26-21 victory. While the defense stole the show for much of the game, Scott was still an invaluable asset for the Sandites, carrying 33 times for 185 yards and three touchdowns with a long of 50 yards.
This year alone, Scott has amassed 1074 yards on 159 carries for fourteen touchowns, plus 96 yards and a touchdown on four receptions. Last year he carried 327 times for 1799 yards and 20 touchdowns, plus 10 receptions for 143 yards. That season the Sandites made the playoff semifinals. Thus far he has played seven-fewer games and is already 60% of the way to beating his prior season's record.
Scott's superstar career won't end with football season. He's also the defending 6A 152-pound State Champion on the Sandite wrestling team. One thing has been apparent throughout Scott's athletic career. Whatever he puts his mind to, he can and will achieve.
Sandite of the Week can be anyone with significant ties to the Sand Springs community who is making a positive impact in Sand Springs or the world. Nominations may be sent to Sanditepridenews@gmail.com