The No. 8 ranked Charles Page High School football team (5-4, 3-2) needed just one more win to make the playoffs, and they found it with style in a 55-13 performance against No. 13 Bartlesville (1-7, 1-4). 5'5" senior running back Payton Scott had already set the school's single-game rushing record with 352 yards in a week-four bout with Sapulpa. He completely shattered his own record against Bartlesville with 47 carries for 507 yards and seven touchdowns.
CPHS 55 BHS 13
1Q CPHS 14-0
2Q CPHS 21-13
3Q CPHS 20-0
4Q All 0-0
Passing: BHS 22-36-227-1, CPHS 1-1-11-0.
Rushing: CPHS 61-555, BHS 25-77.
Plays-Offense: CPHS 62-566, BHS 61-304.
First Downs: CPHS 21, BHS 14.
Penalties: CPHS 3-26, BHS 3-25.
Fumbles/Lost: CPHS 1/0, BHS 2/1.
The Sandites got off to a great start thanks to their powerful run game and a fumble recovery from Luke Bratcher. Both teams exchanged punts on their opening possessions, then the Sandites went to work. Scott carried eight times for 74 yards, aided by a facemask penalty, and scored the opening points on a five-yard run. Jaden Weiser kicked the point-after and the Sandites were up 7-0.
Bartlesville would have to wait another 53 seconds before bringing out their offense. Kaiden Cox’s kick was muffed by Will Walton and recovered by Bratcher for another Sandite possession. This time they needed only three plays to score. Ben Nortey took it eighteen yards for a first down and eight more yards for the touchdown, his second of the season.
The Bruins marched as far as the Sandite 40 before Gage Fain wrapped up Deandre Young at the line of scrimmage for a turnover on downs two plays into the second quarter. Scott came back to the field for three more plays and 55 yards, scoring on a 23-yard run for the 21-0 advantage.
Bartlesville made their way onto the scoreboard on their next possession with a 48-yard pass from Noah Sunday to John Cone, but the Sandites responded with yet another Scott-dominated drive, scoring on a 22-yard run thanks to a big block from Dash Fleischman.
Bartlesville looked threatening to start their next drive, kicking things off with a 22-yard pass to Young, but Kris Edwards and Jerry Lyons teamed up for a thirteen-yard sack to push them right back into their territory. Fain drilled Cone on a short screen and Joel Mackey broke up a deep ball to force a punt.
Once again the Sandites were insatiable as the two running backs traded off runs to combine for a 75-yard drive capped by a 32-yard touchdown carry from Scott through a hole created by Cameron Lierly and Nicolas Hancock.
The Sandite Defense did their best to stave off the Bruins’ next possession but the visitors ate up the last 3:20 and scored an eleven-yard pass to Bradley Crawford as time expired. After a bad snap forced a two-point pass attempt, Bratcher picked it off in the endzone to end the half 35-13.
The second half didn’t start off any better for the Bruins, who threw an interception to Hyatt Cartwright on the third play of the opening drive. Scott made the most of it, driving 70 yards in eight plays for a five-yard touchdown run and 42-13 lead.
Bartlesville was held to a quick three-and-out and Scott broke his previous record on an eight-yard run. Three carries later and he scored his sixth touchdown on a nine-yard carry.
Another unsuccessful drive from the Bruins and Scott went right back to work with a 67-yard drive in five carries to end the third quarter with the final points of the game and 195 yards in that stanza alone.
Even the Sandite JV was too much for the Bruins and time ran out with Bartlesville held at the Sandite sixteen yard line.
The Sandites will next host No. 4 Bixby (5-4, 4-1) who was shut out 21-0 by No. 1 Booker T. Washington (8-1, 5-0), clinching the District Two Championship for the Hornets. The three-time defending State Champions will roll into Sand Springs Friday at 7:00 p.m.
Sand Springs Individual Statistics
Passing: Pennington 1-1-11-0.
Receiving: Scott 1-11.
Rushing: Scott 47-507, 7TD. Nortey 5-53, 1TD. Jones 2-1. Wilkerson 1-0. Pennington 6-(-6).
PAT: Weiser 7/8.
Punt-Avg: Smith 3-33.
Kick-Avg: Cox 8-27. Weiser 1-30.
Kick Return: Denton 2-31.
Tackles: Bratcher 7, Lyons 5, Fain 5, Haley 3, Cramer 3, Brown 3, Rutledge 2, Fleischman 2, Moyer 2, Wakefield 2, Edwards 2, Anderson 2, Denton 2, Courville 1, Mock 1, Wright 1, Mackey 1, Finch 1, Smith 1, Davis 1.
For Loss: Fain 3-11, Edwards 2-14, Lyons 1-13, Denton 1-2.
Sacks: Lyons 1-13, Edwards 1-13, Fain 1-8.
Interceptions: Cartwright 1.
Breakups: Bratcher 2, Cramer 1, Denton 1, Mackey 1, Askew 1.
Fumble Recoveries: Bratcher 1.
Bartlesville Individual Statistics
Passing: Sunday 22-36-227-1, 2TD.
Receiving: Cone 11-122, 1TD. Crawford 4-35, 1TD. Young 2-27. Jones 2-18. Gulledge 1-11. Clowdus 1-10. Mantooth 1-4.
Rushing: Young 7-35, Clowdus 8-29, Brady 7-25, Sunday 3-(-12).
PAT: Hopkins 1/1.
Punt-Avg. Unknown#82 5-33.
Kick-Avg: Unknown#82 1-52.
Kick Return: Clowdus 4-8, Cone 1-6, Walton 1-0.
Sacks: Gilette 1-7.