Charles Page High School senior running back Payton Scott set the all-time school rushing record Friday night with a 507-yard seven-touchdown performance against Bartlesville (1-7, 1-4), but the performance was just the latest rung on the never-ending ladder of his incredible career.
Scott's week nine performance brought his season stats to 2,160 rushing yards and 28 touchdowns on 285 carries, and his career stats to 5,090 yards and 58 scores on 788 carries. That's not even including his receiving career which stands at 31 catches for 449 yards and three touchdowns. Tack on nine kick returns for 203 yards and the deceptively small athlete averages 6.93 yards every time he touches the ball.
Standing at a mere 5'5" 180 pounds, to the untrained eye he might not look like much of a threat. However, the 152-pound defending State Champion wrestler is 100% muscle and 100% motivation, combining for the strength of two men. Not just any two men, but two men straight out of the Olympics.
Scott's abilities have only continued to improve as time goes on and this season alone he averages 7.58 yards per carry, a notable improvement over his already impressive 5.5 yards per carry last season. The always dependable athlete has accounted for 73% of the Sandites' total offensive yardage this year, handling 71% of the carries and 59% of the total plays. He holds the top-two single-game performances in town history.
One thing is for sure, the Sandites (5-4, 3-2) will need every inch of his abilities to defeat the three-time defending State Champions from Bixby (5-4, 4-1) this coming Friday. Kickoff is at 7:00 p.m. and pending the final week of district action, it could be the last time he and 24 other senior Sandites play under the Memorial Stadium lights.
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