The No. 8 ranked Charles Page High School football team (5-5, 3-3) suffered a 42-21 defeat in their regular season finale Friday night at Memorial Stadium. The three-time defending State Champions from No. 6 Bixby (6-4, 5-1) won their fourth-straight encounter with the Sandites to clinch a home playoff game, sending the Sandites to take on the District 1 Champions next week.
BHS 42 CPHS 21
1Q All 7-7
2Q BHS 14-0
3Q CPHS 14-0
4Q BHS 21-0
Passing: BHS 19-29-212-1, CPHS 3-12-19-1.
Rushing: BHS 42-232, CPHS 43-159.
Plays-Offense: BHS 73-444, CPHS 55-178.
First Downs: BHS 23, CPHS 15.
Penalties: BHS 4-40, CPHS 4-32.
Fumbles/Lost: BHS 0/0, CPHS 0/0.
The Sandites’ opening drive could not have been more perfect. Luke Bratcher picked up the longest kick return of the season at 45 yards, then the talented Offensive Line paved the way for Payton Scott to march the remaining 52 in only nine plays. The drive was capped by a three-yard run and Jaden Weiser kick for the 7-0 lead.
It was the Spartans’ show from there. They scored on their first possession with a ten-yard run from Tucker Pawley to conclude a seventy-yard twelve-play drive.
The Sandites punted their next possession, the Spartans turned the ball over on a fourth-down pass attempt broken up in the red zone by Lucas Adcock, and the first quarter ended 7-7.
The second quarter was a 14-0 shutout on the part of the visitors. They scored a four-yard run by Pawley on a seven-play 54-yard march. The teams exchanged punts and the Spartans marched 63 yards in eight plays with a one-yard scoring run from Pawley. Reis Vernon was three-for-three on point-after kicks, but bounced a thirty-yard field goal attempt off the uprights shortly before halftime.
After some halftime adjustments, the Sandites came out ready for action and a third-quarter shutout. Kaiden Cox’s onside kick was recovered by Garrett McCallie and the Sandites scored soon after on a four-yard run from Scott. Hayden Cramer picked off a pass on the Spartans’ drive and the Sandites scored once again on a twenty-yard run from Scott to tie the game.
The visitors went right back to work in the fourth with a shutout of their own to sabotage the Sandites' Senior Night. Pawley scored on a one yard run, Staton King sent a 47-yard touchdown pass to Cade Cavendar, then Pawley scored his fifth and final touchdown from seven yards out.
Pawley led all offensive players with 229 yards and five touchdowns, all on the ground. King was 19-29-212-1 by air and Scott was 29-148 rushing with all three Sandite touchdowns. Cramer led the Sandite defense with thirteen tackles, closely followed by Dash Fleischman with eleven.
The Sandites will take the No. 4 seed in District Two, meaning they will travel to No. 2 Midwest City (9-1) for the playoff quarterfinals next Friday. Midwest City went undefeated in district play and their only loss this season was a 27-24 overtime battle with No. 1 Booker T. Washington (9-1, 6-0). Bixby will play host to No. 4 Stillwater (8-2). The winners of those two games will meet at a neutral location in the semifinals.
Sand Springs Individual Statistics
Passing: Pennington 3-12-19-1.
Receiving: McCallie 3-19.
Rushing: Scott 29-148, 3TD. Pennington 9-8. McCallie 3-2. Nortey 2-1.
PAT: Weiser 3/3.
Kick-AVG: Cox 3-28, Weiser 1-30.
Punt-AVG: Smith 5-31.
Kick Return: Bratcher 2-51, Denton 1-10, McCallie 1-10.
Tackles: Cramer 13, Fleischman 11, L. Adcock 7, Finch 6, Askew 6, Edwards 5, Mackey 5, Fain 4, Lyons 3, Bratcher 2, Naugle 1, Krotzer 1, Mock 1, Cartwright 1, Denton 1, Moyer 1, Evans 1.
Tackles For Loss: Finch 2-5, Mackey 1-4, Cramer 1-3, Moyer 1-1.
Interceptions: Cramer 1-7.
Breakups: Edwards 2, L. Adcock 1, Lyons 1, McCallie 1.
Bixby Individual Statistics
Passing: King 19-29-212-1, 1TD.
Receiving: Cavendar 3-70, 1 TD. Presley 7-50, Riddle 6-49, Calton-Wakins 2-33, Barbour 1-10.
Rushing: Pawley 41-229, 5TD. Roller 1-4, King 2-(-1).
PAT: Vernon 5/5.
Field Goals: Vernon 0/1.
Kick-Avg: Vernon 6-42.
Punt-Avg: Vernon 1-39.
Tackles For Loss: King 1-6, #99 1-5, Farley 1-2.
Sacks: #99 1-5.
Interceptions: Tillman 1.