CPHS Football Preview: Bartlesville at Sand Springs

Braden Millican hauls in a radical catch in a 40-0 loss to Booker T. Washington. (Photo: Scott Emigh).

Braden Millican hauls in a radical catch in a 40-0 loss to Booker T. Washington. (Photo: Scott Emigh).

It's make or break for the Sandite post-season dream in the coming weeks. The No. 8 ranked Charles Page High School football team (4-4, 2-2) needs one more win to make the playoffs, and they'll have a tough (though not impossible) regular-season finale when they host No. 4 Bixby (5-3, 4-0) two Fridays from now. Their best hope is to take down No. 13 Bartlesville (1-6, 1-3) this week, though even the one-win Bruins have been highly competitive in recent weeks. 

Eleventh-year Head Coach Dustin Kinard has amassed a 59-58 record with the Sandites and is 5-5 against the Bruins. This year the Sandites started with a pair of non-district losses, then won four-straight before dropping their last two games. They came up short in a 40-34 shootout with No. 6 Muskoge (3-4 2-2) and received their first shutout since 2011 at the hands of No. 1 Booker T. Washington (7-1, 4-0), 40-0. 

Interim Head Coach Kyle Ppool took over the Bruin program after John McKee was suspended for unknown reasons earlier this season. Ppool was an assistant coach at Bartlesville from 2003-2005 and was defensive coordinator from 2013-2016. He was not currently on staff at the time of McKee's resignation in week three and is 1-4 since taking over the program. The Bruins have gone 4-5 against the Sandites during his stents as an assistant.

The Bruins started the season with a 30-25 field victory against 5A McAlester (1-7) but later forfeited due to an ineligible player. They fell 56-14 to 6A-I Owasso (7-1), 48-29 to 4A Cascia Hall (5-3), 71-6 to Muskogee, and 14-12 to No. 14 Ponca City (1-7, 1-4) before topping No. 15 Sapulpa (1-7, 1-4) 9-2. Last week they put up a surprisingly close effort against Bixby, falling 37-21.

The Sand Springs-Bartlesville rivalry is a difficult one to assign numbers to. The current Bartlesville High School was called College High School from 1939 till 1982, due to housing a junior college in its early years. College High unified with the town's other school, Sooner High, in 1982.

Bartlesville leads the series 38-23 overall. The Sandites lead 9-8 over the last 17 contiguous meetings, Bartlesville leads the series 19-14 since the merger of their two high schools. Sand Springs High School and the long-gone Bartlesville Central High School split their series 3-3. College High led their series 10-4, and Sooner High led their series 6-2.

Bartlesville Avg. Box Score

Points: 17
First Downs: 11
Rushing: 33-93
Passing: 15-32-175-2
Plays-Yards: 65-268
Penalties: 6-54

Allowed: 36
First Downs: 14
Rushing: 38-194
Passing: 10-18-156-1
Plays-Yards: 56-350
Penalties: 7-70
 

Sand Springs Avg. Box Score

Points: 25
First Downs: 13
Rushing: 43-249
Passing: 6-12-75-1
Plays-Yards: 54-324
Penalties: 3-28

Allowed: 27
First Downs: 16
Rushing: 37-202
Passing: 14-23-178-1
Plays-Yards: 60-380
Penalties: 7-53

Sand Springs vs. Bartlesville History

2016: Sand Springs 47-28 (A)
2015: Bartlesville 24-7 (A)
2014: Sand Springs 28-27 (Homecoming)
2013: Bartlesville 40-27 (A)
2012: Sand Springs 27-25 (H)
2011: Sand Springs 34-0 (Homecoming)
2010: Bartlesville 48-16 (A)
2009: Bartlesville 45-14 (H)
2008: Sand Springs 52-24 (A)
2007: Bartlesville 27-26 (H)
2006: Bartlesville 24-14 (A)
2005: Sand Springs 22-3 (A)
2004: Sand Springs 28-18 (H)
2003: Bartlesville 35- (A)
2002: Bartlesville 34-7 (H)
2001: Sand Springs 13-8 (H)
2000: Sand Springs 21-0 (A)

1997: Sand Springs 31-0
1996: Bartlesville 20-16
1995: Sand Springs 28-12
1994: Sand Springs 27-7
1993: Sand Springs 28-6
1992: Bartlesville 40-33
1991: Bartlesville (21-0 according to Sandite Yearbook, 28-0 according to Tulsa World)
1990: Bartlesville 7-0
1989: Bartlesville 23-20 OT
1988: Bartlesville 27-7
1987: Bartlesville 28-27 OT (Shared District Title)
1986: Bartlesville 20-6
1985: Sand Springs 35-15
1984: Bartlesville 17-6
1983: Bartlesville 24-21
1982: Bartlesville 14-0

1979: Sand Springs 8-0 (College)
1978: College High 20-15
1977: Sand Springs 21-0 (Sooner)
1976: Sooner High 6-0
1975: College High 21-0
1975: Sooner High 28-6
1974: College High 14-7
1974: Sooner High 28-9
1973: Sand Springs 14-7 (College)
1973: Sand Springs 34-22 (Sooner)
1972: College High 43-15
1972: Sooner High 41-7
1971: Sooner High 21-6
1970: Sooner High 29-0

1960: College High 48-14
1959: College High 16-6
1958: College High 30-0
1957: College High 19-0
1956: Sand Springs 6-0 (College)
1955: College High 19-0
1954: College High 28-6
1953: Sand Springs 13-7 (College)

1930: Central High 20-6
1929: Sand Springs 12-0 (Central)

1922: Central High 6-0
1921: Sand Springs 22-6 (Central)
1920: Central High 43-7
1919: Sand Springs 19-7