CPHS Football: Payton Scott named Oklahoma Gatorade Player of the Year

In its 33rd year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company announced Payton Scott of Charles Page High School as its 2017-18 Gatorade Oklahoma Football Player of the Year. Scott is the first Gatorade Oklahoma Football Player of the Year to be chosen from Charles Page High School.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Scott as Oklahoma’s best high school football player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Football Player of the Year award to be announced in December, Scott joins an elite alumni association of state award-winners in 12 sports, including Mitchell Trubisky (2012-13, Mentor High School, Ohio), Greg Olsen (2002-03, Wayne Hills High School, N.J.), Matthew Stafford (2005-06 Highland Park High School, Texas), Harrison Smith (2006-07 Knoxville Catholic High School, Tenn.), Latavius Murray (2007-08, Onondaga High School, N.Y.), Brock Osweiler (2008-09, Flathead High School, Mont.) and Leonard Fournette (2014-15 & 2012-13, St. Augustine High School, La.).

The 5-foot-5, 180-pound senior running back rushed for 2,597 yards and 33 touchdowns this past season, leading the Sandites to the Class 6A-II quarterfinals. In breaking the single-season rushing record in Class 6A, the state’s largest division, Scott averaged 31 rushing attempts and 236 yards per game and 7.6 yards per carry for the 5-6 Sandites. This fall, Scott broke school records for rushing yards and rushing TDs in a season, and also set new school marks for single-game yards (507) and single-game TDs (7). A finalist for the Shelter Insurance Mr. Football Award in Oklahoma, Scott ran for 5,826 yards and 71 touchdowns in prep career.

A state champion as a wrestler as well, Scott volunteers at the John 3:16 Mission homeless shelter while also coaching at youth wrestling and youth football camps. “I can say that unequivocally that Payton Scott is the best player I’ve seen in the state,” Bartlesville interim head coach Kyle Ppool said. “He is absolutely amazing on the field. We faced all those guys and he is the best of the group, and definitely most meaningful to his team.”

Scott has maintained a weighted 3.5 GPA in the classroom. He remains undecided on his collegiate destination.

The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by the Gatorade Player of the Year Selection Committee, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.

Scott joins recent Gatorade Oklahoma Football Players of the Year Brandon George (2016-17, Jones High School), Mason Fine (2015- 16 & 2014-15, Locust Grove High School), Cameron Batson (2013-14, Millwood High School), Stanvon Taylor (2012-13, East Central High School), Andrew Hearon (2011–12, Metro Christian Academy), David Glidden (2010-11, Mustang High School), and Demarco Cobbs (2009-10, Central High School) among the state’s list of former award winners.

As a Gatorade Player of the Year, Scott will be able to select a national or local youth sports organization to receive a grant as part of the Gatorade Play It Forward program. Every Gatorade Player of the Year state winner receives a $1,000 grant to donate and will have the opportunity to enter for an additional $10,000 spotlight grant by writing a brief essay explaining why their selected organization deserves additional support. 12 spotlight grants – one for each sport – will be announced throughout the year.

To keep up to date on the latest happenings, become a fan of Gatorade Player of the Year on Facebook and follow the conversation on Twitter #GatoradePOY. For more on the Gatorade Player of the Year program, including nomination information, a complete list of past winners and the announcement of the Gatorade National Player of the Year, visit http://playeroftheyear.gatorade.com/.

CPHS Football: Sandites end season 47-12 at No. 2 Midwest City

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The No. 8 ranked Charles Page High School football team (5-6) saw their season come to an end Friday night in Midwest City as the No. 2 Bombers (10-1) secured their first semifinal berth since before the Class 6A split. The home team dominated with a 47-12 win that was nearly a shutout.

MWC 47 CPHS 12

1Q MWC 13-0
2Q MWC 21-0
3Q CPHS 12-6
4Q MWC 7-0

Passing: MWC 14-22-228-0, CPHS 3-8-20-2.
Rushing: CPHS 39-151, MWC 39-148.
Plays-Offense: MWC 61-376, CPHS 47-171.
First Downs: MWC 14, CPHS 9.
Penalties: 9-90.
Fumbles-Lost: CPHS 4-0, MWC 3-1.
 

This was the third quarterfinal meeting in four years between the two teams. The Sandites topped their higher-seeded hosts the first two times, but this time their record of three-straight semifinal appearances came to a close at the hands of the powerful District One Champions. This was also their first losing record since 2011, though it was a break-even regular season. The Sandites are currently on a school-record six-season streak of making the playoffs.

Things started out ugly for the Sandites who committed two false starts before ever running a play. Payton Scott had a nice fifteen yard run, but it wasn’t enough for a first down after the penalties and they punted away the opening possession. The Bombers scored on their first two possessions with a fourteen-yard pass from Preston Colbert to Dajon Sealey and a 42 yard run by Omari Johns. Elliot Janish’s first point-after kick was good, the second was blocked, and the home team held a 13-0 lead after the first quarter.

On the first drive of the second quarter the Bombers scored on a 25-yard pass from Colbert to Juwan Walker. The Sandites were held to a three-and-out, and the Bombers scored on the first play of the corresponding drive with a 44-yard endzone pass to Walker for the 27-0 advantage. Walker hauled in a twelve-yarder on the next drive to make it 34-0.

The Sandites finally got close to the red zone late in the first half thanks to a 31-yard kick return by Scott and an eleven-yard pass from Caden Pennington to Daren Hawkins, but Tramon Jackson beat out a Sandite receiver for an endzone interception on the next play. The Bombers ran the clock and took a knee for the first-half shutout.

The Sandites got their first defensive stand on the opening possession of the second half, forcing a punt from their 36. The offense picked up a pair of first downs from Scott, but a sack, forced fumble, and recovery from Elijah Manuel led to a one-yard touchdown run by Astin Anderson just five plays later. The visitors got a slight moral victory with a blocked point-after kick by Joel Mackey, but the Bombers were still up 40-0 with more than a quarter to play.

The Sandites finally hit paydirt on their next play with a fifty-yard march by Scott, capped by a two-yard run. The two point play fell apart, but at last the visitors were on the board.

Then came the defensive heroics. Senior lineman Gage Fain forced fumbles on back-to-back plays. The Bombers recovered the first and were drilled for a loss of twenty by Jerry Lyons. Kris Edwards recovered the second and two plays later Scott punched in a 26-yard run. The two-point pass play was unsuccessful, but the Sandites were finally threatening.

That would be the end of their good fortune, however. Their next possession was held to a single play as Jackson picked off his second interception of the night and returned it 44 yards for a touchdown. Janish's kick was the final point of the game. The Sandites fumbled their next possession, the teams exchanged punts, and Midwest City marched to the Sandite redzone before letting the clock run out. 

Scott ended the night with 174 yards on 27 carries, bringing his season total to a school-record 341 carries for 2,482 yards and 33 touchdowns. In his career he is 844-5412 rushing with 63 scores, plus 31 receptions for 449 yards and three touchdowns. He also recorded his first pass on a short shovel to Ben Nortey for eight yards. 

Midwest City will advance to the semifinals and will take on the three-time defending State Champions from No. 5 Bixby (7-4) who trounced No. 4 Stillwater (8-3) 41-14. No. 1 Booker T. Washington (10-1) defeated No. 6 Putnam City (7-4) 56-21 and will take on No. 3 Lawton (9-2) who defeated No. 7 Muskogee (5-5) 57-36. 

CPHS Football Preview: No. 2 Midwest City hosts No. 8 Sand Springs

Current Pittsburg State freshman defensive end Delvin Jordan pressures Bomber quarterback Preston Colbert in the 2016 quarterfinals. (Photo: Virgil Noah).

For the third time in the past four years, the No. 8 ranked Charles Page High School football team (5-5) will travel to No. 2 Midwest City (9-1) for the first round of the Class 6A-II playoffs. The Sandites won their last two bouts with the Bombers, but this will be their toughest match yet.

In 2014 the Sandites made the playoffs for the third-straight year and notched their first playoff win since 1997 when they topped Midwest City 29-28 in overtime. The No. 4 Bombers (7-3) were the favorite to win, but No. 5 Sand Springs (8-4) sent the game into overtime with a field goal and won with a defensive stand on a two-point conversion attempt. The Sandites were defeated 41-14 by Bixby in the semifinals. 

In 2016 the No. 3 Sandites (7-5) topped the No. 4 Bombers (7-4) 23-14 for their fifth-straight playoff appearance and third-straight quarterfinal win. Hunter Greathouse was 13-20-159-2 passing while Payton Scott ran for 142 yards and two touchdowns. The Sandites were defeated 35-21 by Bixby in the semifinals. 

With only two meetings in school history, you wouldn't think there'd be much rivalry in the series, but Midwest City will be out to prove themselves after failing to win a playoff game since 2013 before the 6A split. 

The Bombers have had a stellar season thus far, with their only loss coming 27-24 in overtime against No. 1 Booker T. Washington (9-1). They defeated No. 3 Lawton 41-35, No. 4 Stillwater 35-21, No. 6 Putnam City 32-14 and No. 7 Muskogee 26-20.

The Sandites have had several impressive outings that fell short in the final stretches. They led No. 9 Choctaw 20-7 before falling 21-20. They led Muskogee 34-30 before falling 40-34. They were tied 21-21 with No. 5 Bixby in the fourth quarter before falling 42-21. 

The Sandites have finished three-straight seasons with quarterfinal wins and have had winning records for five-straight years. Both are school records. They'll have to win the State title to end with a winning record, but they can finish at an even 6-6 if they at least win this quarterfinal. 

MWC Average Box

Scored: 40
First Downs: 17
Fumbles-Lost: 2-1
Penalties: 12-99
Passing: 14-21-237-0
Rushing: 35-157
Plays-Offense: 56-394

Allowed: 19
First Downs: 15
Fumbles-Lost: 2-1
Penalties: 7-58
Passing: 13-23-141-2
Rushing: 39-119
Plays-Offense: 62-260
 

CPHS Average Box

Scored: 28
First Downs: 14
Fumbles-Lost: 1-1
Penalties: 3-28
Passing: 5-11-63-1
Rushing: 44-270
Plays-Offense: 55-333

Allowed: 27
First Downs: 17
Fumbles-Lost: 2-1
Penalties: 6-49
Passing: 16-25-187-1
Rushing: 36-192
Plays-Offense: 61-379

Sand Springs vs. Midwest City History

2016: Sand Springs 23-14 (A, Quarterfinals)
2014: Sand Springs 29-28 OT (A, Quarterfinals)

Sand Springs Season Statistic Leaders

Passing

47-104-584-5 Pennington, 5 TD
1-2-45-0 Foster, 1 TD

Receiving

11-148 McCallie, 1 TD
9-144 Scott, 1 TD
11-88 Millican
2-61 Hawkins, 2 TD
2-47 Fleischman, 1 TD

Rushing

314-2308 Scott, 31 TD
28-240 Nortey, 2 TD
68-66 Pennington, 1 TD
10-28 McCallie
13-31 Jones

PAT

33/37 Weiser

Field Goals

1/2 Weiser, Long 25

Punting-Avg

36-31 Smith
1-48 Pennington

Kicking-Avg

27-35 Weiser
22-38 Cox
1-51 Smith

Punt Return

Kick Return

10-182 Denton
7-113 Bratcher
3-91 Scott
4-38 Millican
3-15 McCallie

Tackles

92 Cramer
59 Fleischman
48 Edwards
40 Fain
33 Finch
33 Lyons

For Loss

12-36 Finch
9-26 Fain
7-35 Edwards
6-32 Lyons
6-26 Cramer

Sacks

4-30 Lyons
3-31 Edwards
3-15 Fain
3-11 Finch
1-12 Fleischman
1-12 Cramer

Interceptions

4-31 Askew
2-13 Cramer
1 Cartwright
1 Lyons

Breakups

5 Cramer
4 Bratcher
4 Mackey
3 Denton
3 Edwards
3 Lyons

Fumble Recoveries

3-2 Edwards
2 Askew
1-24 Mackey
1 Bratcher
1 Cramer

Forced Fumbles

1 K. Adcock
1 Cartwright
1 Finch
1 Lyons
1 Mackey

Week Eleven 6A-II rankings and playoff predictions; a look at this weekend's games

The final eight were already decided going into last week's games, and now we have the final seeds for the fourth installment of the 6A Division Two playoffs.

No. 1 Booker T. Washington Hornets (Last Week No. 1) vs. No. 6 Putnam City Pirates (6)

The District Two Champions from Booker T. Washington (9-1, 6-0) will host Putnam City (7-3, 4-3). The Hornets won a relatively close (by their standards) 42-13 battle in Bartlesville (1-8, 1-5) while the Pirates won a solid 52-14 tuneup game in Enid (3-7, 1-6).

Washington's only loss this season was a 30-21 out-of-state exhibition with West Monroe, Louisiana (10-0). They even topped Midwest City 27-24 in overtime.

Putnam City played the tougher district and fell only 27-21 to Lawton and 39-32 to Stillwater but was dominated 32-14 by Midwest City. In their regular season finale AJ Newsome passed for 246 yards and four touchdowns with 38 yards on the ground for two touchdowns, all in the first half. 

The pick: BTW 46 Putnam 21.

No. 2 Midwest City Bombers (2) vs. No. 8 Sand Springs Sandites (8)

The District One Champions from Midwest City (9-1, 7-0) won a solid 35-21 outing with Stillwater (8-2, 5-2) almost entirely on the ground. The Bombers combined for 151 rushing yards while Preston Colbert was 18-22-234-1 by air. They gave up 95 yards in penalties and had one fumble. The Bombers have lost only one game this season, by an overtime field goal to the top-ranked Hornets. 

Sand Springs (5-5, 3-3) fell 42-21 to the defending State Champions from Bixby (6-4, 5-1) but it was all knotted up at 21-21 going into the fourth quarter. They tied 7-7 in the first, the Spartans won a second quarter 14-0 shutout, and the Sandites did the same in the third. Caden Pennington was 3-12-19-1 by air while Payton Scott carried 29 times for 148 yards and all three Sandite touchdowns. 

The pick: MWC 33 CPHS 19.

No. 3 Lawton Wolverines (3) vs. No. 7 Muskogee Roughers (7) 

Last year's State Runners-Up made their way to the finals with a 35-28 semifinal victory over Muskogee. The Roughers (5-4, 4-2) will get a rematch this year, and they'll need to bring their A-game. The Wolverines (8-2, 6-1) are coming off a dominant 56-28 victory in Deer Creek (4-6, 2-5) that started with a 42-7 lead by the second period. Alihas Hopper was 21-26-238 passing with five touchdowns. Miles Davis had 203 yards and two touchdowns on eighteen carries.

Muskogee rediscovered their typically potent offense after a lackluster 27-14 win in Sapulpa (1-9, 1-5), drubbing Ponca City (1-9, 1-5) 51-19 on the road. Jacob Medrano was 16-18-305 with five touchdowns by air and Kristian Hillmon carried 11 times for 93 yards They gave up 115 yards in penalties, but had no turnovers. 

The pick: Lawton 48 Muskogee 35.

No. 4 Stillwater Pioneers (4) vs. No. 5 Bixby Spartans (5)

The three-time defending State Champions (6-4, 5-1) pulled out a winning season and home playoff game with their 42-21 fourth-quarter stand against the Sandites (5-5, 3-3) but they'll have their work cut out for them against Stillwater (8-2, 5-2) whose season has looked far cleaner and more consistent. 

There have been two Bixbys this season. One Bixby beat Jenks 35-18, Muskogee 38-23, Ponca 68-7, and Sand Springs 21-0. The other Bixby lost three-straight including a 37-35 upset in Putnam City. They only beat Bartlesville 37-21, and they were shutout 21-0 by Booker T. Washington. In their regular season finale they squandered a 21-7 lead and allowed the Sandites to tie it up with a third-quarter shutout before rallying in the fourth. Staton King was 19-29-212-1 passing and Tucker Pawley ran for 229 yards and five touchdowns on 41 carries. 

There's only one Stillwater and they can be counted on to show up. The Pioneers started on a five-win streak before falling 43-29 to Lawton, then went on another three-win streak before falling 35-21 to Midwest City. In their regular season finale they went down swinging with a 263-yard running performance and three touchdowns from Tyler Disidore. They also fumbled three times, turning over two of them.

The pick: Bixby 38 Stillwater 32

No. 9 Choctaw Yellowjackets (9) 

Choctaw (6-4, 3-4) once again missed the playoffs by a hair with a winning record and solid season. They went 3-0 outside of their district, including an impressive come-from-behind 21-20 win against Sand Springs. They shut out Enid 37-0 and drilled Putnam West (1-9, 0-7) 45-17 in the season finale. 

Avg Score: 26-23

No. 10 Deer Creek Antlers (10)

Deer Creek (4-6, 2-5) notched wins against 6A-I Southmoore and Edmond Memorial, as well as a 38-24 district win against Enid and a 34-7 performance against Putnam West. Their season finale was a 56-28 home loss to Lawton. 

Avg Score: 25-34

No. 11 Enid Plainsmen (11)

Enid (3-7, 1-6) won their opening two games 34-23 over Guthrie and 61-34 against Ponca City, and made headlines with a 49-42 double-overtime comeback win against Putnam City West who led 42-7 after three quarters. Despite a potent offense, that would be their only district victory and they closed the season with six-straight losses and a 52-14 finale against Putnam City. AJ Newsome passed for 246 yards and four touchdowns with 38 rushing yards and two touchdowns in the loss. 

Avg Score: 30-44

No. 12 Putnam City West Patriots (12)

Putnam West (1-9, 0-7) won their season-opener 16-15 against Duncan, but wouldn't notch another win this year. They had a few solid performances, putting up 42 points against Enid and only falling 21-11 to Putnam City, but ended the year with a 45-17 loss to Choctaw. 

Avg Score: 15-38

No. 13 Bartlesville Bruins (13)

Bartlesville (1-8, 1-5) found their lone win in game six, 9-2 against Sapulpa. They also defeated McAlester 30-25 in the season debut, but forfeited the game later due to an ineligible player. After the suspension, then resignation of their former head coach, the Bruins were in a holding pattern under interim coach Kyle Ppool. 

Avg Score: 16-39

No. 14 Sapulpa Chieftains (14)

Sapulpa (1-9, 1-5) started the season with seven-straight losses before trouncing Ponca City 42-14. They had several solid performances, including a 27-20 game against Choctaw, and a 27-14 loss to Muskogee, but never could cross the finish line. They ended the year with a 54-13 loss to Broken Arrow and managed 132 rushing yards against 6A-I powerhouse team. 

Avg Score: 13-34

No. 15 Ponca City Wildcats (15)

Ponca City (1-9, 1-5) edged out Bartlesville 14-12 in week five to avert a winless season and ended the year with a 51-19 battle against Muskogee. Justin Andrews was 20-44-254-1 passing for both Wildcat touchdowns. 

Avg Score: 14-44. 

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Scott Emigh
Editor-in-Chief
Overall: 68-18 (.791)
Last Week: 8-0 (1.00)
Last Year: 48-21 (.695)

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Virgil Noah
Staff Writer
Overall: 58-15* (.794)
Last Week: 8-0 (1.00)
Last Year: 43-26 (.623)

*Virgil missed the first week of picks.

CPHS Football: Sandites fall 42-21 to No. 6 Bixby on Senior Night

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.

Longtime Sandite Ed Dubie inducted into University of Tulsa Hall of Fame

Former Sand Springs coach and athletic director Ed Dubie was inducted into the University of Tulsa Hall of Fame this September.

Dubie was a four-sport athlete, lettering twelve times at TU from 1928 through 1931. He played football, baseball, track, and basketball. Playing the quarterback position, he led TU to a 26-6 win over Arkansas in the first game ever played at Skelly Stadium in 1930. He was a starting player on the basketball team and was team captain for three seasons. Prior to college, he played for Bristow High School.

After graduating from TU in 1932, he refereed Big Eight and Missouri Valley football games for 25 years, chaired the Tulsa Metropolitan Area Planning Commission for 25 years, taught a church school class for 37 years, served on the Sand Springs School Board for 42 years, and defeated lung cancer along the way.

During his tenure in Sand Springs, he coached football, basketball, and baseball. His 1937 football team went undefeated. The field house at Charles Page High School was named in his honor.

Following his career with Sand Springs Public Schools, he headed the tax and insurance departments for the Sand Springs Home Interests and became a partner at the Dubie-Wells insurance agency. He also served as the head of the Tulsa Chapter of the American Cancer Society.

Dubie passed in 1992 at the age of 84. His wife, Marjorie, joined him in 1998 at the age of 85.

Joining Dubie in the TU Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2017 are three-time Conference Pole Vault Champion David Smoot, Minnesota Viking Wes Hamilton, four-time All-American golfer Stacy Prammanasudh, All-Conference softball player Lauren Lindsay, and the 1982 Conference Champion Football Team. 

The induction ceremony was held Friday night, September 29th at the Lorton Performance Center at TU. The inductees were also recognized at halftime of the Tulsa-Navy football game on September 30th. 

Week Ten 6A-II rankings and predictions; a look at this weekend's games

It's the last week of the regular season, and the eight playoff-bound teams have all clinched their berths. From District One it'll be Midwest City, Lawton, Stillwater, and Putnam City. District Two will advance Booker T. Washington, Bixby, Muskogee, and Sand Springs. The teams still have one last game to try and improve their seed. 

No. 1 Booker T. Washington Hornets (Last Week No. 1) vs. No. 13 Bartlesville Bruins (13)* District 2

Booker T. (8-1, 5-0) clinched the District 2 Championship last week with a 21-0 shutout of the defending State Champions from Bixby (5-4, 4-1). The Hornets held Bixby to 115 total yards, including 11 yards on 33 runs, thanks in part to seven sacks. Thomas Grayson ran 20 times for 131 yards and all three Hornet touchdowns came in the first half. Both teams gave up two interceptions apiece with no fumbles. 

Bartlesville (1-7, 1-4) was part of a record setting night, but at their expense. The Sand Springs Sandites (5-4, 3-2) dealt the Bruins a 55-13 loss, running for over 500 yards. Noah Sunday was 22-36-227-1 passing but their run game was held to 77 yards on 25 carries and they gave up one fumble. 

The pick: BTW 58 BHS 7.

No. 2 Midwest City Bombers (2) vs. No. 4 Stillwater Pioneers (5)* District 1

The Bombers (8-1, 6-0) are one step closer to a District title after scoring a 46-25 win over Enid (3-6, 1-5). Their defense was slow-starting as both teams scored on their initial drives before the Bombers jumped ahead with five-straight touchdowns. Preston Colbert was 11-16-222-0 passing and Austin Anderson carried 19 times for 186 yards.

Stillwater (8-1, 5-1) is still in contention for the title after a 39-32 win against Putnam City (6-3, 3-3), but they'll need some help to get there. Not only will they need to beat Midwest City, but they'll also need Lawton to lose. It's impossible for the Pioneers to pass the Bombers in point-differential, so even with a fifteen-point win, they'll need the Wolverines to win by less than two points for Stillwater to host a playoff game. Tyler Disidore ran 18-110, Qwontrell Walker ran 17-111, and Garrett Leming was 11-74 in the back-and-forth affair. 

The pick: MWC 38 SHS 29.

No. 3 Lawton Wolverines (3) vs. No. 10 Deer Creek Antlers (10)* District 1

Lawton (7-2, 5-1) is still in the running for the district title, but it's almost entirely out of their hands. Even with a fifteen-point win over Deer Creek (4-5, 2-4), they'll still need Stillwater to upset Midwest City by at least eight points. Last week they throttled Putnam City West (1-8, 0-6) 44-7. Deer Creek is coming off a 34-21 loss to Choctaw (5-4, 2-4).

The pick: LHS 47 DC 14.

No. 5 Bixby Spartans (4) vs. No. 8 Sand Springs Sandites (8)* District 2

The three-time defending State Champions (5-4, 4-1) suffered a 21-0 shutout at the hands of Booker T. (8-1, 5-0). Staton King was 7-21-104-2 passing and Tucker Pawley was held to 38 yards on 19 carries. All 21 of the Hornets' points came in the first half. The Spartans will clinch a home playoff game with a win. 

Sand Springs (5-4, 3-2) did what they do best and fed the ball to Payton Scott all night long against Bartlesville (1-7, 1-4). The senior star ran for 506 yards and seven touchdowns in the 55-13 beat down. The Sandites won the turnover battle with one pick and one fumble. The Sandites can still earn a home playoff game with an upset of Bixby and a Ponca City upset of Muskogee. 

The pick: BHS 38 CPHS 29.

No. 7 Muskogee Roughers (6) vs. No. 15 Ponca City Wildcats (14)* District 2

Muskogee (4-4, 3-2) is coming off a lackluster 27-14 performance against Sapulpa (1-8, 1-5). Jacob Medrano was 18-27-203-0 passing and the Roughers were 37-139 on the ground. They'll clinch third place with a win and a Sandite loss, but if the Sandites upset Bixby it'll come down to point-differential and the Roughers have the lowest spread of the four post-season qualifiers. 

Ponca City (1-8, 1-4) is effectively out of contention, but they could still play the spoiler when it comes to post-season seeding. The Wildcats are coming off a 28-14 loss to Norman (1-8) and should theoretically be an easy win for the Roughers. However, the Wildcats have had some impressive offensive outings this season, scoring 34 against Enid and 21 against Booker T. 

The pick: MHS 39 PoHi 19.

No. 6 Putnam City Pirates (7) vs. No. 11 Enid Plainsmen (11)* District 1

Putnam City (6-3, 3-3) lost a 39-32 heart-breaker in Stillwater to seal them in at fourth in districts. The Pirates are bound for Booker T. in the post-season, but first they get a tuneup game against Enid (3-6, 1-5). A.J. Newsome was 19-33-268-0 passing while Keylhan Henderson led the ground game with 109 yards on 17 carries.

Enid (3-6, 1-5) is coming off a 46-21 loss to Midwest City (8-1, 6-0). Mason Skrimager was 27-37-191-2 passing.

The pick: PHS 40 EHS 23.

No. 9 Choctaw Yellowjackets (9) vs. No. 12 Putnam City West Patriots (12)* District 1

Choctaw (5-4, 2-4) won a 34-21 bout with Deer Creek (4-5, 2-4), but is out of playoff contention and shooting to end the year with a winning record. Putnam City West (1-8, 0-6) is coming off a 44-7 beat down from Lawton (7-2, 5-1) and is just hoping to avoid a winless district record.

The pick: CHS 35 PCW 21.

No. 14 Sapulpa Chieftains (15) vs. Broken Arrow Tigers

Sapulpa (1-8, 1-5) wrapped up their district season with a 27-14 loss to Muskogee (4-4, 3-2) and will end the year against 6A-I Broken Arrow (5-4). The Chieftains were 24-106 on the ground and 8-16-76-1 by air against the Roughers. Broken Arrow is coming off a 49-7 victory over Edmond Memorial (1-8) led by Noah Cortes with 231 yards on the ground and Kejuan Tolbert with 173. 

The pick: BAHS 56 SHS 10.

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Overall: 60-18 (.769)
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Overall: 50-15* (.769)
Last Week: 8-0 (1.00)
Last Year: 43-26 (.623)

*Virgil missed the first week of picks.

CPHS Football Preview: Bixby at Sand Springs, home playoff game on the line

 Payton Scott (34) posts a block for 2016 quarterback Hunter Greathouse (5) in a Semifinal Playoff game against Bixby. Scott ran for 86 yards and a touchdown in the 35-21 loss while Greathouse passed for 125 yards and two touchdowns. (Photo: Morgan Miller). 

Payton Scott (34) posts a block for 2016 quarterback Hunter Greathouse (5) in a Semifinal Playoff game against Bixby. Scott ran for 86 yards and a touchdown in the 35-21 loss while Greathouse passed for 125 yards and two touchdowns. (Photo: Morgan Miller). 

The No. 8 ranked Charles Page High School football team (5-4, 3-2) will host the three-time defending State Champions from No. 5 Bixby (5-4, 4-1) in their regular season finale Friday night at Memorial Stadium. Both teams have already clinched playoff appearances, but their seeding is very much undecided.

The Spartans and Sandites are second and fourth, respectively, in their district. With a loss, the Sandites will take on the District One Champions, likely No. 2 Midwest City (8-1, 6-0). With a win and a Ponca City upset of Muskogee, the Sandites will be the District Runners-Up and get to host a playoff game. If both Sand Springs and Muskogee win their games, it will come down to point differential and the Sandites will be guaranteed third place. If the Sandites beat Bixby by more than ten points, they can take second.

Both teams have the same record overall, but the Spartans have pulled off one more district win than the Sandites. Sand Springs went 2-2 in non-district play to the Spartans' 1-3, but the Spartans played a tougher schedule. 

Bixby defeated 6A-I Jenks (5-4) 35-18, but the Trojans weren't quite themselves at the time, starting the year 0-4 for the first time since 1968. Since then they have rattled off five-straight victories in dominant fashion. From there the Spartans fell 47-28 to Bentonville (7-2), 37-35 to No. 6 Putnam City (6-3) and 34-22 to 6A-I Westmoore (7-2). All competitive losses to quality programs. 

Sand Springs dropped their season opener 59-21 to Pulaski Academy (9-0), then gave up a 21-20 come-from-behind loss to No. 9 Choctaw (5-4) after leading for the entire game. They rebounded with a 28-14 win over No. 12 Putnam City West (1-8). The Sandites won a district bout with Sapulpa then won 26-21 over 6A-I Yukon (4-5).

Looking at mutual opponents:

  • No. 14 Sapulpa (1-8, 1-5). Sand Springs beat their biggest rivals 31-16. Bixby pummeled the Chieftains 48-10. It's tough to compare scores in a rivalry game. 
  • No. 15 Ponca City (1-8, 1-4). Sand Springs wrecked the Wildcats 41-7, but once again Bixby had the better performance with a 68-7 beat down.
  • No. 7 Muskogee (4-4, 3-2). Bixby handily defeated the Roughers 38-23 while the Sandites fell 40-34. It's worth noting that the Sandites came back from a 30-13 deficit to a 34-30 lead before giving up a 96-yard kick return. Even then, they picked up a first down at the Muskogee thirteen-yard line before time ran out. 
  • No. 1 Booker T. Washington (8-1, 5-0). Both teams were shut out by the top-ranked Hornets. Sand Springs fell 40-0, Bixby fell 21-0. 
  • No. 13 Bartlesville (1-7, 1-4). The Spartans had one of their worst games of the season two weeks ago, only defeating the Bruins 37-21. The Sandites had their biggest win of the year last Friday and murdered Bartlesville 55-13. 

If both teams play their best performances of the season, the Spartans will likely be the victors. But in a year plagued by turnovers and poor execution, they could easily be upended by the Sandites who have played a relatively clean season. 

Bixby leads the series 15-12 and 8-2 in the last seven years. The Spartans won the first meeting in 1922 when Sand Springs High School was coached by A.R. Bateman. The Sandites won back-to-back from 1926-1927 and the teams didn't meet again until the 1980s when they split the series 3-3. The Sandites won the 1990s series 5-3, but the most recent saga has been rather one-sided on the part of the Spartan program. 

The Spartans are led by CPHS graduate Loren Montgomery, who was an All-State offensive lineman under Head Coach L.D. Bains. Montgomery joined Bixby in 2010 and has a coaching record of 56-34 in his eighth season. He is 8-2 against his Alma Mater and has led his team to three consecutive State Championships since the 6A split. Sandite coach Dustin Kinard is 60-58 in his eleventh year leading the program. This will be their sixth-straight year making the playoffs, which is a town record.

Bixby Average Box

Scored: 35
First Downs: 21
Fumbles/Lost: 2/1
Penalties: 7-58
Passing: 13-24-200-1
Rushing: 38-191
Plays-Offense: 62-391

Allowed: 24
First Downs: 18
Fumbles/Lost: 2/1
Penalties: 7-56
Passing: 17-29-237-1
Rushing: 30-117
Plays-Offense: 59-354

CPHS Average Box

Scored: 29
First Downs: 14
Fumbles/Lost: 1/1
Penalties: 3-28
Passing: 5-10-68-0
Rushing: 45-283
Plays-Offense: 55-350

Allowed: 26
First Downs: 16
Fumbles/Lost: 2/1
Penalties: 6-49
Passing: 15-25-184-1
Rushing: 35-188
Plays-Offense: 60-371

Sand Springs vs. Bixby History

2016: Bixby 35-21 (State Semifinals)
2016: Bixby 35-19 (A)
2015: Bixby 38-28 (State Championship)
2015: CPHS 20-0 (H)
2014: Bixby 41-14 (State Semifinals)
2014: Bixby 34-31 (A)
2013: Bixby 35-21 (A)
2012: CPHS 21-7 (H)
2011: Bixby 43-23 (A)
2010: Bixby 48-35 (H)

1999: Bixby 23-7 (H)
1998: CPHS 30-6
1997: CPHS 19-0
1996: CPHS 28-7
1995: Bixby 17-10
1994: CPHS 33-7
1993: CPHS 26-20
1992: Bixby 20-17 OT

1985: CPHS 14-3
1984: CPHS 5-3
1983: Bixby 21-4
1982: Bixby 28-7
1981: Bixby 14-12
1980: CPHS 10-7

1927: CPHS 20-6
1926: CPHS 30-12

1922: Bixby 19-14

Sand Springs Season Statistic Leaders

Passing

44-92-565-4 Pennington, 5TD
1-2-45-0 Foster, 1TD

Receiving

9-144 Scott, 1TD
8-129 McCallie, 1TD
11-88 Millican
2-61 Hawkins
2-47 Fleischman, 1TD

Rushing

285-2160 Scott, 28TD
26-239 Nortey, 2TD
59-58 Pennington, 1TD
13-31 Jones
5-27 Edwards

Point-After Kicks

30/34 Weiser

Field Goals

1/2 Weiser, Long 25

Punting-Avg

31-31 Smith
1-48 Pennington

Kicking-Avg

26-35 Weiser
19-40 Cox
1-51 Smith

Punt Return

Kick Return

9-172 Denton
3-91 Scott
5-62 Bratcher
4-38 Millican
1-14 Mackey

Tackles

79 Cramer
48 Fleischman
43 Edwards
36 Fain
30 Lyons

For Loss

10-31 Finch
9-26 Fain
7-35 Edwards
6-32 Lyons
5-23 Cramer

Sacks

4-30 Lyons
3-31 Edwards
3-15 Fain
3-11 Finch
1-12 Fleischman
1-12 Cramer

Interceptions

4-31 Askew
1-6 Cramer
1 Cartwright
1 Lyons

Breakups

5 Cramer
4 Bratcher
4 Mackey
3 Denton
2 Lyons

Fumble Recoveries

3-2 Edwards
2 Askew
1-24 Mackey
1 Bratcher
1 Cramer

Forced Fumbles

1 K. Adcock
1 Cartwright
1 Denton
1 Finch
1 Lyons
1 Mackey

Sandite of the Week Payton Scott surpasses 5,000 career rushing yards

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. 

Click here to view previous Sandite of the Week recipients. 

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CPHS Football: Payton Scott runs for school-record 507 yards in 55-13 victory over Bartlesville

 CPHS senior running back Payton Scott set a school record with 507 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns in the 55-13 win over Bartlesville. (Photo: Morgan Miller).

CPHS senior running back Payton Scott set a school record with 507 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns in the 55-13 win over Bartlesville. (Photo: Morgan Miller).

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.

Sandite of the Week Hayden Cramer leads Sandite defense in total tackles

Charles Page High School junior Hayden Cramer was selected as our Sandite of the Week for his consistent outstanding performance on the Sandite defense this season. The 5'10" 200-pound linebacker has led his team in total tackles in seven of eight games this season and has 76 for the season.

In the first game of the season the Sandites were trounced 59-21 by nationally-ranked No. 45 Pulaski Academy (8-0). Cramer led the team with eight tackles and two pass breakups. 

In week two the Sandites were upset 21-20 No. 9 Choctaw (4-4). Cramer recorded eight tackles, one for a loss of three yards. He also had a six-yard interception return and one pass breakup.

In week three the Sandites notched their first win 28-14 over No. 12 Putnam City West (1-7), led by Cramer with eleven tackles. In week four they recorded a 31-16 rivalry win over No. 15 Sapulpa (1-7, 1-4) led by Cramer with nine tackles and one tackle for a loss of three yards. 

Week five was another double-digit effort from Cramer, who recorded ten tackles in a 26-21 victory at 6A-1 Yukon (4-4). In week six he recorded seven tackles, including a twelve-yard sack, in a 41-7 beatdown of No. 14 Ponca City (1-7, 1-4). 

Two weeks ago the Sandites fell off their winning streak in a 40-34 shootout against No. 6 Muskogee (3-4, 2-2) despite a season-best thirteen-tackle performance from Cramer that included one tackle for loss and a fumble recovery. Last week the Sandites were shut out 40-0 by No. 1 Booker T. Washington (7-1) and Cramer recorded ten tackles, one for loss, and one pass breakup. 

The Sandites are currently ranked No. 8 in Class 6A-II with a 4-4 record overall and a 2-2 district record. They are fourth in district standings with two games left. The three teams behind Sand Springs are Bartlesville (1-6, 1-3), Sapulpa, and Ponca.

Only No. 13 Bartlesville has the potential to knock Sand Springs out of the post-season, and they will get their chance this Friday at Memorial Stadium at 7:00 p.m. If the Sandites win against the Bruins they'll clinch a playoff game. If they lose to Bartlesville they'll have to upset No. 4 Bixby (5-3, 4-0) in the regular-season finale to secure their spot. 

Week Nine 6A-II rankings and predictions; a look at this weekend's games

No. 1 Booker T. Washington Hornets (Last Week No. 1) vs. No. 4 Bixby Spartans (3)* District 2

The Hornets (7-1, 4-0) reaffirmed their number one rank with a 40-0 shut out of Sand Springs (4-4, 2-2). They outperformed 450 yards to 155, with a 20-34-196-0 passing performance from Phillip Wheatley and a 24-164 ground game from Thomas Grayson. Dewanye Cooks Jr. recorded a 98-yard kickoff return to set the tone for the night. Defensively they recorded six tackles for loss, five sacks, and two fumble recoveries.

The three-time defending State Champions (5-3, 4-0) came out on top of a surprisingly close 37-21 battle in Bartlesville (1-6, 1-3). The Spartans had their lowest-scoring win since the season-opener against Jenks (4-4) despite recording a safety and two interceptions. 

The pick: BTW 39 Bixby 33.

No. 2 Midwest City Bombers (2) vs. No. 11 Enid Plainsmen (11)* District 1

The District One favorites continued their dominating and undefeated district streak with a 32-14 win at Putnam City (6-2, 3-2). Midwest City (7-1, 5-0) was up 26-0 at halftime and 32-0 in the fourth quarter before allowing the Pirates to score. Preston Colbert was 15-18-329-0 passing and the Bombers added another 167 yards on the ground.

Enid (3-5, 1-4) fell in a 20-0 deficit against Stillwater (7-1, 4-1) before getting on the scoreboard and finishing 53-34. Mason Skrimager passed for 247 yards and ran for 69 yards with a combined four touchdowns. 

The pick: MWC 53 Enid 16.

No. 3 Lawton Wolverines (4) vs. No. 12 Putnam City West Patriots (12)* District 1

Lawton (6-2, 4-1) put a 41-17 hammering on Choctaw (4-4, 1-4) and shouldn't have too much difficulty closing out the season for a second place finish in the district. Next up they'll take on Putnam City West (1-7, 0-5) who fell 34-7 to Deer Creek (4-4, 2-3) on Thursday. 

The pick: Lawton 50 PCW 18.

No. 5 Stillwater Pioneers (5) vs. No. 7 Putnam City Pirates (8)* District 1

Stillwater (7-1, 4-1) is still shooting for a district title after their 53-34 win in Enid (3-5, 1-4). If they can win out their next two games they can force a three-way tie for the title and the spot will be awarded on point differential. First they have to get past Putnam City (6-2, 3-2) who is coming off a 32-14 defeat against Midwest City. 

Gunnar Gundy was 7-12-89 passing while the Pioneer running backs did most of the work, racking up 422 yards in their win. Putnam City was held to 89 yards on 28 carries in their loss, and A.J. Newsome passed 18-40-191-2.

The pick: SHS 39 PHS 26.

No. 6 Muskogee Roughers (6)* vs. No. 15 Sapulpa Chieftains (15)* District 2

Muskogee (3-4, 2-2) took a bye week to recover after their close 40-34 shootout win with Sand Springs (4-4, 2-2) and will next have to get past Sapulpa (1-7, 1-4). In their game with the Sandites the Roughers gave up four fumbles and an interception but still managed to come out on top thanks to an 18-25-381-1 passing performance by Jacob Medrano. They were held to 91 yards on 28 carries. 

After falling 9-2 to previously winless Bartlesville (1-6, 1-3), the Sapulpa Chieftains rebounded with a vengeance in a 42-14 battle with Ponca City (1-7, 1-4). Eli Williams ran eleven times for 126 yards while three running backs combined for 149 yards. 

The pick: MHS 49 SHS 12.

No. 8 Sand Springs Sandites (7) vs. No. 13 Bartlesville Bruins (13)* District 2

Sand Springs (4-4, 2-2) lost their first shutout since 2011, 40-0 at Booker T. Washington (7-1, 4-0). Caden Pennington was 6-10-53-0 and Payton Scott was held to 96 yards on 20 carries. 

Bartlesville (1-6, 1-3) lost a surprisingly close 37-21 bout with Bixby (5-3, 4-0) despite giving up two interceptions and a safety. Noah Sunday was 22-45-236-2, and teams that pass that well have done fairly against Sand Springs well this season. 

The pick: CPHS 35 BHS 26.

No. 9 Choctaw Yellowjackets (9) vs. No. 10 Deer Creek Antlers (10)* District 1

Choctaw (4-4, 1-4) kept up with Lawton (6-2, 4-1) for most of the game, leading 17-14 in the third quarter before the Wolverines pulled ahead for a 41-17 win. Deer Creek (4-4, 2-3) hammered Putnam City West (1-7, 0-5) 34-7, jumping out to a 34-0 lead before letting their foes on the board. 

The pick: CHS 35 DC 28.

No. 14 Ponca City Wildcats (14) vs. Norman Tigers

Ponca City (1-7, 1-4) will play an unusual late season non-district game at 6A-I Norman (0-8) where they'll hope to snap back from a 42-14 upset in Sapulpa (1-7, 1-4). Double-threat Ponca QB Justin Andrews was 15-31-195-0 passing and 23-146 rushing.

Norman is coming off a 59-7 loss to Broken Arrow (4-4) where they were held to 100 rushing yards on 25 carries and a 3-14-25-3 passing performance. 

The pick: PoHi 24 NHS 21.

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Scott Emigh
Editor-in-Chief
Overall: 53-17 (.757)
Last Week: 6-1 (.857)
Last Year: 48-21 (.695)

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Virgil Noah
Staff Writer
Overall: 42-15* (.737)
Last Week: 6-1 (.857)
Last Year: 43-26 (.623)

*Virgil missed the first week of picks.

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

CPHS Football: Sandites suffer 40-0 shutout at No. 1 Booker T. Washington

When the No. 7 ranked Sand Springs Sandites (4-4 overall, 2-2 district) traveled to No. 1 Booker T. Washington (7-1, 4-0), they knew they were in for a tough night. Tough was an understatement as the Hornets dealt the visitors their biggest loss since 2013 and their first shutout since 2011. The Hornets took a 14-7 series lead in the 21st meeting between the two teams. 

BTW 40 CPHS 0

1Q BTW 9-0
2Q BTW 17-0
3Q BTW 7-0
4Q BTW 7-0

Passing: BTW 20-34-196-0, CPHS 6-11-53-0.
Rushing: BTW 38-254, CPHS 34-102.
Plays-Offense: BTW 72-450, CPHS 45-155.
First Downs: BTW 18, CPHS 8.
Penalties: CPHS 2-16, BTW 6-65.
Fumbles/Lost: BTW 0/0, CPHS 3/2. 

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It was a harsh night right out the gate as Dewanye Cooks Jr. returned Kaiden Cox’s opening kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown. The two point-play fell apart, but the Hornets wouldn’t be sweating that any time soon. An onside kick recovered at the 46-yard line set up Washington for an eleven-play drive capped by a 35-yard field goal from Joshua McSoud less than halfway through the first quarter.

The Sandites’ first drive was turned over on downs at their own 44, and they forced a turnover from the Hornets six plays later at their 26 thanks to a quick tackle from Miron Krotzer. They failed to convert once again, however, and kicked their first of four punts in a half that didn’t yield a single first down.

The Hornets went on to rack up a 26-0 lead thanks to a 51-yard carry from Thomas Grayson, a fourth-down eight-yard pass from Philip Wheatley to Mahcel Johnson, and a 21-yard field goal from McSoud.

After some halftime adjustments the Sandites converted on their opening possession thanks to a nine-yard pass from Caden Pennington to Garrett McCallie and a three yard run from Payton Scott. Two plays later and the Sandites fumbled the ball away at their own 43. Washington took only four plays to find the endzone on a 28-yard run from Grayson who stumbled into the endzone after breaking three tackles. 

The next Sandite drive was practically identical. Pennington hit Garrett Goins this time for 17 yards and a first down, then Scott picked up his longest run of the night on the next play for 27 yards. Two plays later Pennington fumbled the ball away at the Hornet 21. 

The teams exchanged punts and the Sandites forced a turnover on downs before working up their most successful drive of the night. Pennington and Scott took turns converting and marched as far as the Hornet 33. On a crucial fourth and three the play fell apart and Pennington was sacked for the turnover. 

The home team put together one more scoring drive, connecting on a fourteen-yard pass to Javian Hester for the final points of the game. Trailing 40-0 with six minutes to play, the Sandites sent in the backups for some valuable varsity experience. Sophomore quarterback Braden Foster took five snaps and made one pass attempt, while sophomore running back Seth Jones carried four times for fifteen yards. 

The Sandites were held to their lowest offensive output of the season with only 155 total yards. Scott carried twenty times for 96 yards, marking his first time since the season opener that he failed to break triple digits. Pennington finished the evening 6-10-53-0. He was perfect on short screen passes, but the Hornet defense was always ready with a quick tackle for little gain. On the deep ball he usually three to five yards past his receivers. 

Wheatley finished the night 20-34-196-0 with two touchdowns while Grayson led the ground game with 24 carries for 164 yards and two more touchdowns. Defensively, Hayden Cramer was public enemy number one for the Hornets. The junior Sandite racked up ten tackles against the home team and recorded one pass breakup.

The last time Sand Springs failed to put points on the board was in a 3-0 loss to Coweta in week two of what would become a 3-7 season. That was also the last year they would fail to compile a winning record, and the last time they would fail to make a playoff appearance. The Sandites have had their fair share of good teams in years past, but the last five seasons have been their longest continuous success streak in program history.

The current team has never known anything but success, and the upperclassmen have even been as far as the State Finals in 2015. Thursday's devastating loss isn't likely indicative of any change in the Sandites' success. The Hornets had already scored a pair of 63-0 shutouts in prior weeks, and the Sandites still have a two more games left to try and snap back before the playoffs. They'll only need to win one game to make the playoffs for the sixth-straight year. 

The Sandites will finish out the year with a pair of home games. Next up will be No. 13 Bartlesville (1-6, 1-3) who made a surprising effort in a 37-21 loss to No. 3 Bixby (5-3, 4-0) on Thursday. 

Sand Springs Individual Statistics

Passing: Pennington 6-10-53-0. Foster 0-1-0-0.
Receiving: McCallie 3-26. Goins 1-17. Millican 1-10. Scott 1-0.
Rushing: Scott 20-96. Jones 4-16. Nortey 1-1. Pennington 9-(-10).
Punt-Avg: Pennington 1-48. Smith 5-25.
Kick-Avg: Cox 1-58.
Kick Return: Bratcher 1-17. McCallie 2-5. Millican 1-2. 
Tackles: Cramer 10. Haley 5. Bratcher 4. Fleischman 4. Finch 3. Lyons 3. Fain 3. Krotzer 3. Denton 3. Cartwright 2. Mock 2. Smith 2. Adcock 1. Askew 1. Moyer 1. Rutledge 1. Courville 1. Wright 1. Brown 1.
Break-Ups: Cramer 1. Bratcher 1. Mackey 1. Edwards 1. 

Booker T. Washington Individual Statistics

Passing: Wheatley 20-34-196-0, 2TD.
Receiving: Hester 7-62, 1TD. McQuarters 4-29. Cooks 2-27. Potter 3-25. Johnson 2-25, 1TD. Brown 1-17. Grayson 1-11.
Rushing: Grayson 24-167, 2TD. McQuarters 4-39. Welch 6-31. Wheatley 4-20.
PAT: McSoud 4/4.
Field Goals: McSoud 2/2.
Punt Return: McQuarters 1-19.
Kick Return: Cooks 1-98, 1TD.
Fumble Recovery: Jackson 1. Brown 1. 

CPHS Football Preview: No. 1 Booker T. Washington hosts No. 7 Sand Springs

In what may prove to be their toughest match of the season, the No. 7 ranked Sand Springs Sandites (4-3 overall, 2-1 district) will travel to No. 1 Booker T. Washington (6-1, 3-0) for a Fall Break battle this Thursday. 

The Sandites are coming off a 40-34 shootout loss to No. 6 Muskogee (3-4, 2-2) that ended a four-straight win streak over lower-ranked teams. The Hornets are coming off a bye week after hammering Muskogee 42-21 for their fourth-straight win. Their only loss this season was 30-21 to Louisiana 5A No. 1 West Monroe (7-0). They scored 63 points in all three of their wins before Muskogee, including shutouts against 5A Shawnee (4-3) and No. 15 Sapulpa (0-7, 0-4).

Sand Springs and Booker T. first met in 1986. L.D. Baines's Sandites fell 42-21, but their three touchdowns was the most anyone scored against the Hornets all season. They met contiguously through 1997 and the Hornets led the series 8-4. Washington scored the lone shutout of the series in 1989, 35-0. 

The two teams have been rather back-and-forth in recent years. They met from 2006-2007 after a nine-year hiatus and the Hornets won both games. From 2008-2011 Sand Springs was 6A and Washington was 5A so they didn't play each other during that span. The Hornets moved up to the top class in 2012 and the Sandites won two-straight encounters.

From 2014 onward, the two teams have competed in the newly-created Class 6A-II. The Hornets repaid the two-straight losses with a pair of close wins, but the teams split 2015 as the Sandites won a 30-23 playoff battle to advance to the State Finals. Last year the Hornets came out on top of a close 17-12 match on the Sandites' turf, so now the Sandites will be out for payback. 

Washington is in their second year under College Football Hall of Fame member Brad Calip. Calip took the Hornets to a 6-5 season last year, falling 21-20 to Lawton, who went on to lose a close 39-31 Championship bout with Bixby. Calip has one other Head Coaching stent under his belt, taking Bishop Kelley to an 8-4 record in 5A in 2004 before moving on to assistant positions at various high schools and colleges. His all-time head coaching record is 20-10.

Sand Springs is led by Dustin Kinard in his eleventh year as the second-longest tenured coach in town history. He holds a career record of 59-57. He led the Sandites to their first winning season in over a decade in 2008 and is 26-17 since the 6A split. The Sandites are currently in their longest playoff run in school history, qualifying five-straight years with a high probability of doing so again this season. 

Washington Avg. Box Score

Points: 45
First Downs: 17
Rushing: 33-189
Passing: 12-20-210
Plays-Yards: 53-399
Penalties: 11-82

Allowed: 17
First Downs: 10
Rushing: 28-104
Passing: 13-26-131-1
Plays-Yards: 54-235
Penalties: 6-57

Sand Springs Avg. Box Score

Points: 29
First Downs: 14
Rushing: 44-270
Passing: 5-12-78-1
Plays-Yards: 56-348
Penalties: 4-30

Allowed: 25
First Downs: 16
Rushing: 36-194
Passing: 14-22-176-1
Plays-Yards: 58-370
Penalties: 7-51. 

Sand Springs vs. Booker T. Washington History

2016: Booker T. Washington 17-12 (H)
2015: Sand Springs 30-23 (Playoff Semifinals)
2015: Booker T. Washington 17-14 (A)
2014: Booker T. Washington 42-35 (H)
2013: Sand Springs 42-38 (H)
2012: Sand Springs 21-7 (A)

2007: Booker T. Washington 23-7 (H)
2006: Booker T. Washington 62-28 (A)

1997: Sand Springs 23-15
1996: Booker T. Washington 34-7
1995: Sand Springs 14-10
1994: Booker T. Washington 28-7
1993: Booker T. Washington 21-14
1992: Booker T. Washington 48-7
1991: Sand Springs 15-14
1990: Booker T. Washington 31-17
1989: Booker T. Washington 35-0
1988: Booker T. Washington 28-14
1987: Sand Springs 15-12
1986: Booker T. Washington 42-21

Week Eight 6A-II rankings and predictions; a look at this weekend's games

No. 1 Booker T. Washington Hornets (Last Week No. 1) vs. No. 7 Sand Springs Sandites (7)* District 2

The Hornets (6-1, 3-0) are coming off a bye week after a dominant 42-21 win against Muskogee (3-4, 2-2). Thomas Grayson rushed for 192 yards and four touchdowns while Philip Wheatley was 10-19-226 passing. They picked off two passes and held the Roughers to 295 yards, forcing seven punts. Still battling the refs, they ended the night with 9 penalties for 98 yards. 

Sand Springs (4-3, 2-1) saw their four-straight streak come to a close in a back-and-forth 40-34 Homecoming loss to Muskogee. The Sandites jumped out to a 13-0 lead, the Roughers scored thirty-straight, then the Sandites scored 21 more to reclaim the lead. A 96-yard kick return and field goal gave Muskogee the final points of the game and the Sandites ran out of time in the Rougher red zone. 

The Sandites forced two fumbles, recovered four, posted six tackles-for-loss, and picked off one interception. Payton Scott was 34-199 rushing with two touchdowns while Caden Pennington had his breakout night passing 9-21-151-0 with three touchdowns.

The pick: BTW 42 CPHS 24.

No. 2 Midwest City Bombers (2) vs. No. 8 Putnam City Pirates (8)* District 1

Midwest City (6-1, 4-0) remains undefeated in District 1 after a 61-25 win over Putnam City West (1-6, 0-4). The Bombers have dominated most of their foes this season, winning by an average score of 40-18. 

Putnam City (6-1, 3-1) won their second straight, doubling down on Deer Creek (3-4, 1-3) 48-24. The Pirates held only a 28-21 lead at halftime, but won the second half 20-3 behind A.J. Newsome's powerful passing abilities. The quarterback was 19-28-435-0 with six touchdowns but their run game was held to 69 yards on 25 carries. They gave up one fumble, offset by an interception. 

The pick: MWC 42 Putnam 23.

No. 3 Bixby Spartans (3) vs. No. 13 Bartlesville Bruins (13)* District 2

The three-time defending State Champions (4-3, 3-0) remained undefeated in districts with their biggest win of the season, 68-7 over Ponca City (1-6, 1-3). Tucker Pawley returned to the trenches for eight carries and 65 yards after missing three weeks with a knee injury. 

Bartlesville (1-5, 1-2) picked up their first win of the season, 9-2 against Sapulpa (0-7, 0-4). Noah Sunday was 12-23-81-0 passing while Deandre Young led the ground assault with fourteen carries for 111 yards and the lone touchdown. 

The pick: Bixby 65 Bartlesville 10.

No. 4 Lawton Wolverines (4) vs. No. 9 Choctaw Yellowjackets (9)* District 1

Lawton (5-2, 3-1) has rattled off three straight victories since their loss to Midwest City, most recently 54-28 at Enid (3-4, 1-3). They were held to a close 20-14 lead going into halftime before rapidly outpacing their hosts in the second half. Miles Davis ran 17-184 with three touchdowns.

Choctaw (4-5, 1-3) played a close game against Stillwater (6-1, 3-1), trailing only 28-24 in the fourth quarter before the Pioneers added one last touchdown for a final score of 35-24. 

The pick: Lawton 35 Choctaw 24.

No. 5 Stillwater Pioneers (5) vs. No. 11 Enid Plainsmen (11)* District 1

Stillwater (6-1, 3-1) fended off Choctaw 35-24 last week behind an ample run game. Tyler Disidore ran eleven times for 32 yards and three touchdowns while Qwontrell Walker amassed 193 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries. 

Enid (3-4, 1-3) kept up with Lawton till halftime but was ultimately swept away 54-28. Telin Phillips and Khalid Lee combined for 148 rushing yards and two touchdowns while Mason Skrimager passed 19-36-182-2 with two touchdowns.

The pick: Stillwater 38 Enid 23.

No. 6 Muskogee Roughers (6)* District 2

Muskogee (3-4, 2-2) won a key 40-34 district shootout in Sand Springs (4-3, 2-1) and shouldn't have any further obstacles in reaching the playoffs. The Roughers gave up four fumbles, an interception, and a pair of turnovers on downs and still managed to trump the Sandites. Jacob Medrano was 18-24-381-1 with all four Rougher touchdowns. They will have a week off to adjust and work out their miscues before taking on Sapulpa (0-7, 0-4). 

No. 10 Deer Creek Antlers (10) vs. No. 12 Putnam City West Patriots (12)* District 1

Deer Creek (3-4, 1-3) had a rough night last week, falling 48-24 to Putnam City (6-1, 3-1). They kept to the ground most of the night, running 44 times for 221 yards, and passed 14-27-131-1. They won the turnover battle 2-1 and gave up only 35 yards in penalties but couldn't handle the lethal Wolverine offense.

Putnam West (1-6, 0-4) took a heavy 61-25 hit against Midwest City (6-1, 4-0) for their sixth-straight loss. The won their season opener 16-15 against 5A Duncan (3-4) and nearly defeated Enid in week four before blowing a 42-point lead. 

The pick: DC 27 PCW 23.

No. 14 Ponca City Wildcats (14)* vs. No. 15 Sapulpa (15)* District 2

Ponca City (1-6, 1-3) suffered their worst loss of the season, 68-7 at Bixby (4-3, 3-0) and will hope to get back in action with winless Sapulpa (0-7, 0-4). Justin Andrews was 13-32-174-0 passing and the Wildcats were held to 39 yards on 28 carries. 

Sapulpa took on previously winless Bartlesville (1-5, 1-2) and were defeated 9-2. Their lone points came on a safety after a bad snap sent an intended punt into the Bruin end zone. 

The pick: Ponca 18 Sapulpa 13. 

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Scott Emigh
Editor-in-Chief
Overall: 47-16 (.746)
Last Week: 6-1 (.857)
Last Year: 48-21 (.695)

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Virgil Noah
Staff Writer
Overall: 37-14* (.725)
Last Week: 7-0 (1.00)
Last Year: 43-26 (.623)

*Virgil missed the first week of picks.

CPHS Football: Sandite Homecoming spoiled by No. 6 Muskogee 40-34

 Members of the Sand Springs Homecoming Court before the game. (Photo: Morgan Miller).

Members of the Sand Springs Homecoming Court before the game. (Photo: Morgan Miller).

MHS 40 CPHS 34

1Q Tied 13-13
2Q MHS 3-0
3Q MHS 14-7
4Q CPHS 14-10

Passing: MHS 18-25-381-1, CPHS 9-21-151-0.
Rushing: CPHS 50-222, MHS 28-91.
Plays-Offense: MHS 53-472, CPHS 71-373.
First Downs: CPHS 16, MHS 10.
Penalties: MHS 10-75, CPHS 1-10.
Fumbles/Lost: MHS 5/4, CPHS 1/1.

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The No. 7 ranked Charles Page High School varsity football team (4-3 overall, 2-1 district) saw their four-straight win streak come to an end as the No. 6 Muskogee Roughers (3-4, 2-2) spoiled the Sandite Homecoming 40-34 in a wild turnover-plagued shootout. 

Sand Springs started out by doing what they do best: feeding the ball to Payton Scott. The 5'5" junior running back showed off the strength and resilience that made him a wrestling State Champion, carrying 8 times for 80 yards on the opening drive and scoring from 12 yards out. A fumbled hike prevented the point-after attempt but the Sandites had drawn first blood at 6-0. 

Hyatt Cartwright forced a fumble for Hayden Cramer to recover on the first Muskogee pass of the night. Two plays later junior quarterback Caden Pennington sent a 21-yard touchdown pass to Luke Bratcher. This time Jaden Weiser got to kick the ball and give his team a 13-0 lead.

The Roughers finally showed off their potent offense as Jacob Medrano hit Diante Crutchfield for a 79 yard touchdown reception. Manuel Espinosa's point-after kick was a miss, and the Sandites held the 13-6 lead.

After a quick three-and-out the Roughers got the ball back and marched 64 yards in five plays, scoring on a 41-yard touchdown pass to Crutchfield. This time Espinosa got the job done and tied the game with 2:10 in the first.

Sand Springs fumbled the ball away on their next possession, then Braden Askew recovered another Rougher fumble shortly before the end of the first. Another three-and-out for the Sandites, another fumble for the Roughers, and yet another three-and-out for the Sandites. Sand Springs would ultimately end up with seven turnovers and would only score on three of them. 

Both teams traded turnovers on downs late in the second quarter and Muskogee finally got back on the scoreboard with a twenty-yard field goal from Espinosa for a 16-13 halftime lead.

The Roughers got the ball to start the second half and wasted no time in scoring on a 25-yard pass to D.J. Mayes. A three-and-out from Sand Springs and Muskogee scored two plays later with another Mayes reception, this time from 34 yards out. 

Down 30-13, Sand Springs kicked it in overdrive and marched 80 yards in 12 plays, scoring on a sixteen-yard pass to Daren Hawkins.

The defense came in clutch with a forced fumble from Tre Finch and a recovery by Kris Edwards. The Sandites marched all the way to the thirteen-yard line before turning the ball over on downs. Three plays later and Askew picked off a pass at the 38 and set up Garrett McCallie for a 35-yard touchdown reception. Weiser's PAT cut it to a one-score game at 30-27 with 11:07 to play.

Muskogee's next drive took them from their 20 to the Sandites' 14 before an offensive holding penalty and an incomplete pass gave them a turnover on downs at the 29-yard line. Sand Springs returned to their vaunted run game and fed Scott the ball seven times for 71 yards and a nine-yard touchdown run to reclaim the lead at 34-30.

The lead would only last 14 seconds, however. Kaiden Cox drilled the kick to the four-yard line where Crutchfield received it and took it all the way back to the house.

This time the Sandites went back to the passing game and saw three-straight incompletions turn over the ball at their own 28. The defense played well and prevented a touchdown, but they couldn't stop a 28-yard field goal from Espinosa to make it 40-34. 

With only a minute to play, the Sandites traveled 56 yards before the clock ran out. The final play was a twelve-yard screen to Scott who dragged three defenders several yards before finally being dragged down at the thirteen as time ran out. 

After starting the season 15-44-195-3 over the first three games, Pennington hadn't gotten to throw many passes over the past three weeks. When he did pass he was golden, throwing 13-16-155-0, but the Sandites mostly relied on Scott's seven yards per carry to get them through.

After Scott's impressive opening drive, the Roughers figured out how to shut down the Sandite run game and forced the inexperienced Sandites to learn on their feet. Not only are the Sandites utilizing a first-year quarterback, but an entirely first-year receiving team as well. Pennington finished the night 9-21-151-0 with three breakups and three dropped passes. By his own talents he was usually spot on and could have easily been 15 of 21. 

Scott was still the bread-and-butter of the evening, carrying 34 times for 199 yards, but most of those came in the first and fourth quarters. He was 12-25 for a two-quarter stent in the middle of the game, which is when Pennington did most of his damage.

Defensively, the Sandites were likely unprepared for the Roughers' passing game, simply due to not playing many passing teams this season. In the season opener they fell 59-21 to Pulaski Academy, who found 75% of their yards by air. In week two they fell 21-20 to Choctaw, who found 72% of their yards in the air.

Since then their past four opponents have passed about as much as the Sandites, giving them little real-life experience to prepare for Medrano's lethal skills. Every time they double or triple manned a receiver, Medrano would find a way to miraculously thread the needle. The defense smothered Muskogee on the ground, however, giving up only 91 yards in 28 plays.

Medrano finished the evening 18-24-381-1, putting him well over 2,000 yards for the season. He is also playing with an entirely first-year offensive line, and his numbers last season were even more staggering. 

The Sandites drop to third in the district with the loss, still ahead of Muskogee who has losses to No. 3 Bixby (4-3, 3-0) and No. 1 Booker T. Washington (6-1, 3-0). The Roughers will likely have an easy time next week when they host No. 15 Sapulpa (0-7, 0-4). Sand Springs will have a far tougher opponent next Thursday when they travel to the top-ranked Hornets at S.E. Williams Stadium.

The Sandites will likely need only one more win to make the playoffs and they should find it in week nine when they host No. 13 Bartlesville (1-5, 1-2). If they can manage to upset the Hornets or Spartans, they could position themselves for a home playoff game. 

Prior to the game, Olivia Silversmith was crowned Homecoming Queen and adorned with a crown and robe by Kissing Captain Payton Scott. The Sandites held their Homecoming Parade on Thursday in downtown Sand Springs. Those photos can be found here. 

Sand Springs Individual Statistics

Passing: Pennington 9-21-151-0, 3TD.
Receiving: McCallie 4-80, 1TD. Scott 2-24. Bratcher 1-21, 1TD. Hawkins 1-16, 1TD. Mock 1-10.
Rushing: Scott 34-199, 2TD. Pennington 15-23. Fleischman 1-0. 
PAT: Weiser 4/4.
Punting-Avg: Smith 5-24.
Kicking-Avg: Cox 3-49. Weiser 3-36. 
Kick Return: Denton 2-23. Bratcher 2-15. Millican 2-8.
Tackles: Cramer 13, Finch 8, Askew 6, Fleischman 5, Edwards 3, Cartwright 3, Fain 3, McCallie 3, Lyons 2, Adcock 2, Haley 1, Bratcher 1, Mock 1, Hunter 1.
Tackles For Loss: Finch 3-7, Fain 2-6, Cramer 1-2, Lyons 1-1.
Sacks: Fain 1-4.
Interceptions: Askew 1.
Break-Ups: Finch 1, Adcock 1.
Forced Fumbles: Finch 1, Cartwright 1. 
Fumble Recoveries: Edwards 2, Askew 1, Cramer 1.

Muskogee Individual Statistics

Passing: Medrano 18-24-381-1, 4TD. Cherry 0-1-0-0.
Receiving: Crutchfield 3-155, 2TD. Devin Hillmon 4-105. Mayes 4-74, 2TD. Cherry 7-47.
Rushing: Beasley 13-63. Kristian Hillmon 3-13. Crutchfield 1-9. Medrano 5-3. Cherry 5-2. Mayes 1-1. 
PAT: Espinosa 3/4.
Field Goals: Espinosa 2/2.
Kicking-Avg: Espinosa 7-48.
Kick Return: Crutchfield 1-96, 1TD. Mayes 2-29. 

CPHS Football Preview: No. 6 Muskogee hopes to sabotage No. 7 Sandites' Homecoming

 Former Sandite quarterback Hunter Greathouse hands the ball off to Payton Scott in last year's 26-25 victory over No. 1 Muskogee. Scott carried 25 times for 116 yards and a touchdown in that game. (Photo: Scott Emigh).

Former Sandite quarterback Hunter Greathouse hands the ball off to Payton Scott in last year's 26-25 victory over No. 1 Muskogee. Scott carried 25 times for 116 yards and a touchdown in that game. (Photo: Scott Emigh).

The No. 7 ranked Charles Page High School varsity football team (4-2 overall, 2-0 district) will host No. 6 Muskogee (2-4, 1-2) for Homecoming Friday night at Memorial Stadium as they look to secure their fifth-straight victory and first home-victory of the season.

The Sandites dropped their season opener unsurprisingly, 59-21 to nationally ranked No. 21 Pulaski Academy (6-0), then gave up a come-from behind 21-20 loss to No. 9 Choctaw (4-3, 1-3). Since then they've rattled off wins of 28-14 at No. 12 Putnam City West (1-5), 31-16 at No. 15 Sapulpa (0-6, 0-3), 26-21 at 6A-I No. 9 Yukon (3-3) and 41-7 at No. 14 Ponca City (1-5, 1-2).

Muskogee (2-4, 1-2) lost a close 26-20 battle to No. 2 Midwest City (5-1) in the season opener, then scored a 54-0 shutout over 5A McAlester (1-5). They fell 43-35 to Arkansas 7A No. 5 Bentonville West (6-0), but rebounded with a 71-6 drubbing of No. 13 Bartlesville (0-5, 0-2). They lost their last two bouts 38-23 to No. 3 Bixby (3-3, 2-0) and 42-21 to No. 1 Booker T. Washington (6-1, 3-0). 

Historically Muskogee leads the series 20-6, but all six of the Sandites' wins have been in an ongoing streak dating back to 2011. Their most recent win involved a radical two-point conversion that earned them the No. 1 ranking and the ESPN No. 1 Play of the Night. Hunter Greathouse's pass was batted back at him and he tried to take it to the house himself. He pitched a lateral to Josh Taber while being tackled, and Taber broke several tackles to score the winning points with under a minute remaining to upend the undefeated Roughers. 

Dustin Kinard is the only Sand Springs coach to ever win against Muskogee, and has a career record of 59-56 in his eleven years heading the program. He gave the Sandites their first winning season and first playoff appearance in over a decade in 2008, and the Sandites have had winning records and playoff appearances for the past five years, with a 6A-II State Finals appearance in 2015. 

Rafe Watkins is 17-20 in his fourth season at Muskogee, and last year took them to a 9-2 record after three-straight 3-7 seasons. He previously spent thirteen years in Guthrie where he led the Bluejays to four 5A State Championships. His career record stands at 150-44.

Both teams have taken heavy losses since last year. Muskogee graduated their entire O-line, while the Sandites lost their quarterback and entire receiving squad. 

This year's game will kick off at 7:00 p.m. and will be preceded by a tailgate party with the Church That Matters Holy Smokers. The church will be selling hot dogs, burgers, drinks, and other foods prior to the game as a fundraiser for the defending State Champion Sandite Wrestling team. 

Muskogee Avg. Box Score

Points: 37
Rushing: 30-119
Passing: 21-35-332-1
Plays-Yards: 51-451
Penalties 9-84

Allowed: 26
Rushing: 39-159
Passing: 11-22-202-1
Plays-Yards: 61-361
Penalties: 9-66

Sand Springs Avg. Box Score

Points: 28
Rushing: 43-278
Passing: 5-10-66-1
Plays-Yards: 53-344
Penalties: 4-33

Allowed: 23
Rushing: 38-211
Passing: 13-21-142-1
Plays-Yards: 59-353
Penalties: 6-47

Sand Springs vs. Muskogee History

2016: Sand Springs 26-25 (A)
2015: Sand Springs 34-10 (H)
2014: Sand Springs 13-0 (A)
2013: Sand Springs 39-14 (H)
2012: Sand Springs 40-28 (A)
2011: Sand Springs 7-3 (H)
2010: Muskogee 44-14 (A)
2009: Muskogee 37-29 (A)
2008: Muskogee 39-37 (H)
2007: Muskogee 49-21 (A)
2006: Muskogee 57-21 (H)
2005: Muskogee 47-25 (A)
2004: Muskogee 27-6 (H)
2003: Muskogee 37-14 (H)
2002: Muskogee 38-12 (A)

1995: Muskogee 28-6
1994: Muskogee 20-14 (OT)

1961: Muskogee 38-6
1960: Muskogee 14-5
1959: Muskogee 40-14
1958: Muskogee 12-0
1957: Muskogee 34-6
1956: Muskogee 7-0
1955: Muskogee 24-6
1954: Muskogee 40-12
1953: Muskogee 20-0

Week Seven 6A-II rankings and predictions; a look at this weekend's games

No. 1 Booker T. Washington Hornets (Last week No. 1)* District 2

The Hornets (6-1, 3-0) got a big obstacle out of the way in Muskogee (2-4, 1-2) and will have a bye week to recover before taking on Sand Springs in Week Eight. 

On Friday they handily doubled down on the Roughers 42-21. Thomas Grayson rushed for 192 yards and four touchdowns while Philip Wheatley was 10-19-226 passing. They picked off two passes and held the Roughers to 295 yards, forcing seven punts. Still battling the refs, they ended the night with 9 penalties for 98 yards. 

No. 2 Midwest City Bombers (2) vs. No. 12 Putnam City West Patriots (12)* District 1

Midwest City (5-1, 3-0) continued to show off their defensive might with a 27-3 beatdown of Choctaw (4-2, 1-2). Oklahoma-commit Jalen Redmond had four tackles-for-loss as the Bombers held Choctaw to 171 offensive yards. 

Putnam West (1-4, 0-2) suffered a blowout against undefeated Stillwater (5-0, 2-0) falling 49-7. The Patriots attempted only three passes and didn't complete any. They were 44-246 on the ground, but gave up three fumbles and 159 yards in penalties. 

The pick: MWC 49 PCW 7.

No. 3 Bixby Spartans (3) vs. No. 14 Ponca City Wildcats (14)* District 2

The three-time defending State Champions (3-3, 2-0) notched another district win 48-10 in Sapulpa (0-6, 0-3). Staton King passed 11-17-198-0 while Braden Roller and Vic Griffin combined for 198 yards on the ground. Defensively they held the Chieftains to 30-22 rushing yards and only eight first downs. They were up 48-0 to start the fourth quarter before sending in the backups. 

Ponca City (1-5, 1-2) had their homecoming sabotaged 42-7 by Sand Springs (4-2, 2-0). Double-threat sophomore quarterback Justin Andrews was 12-25-102-1 passing and 24-83 rushing to account for 65% of the Wildcat offense. He scored the lone touchdown for his team with three minutes remaining against the Sand Springs reserves. 

The pick: Bixby 55 Ponca 9.

No. 4 Lawton Wolverines (5) vs. No. 11 Enid Plainsmen (10)* District 1

Lawton (4-2, 2-1) is out to prove themselves after falling to Midwest City three weeks ago, knocking undefeated team in back-to-back weeks. After topping Putnam City (5-1, 2-1) 27-21 two weeks ago, they handled the Stillwater Pioneers (5-1, 2-1) 43-29. The Wolverines led 28-3 early in the third quarter before allowing the Pioneers to battle back.

Enid (3-3, 1-2) averaged 45 points per game over the first four weeks before being shut out 37-0 by Choctaw (4-1, 1-2). They fared better last week against Deer Creek (3-3, 1-2) but still fell 38-24 and will need a few upsets to have a shot at the playoffs.

The pick: Lawton 42 Enid 18.

No. 5 Stillwater (6)* vs. No. 9 Choctaw Yellowjackets (9)* District 1

The Pioneers (5-1, 2-1) saw their undefeated season come to an end in a 43-29 drubbing at Lawton (4-2, 2-1). The Pioneers were down 28-3 in the third quarter before staging a comeback attempt. Turnovers plagued the visitors, however, and Gunnar Gundy was 15-31-235 with three interceptions. 

Choctaw (4-4, 1-2) had their worst offensive output of the season. After steamrolling Enid 37-0 the week before, karma repaid them and they fell 27-3 to Midwest City (5-1, 3-0). The Yellowjackets struck first with a field goal but Midwest City scored two touchdowns by air, one by run, and one on an interception return. Choctaw gave up two interceptions and one fumble while failing to secure any turnovers of their own. They were 8-12-69-2 passing and 53-102 rushing.

The pick: Stillwater 42 Choctaw 28.

No. 6 Muskogee Roughers (4) vs. No. 7 Sand Springs Sandites (8)* District 2

Muskogee (2-4, 1-2) is coming off back-to-back losses and will be out for blood when they visit Sand Springs (4-2, 2-0) for the Sandite Homecoming. Jacob Medrano was 18-35-208-2 in a 42-21 loss to Booker T. Friday and the Roughers were held to only 87 rushing yards on 32 carries. The Roughers gave up 80 yards in penalties.

Sand Springs is coming off their biggest win of the season, 42-7 at Ponca City (1-5, 1-1). The Sandites were up 35-0 to start the fourth when they sent in the JV. Braden Foster hit Daren Hawkins for a 45-yard touchdown on his first varsity pass and the coaches cleared the press box and called it a night with eight minutes to go. 

Caden Pennington was 3-3-53-0 passing and 6-46 rushing, while Payton Scott was 25-284 with five touchdowns. Jaden Weiser was six-for-six on extra points, Tre Finch accumulated four tackles-for-loss including two sacks, and Braden Askew had a 20-yard interception return.

Virgil says: Muskogee 31 CPHS 21.
Scott says: CPHS 35 Muskogee 21.

No. 8 Putnam City Pirates (7) vs. No. 10 Deer Creek Antlers (11)* District 1

Putnam City (5-1, 2-1) got back in the win column with a lackluster 21-11 performance against Putnam West (1-5, 0-3). West led by as much as 9-0 before the Pirates got on the board. The favorites trailed 11-7 at halftime before winning the second half 14-0. Deer Creek (3-3, 1-2) notched their first district victory 38-24 against Enid (3-3, 1-2). 

The pick: Putnam 24 DC 16.

No. 13 Bartlesville Bruins (13) vs. No. 15 Sapulpa (15)* District 2

It's a battle of defeateds as both Sapulpa (0-6, 0-3) and Bartlesville (0-5, 0-2) are looking for their first wins of the year. At least one of these teams will avoid an 0-10 season. The other will have a far tougher time getting in the win column in the coming weeks.

Bartlesville is coming off a bye week following a 14-10 upset by Ponca City (1-5, 1-2), who will be the Chieftain's best hope for a win if they don't pull it off against the Bruins. The Bruins won their season opener 30-25 against McAlester (1-5) on the field, but later forfeited due to an ineligible player. Sapulpa put up a decent fourth quarter effort against Bixby (3-3, 2-0) finishing with 10 unanswereds to avoid the 48-0 shutout. 

The pick: Bartlesville 26 Sapulpa 17.

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Scott Emigh
Editor-in-Chief
Overall: 41-15 (.732)
Last Week: 6-1 (.857)
Last Year: 48-21 (.695)

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Virgil Noah
Staff Writer
Overall: 30-14* (.681)
Last Week: 6-1 (.857)
Last Year: 43-26 (.623)

*Virgil missed the first week of picks.

CPHS Football dominates Ponca City 42-7, Payton Scott scores 5 touchdowns

 Braden Foster (pictured here in a scrimmage against Claremore) threw a touchdown on his first varsity pass attempt Friday night in Ponca City. 

Braden Foster (pictured here in a scrimmage against Claremore) threw a touchdown on his first varsity pass attempt Friday night in Ponca City. 

The No. 8 ranked Charles Page High School football team (4-2 overall, 2-0 district) won its fourth-straight game of the season 42-7 against No. 14 Ponca City (1-5, 1-1) Friday night at Sullins Stadium. The Sandites put themselves one step closer to the post-season by winning their sixth-straight meeting with the Wildcats.

CPHS 42 Ponca 7
1Q CPHS 14-0
2Q CPHS 7-0
3Q CPHS 14-0
4Q All 7-7

Passing: CPHS 4-4-98-0, Ponca 12-25-102-1.
Rushing: CPHS 46-376, Ponca 41-183.
Plays-Offense: CPHS 50-474, Ponca 66-285.
First Downs: Ponca 18, CPHS 16.
Penalties: Ponca 6-46, CPHS 4-35.
Fumbles/Lost: CPHS 1/1, Ponca 1/0.

The Sandites were nearly flawless in the opening minutes. Defensively they gave up 27 yards before Braden Askew picked off the second pass of the night and returned it 20 yards to the Sandite 45. From there Payton Scott marched the whole distance in only six carries and scored from three yards out. Jaden Weiser kicked the extra point and the Sandites were up 7-0 right out the gate.

Ponca’s next drive amounted to nine yards and a punt, and the Sandites easily replicated their prior success. Just like last time, it was Scott with the three-yard touchdown run, but this time he had help. Caden Pennington connected with Garrett McCallie from 33 yards out to set up the scoring play.

The home team made it 25 yards to midfield before punting at the beginning of the second quarter. The Sandites saw their first unsuccessful drive end in a fumble at the Ponca 30, recovered by Lane Bristow, but the Wildcats were once again unable to capitalize.

The home team marched as far as the Sandite 29 before Mason Shipman broke up an endzone pass attempt for a turnover on downs. Payton Scott needed just a single snap to take the ball 71 yards to the house. Weiser’s PAT made it 21-0 where it remained till halftime.

Sand Springs picked up right where they left off, marching 65 yards in five plays with a 34-yard touchdown run from Scott on the opening drive of the third quarter.

One of Ponca’s most promising drives fell short as Bryson Denton ended their 58 yard march with an endzone breakup. The offense went right back to work with an 82 yard drive and one-yard Scott touchdown to tie his career-best five scores in a single game.

The fourth quarter was a different game as the Wildcat first team took on the Sandite backups. The Sandites punted on their first possession, but on their next drive sophomore backup quarterback Braden Foster connected with Daren Hawkins for a 45-yard touchdown on the first pass attempt of his varsity career. Weiser finished a perfect six-for-six for a 42-0 lead.

The Wildcats finally averted the shutout with 3:17 left to play, marching 80 yards and scoring on an eight-yard keeper from Justin Andrews. Josh Fairbanks kicked the final point of the game and sophomore running back Seth Jones finished out the night with a series of handoffs.

The Sandites will return to action next Friday for Homecoming after a four-week stretch on the road. They will host the talented No. 4 Muskogee Roughers (2-4, 1-2) who most recently fell 42-21 to No. 1 Booker T. Washington(6-1, 3-0). 


Sand Springs Individual Statistics

Passing: Pennington 3-3-53-0, Foster 1-1-45-0, 1TD. 
Receiving: Hawkins 1-45, 1TD, Scott 1-13, McCallie 1-11, Goins 1-7.
Rushing: Scott 25-284, 5TD, Pennington 6-46, Jones 7-15, McCallie 1-12, Edwards 1-11, Nortey 1-10, Fleischman 1-(-2).
PAT: Weiser 6/6.
Punting: Smith 2-30AVG.
Kicking: Cox 7-331AVG.
Tackles: Fain 7, Cramer 7, Finch 6, Fleischman 5, Bratcher 4, Lyons 3, Edwards 3, Askew 2, Cartwright 2, Mock 2, Hunter 2, Evans 2, Jordan 1, Shipman 1, Wright 1, Smith 1, Jones 1, Denton 1, Moyer 1, McCallie 1.
Tackles For Loss: Finch 4-13, Cramer 1-12, Evans 1-10.
Sacks: Finch 2-5, Cramer 1-12, Evans 1-10.
Interceptions: Askew 1-20.
Breakups: Denton 2, Shipman 1.

Ponca City Individual Statistics

Passing: Andrews 12-25-102-1.
Receiving: Tipton 4-27, Fahs 2-26, Vogele 2-25, Tapp 1-14, Defoor 3-10.
Rushing: Andrews 24-83, 1TD, Defoor 15-75, Fahs 3-25.
PAT: Fairbanks 1/1.
Punting: Fairbanks 5-38AVG.
Kicking: Fairbanks 2-38AVG.
Kick Return: Vogele 2-19.
Fumble Recovery: Bristow 1.