The Class 6A-II No. 8 ranked Charles Page High School football team took a 12-6 halftime lead into the locker room Friday night in Shawnee, despite doubling the No. 15 ranked Wolves (0-3) in offensive yardage.
Joel Mackey made a statement with an eighty-yard touchdown run on the first play of the game, but Jaden Weiser’s point-after kick was low.
The Sandites forced a punt on Shawnee’s opening drive, but fumbled the ball away to Elijah Powis at their own 26. Four plays later and Tre’Juan Shaw punched it in from twenty yards out. Their PAT sailed wide and the teams were tied up at 6-6.
Senior quarterback Caden Pennington picked up sixteen yards for a first down on the first play of their next drive. Mackey carried the ball to the eighteen, Pennington snagged seven more, but an incomplete fourth-down pass turned the ball over.
Sand Springs got a big break on the second play of the second quarter when freshman standout Kaden Glass recovered a fumbled lateral and set up a four-play 56-yard drive capped by a sixteen-yard scoring run from Pennington. Once again the point-after failed, but the Sandites were back out front at 12-6.
Three punts later and the Sandites put together another solid drive, parking at the Shawnee nine-yard line. The clock was their enemy, however, and Demetress Beavers broke up a third-down endzone pass as time expired.
Sand Springs attempted only five passes in the first half, while Shawnee attempted zero due to the rainy conditions. Mackey ended up with fifteen carries for 165 yards, including 134 in the first quarter. Pennington had an even fifty yards on two passes, including a fourteen-yard shovel pass to Jacob Snodgrass, and a impressive 36-yard deep ball to Colton Roberts.