The Class 6A-II No. 11 ranked Charles Page High School football team (1-5, 0-3) is off to a hot start against No. 15 Ponca City (0-6, 0-3) with a 21-7 halftime lead.
The Wildcats didn’t score their first touchdown till there was only twenty seconds left in the half, set up by a Caden Pennington interception.
Sand Springs gave up only four yards on the home team’s opening drive and marched their corresponding possession to the Wildcat 31-yard line before giving up a turnover on downs. Ponca once again recorded only four yards on their second possession, and this time the Sandites hit pay dirt on their next drive.
Pennington and Trey Wilkerson put together a seven-play 76-yard drive and scored on a twenty-yard keeper with 2:21 in the first quarter. Jaden Weiser kicked the point-after for a 7-0 lead.
The Wildcats put together their first semi-successful drive spanning the first two quarters, marching 49 yards in twelve plays to the Sandite red zone before an unsportsmanlike penalty pushed them back to fourth and fifteen at the 27. A fumbled handoff resulted in a turnover on downs at the 30.
Sand Springs made another triumphant trip to the end zone, traveling seventy yards in ten plays, capped by a 23-yard touchdown pass from Pennington to Jacob Snodgrass. Weiser’s kick made it 14-0 with 6:02 to play.
The Wildcats made the mistake of going for a fourth-and-one from their own 46, and Jerret Haley bagged the quarterback for a turnover at the Ponca 40-yard line. Pennington made a forty-yard pass to Justin Roe on the first play and Weiser put the visitors up 21-0 with 4:36 in the half.
Sand Springs’s stellar defense gave up only three yards before forcing another punt, and the Sandites marched 35 yards before Pennington threw an interception to Justin Andrews.
Ponca City averted the first-half shutout with a six-play 53-yard march and scored on a thirteen-yard keeper. Spencer Ball kicked the PAT for the final points of the half.
Snodgrass made an incredible 42-yard kick return on the next play, but the Sandites were pushed back to their own 33 on a holding call and ended the half without a snap.
Pennington was 8-15-114-1 in the first half and led the ground game with four carries for 47 yards.
The Sandites are riding a six-year win streak against Ponca City and hold a 25-18-1 series record. In the last six meetings they’ve won by an average score of 46-16, including a 42-7 drubbing last year.
Skordle Halftime Scores from across 6A-2.
Muskogee 14-0 Shawnee
Midwest City 28-6 Deer Creek
Lawton 7-6 Stillwater
Del City 34-0 Putnam City
Bixby 30-0 Bartlesville
Booker T. Washington 7-3 Sapulpa