The Class 6A No. 11 ranked Charles Page High School football team (3-6, 2-4) pulled off a huge 48-34 upset of No. 7 Sapulpa (6-3, 3-3) Friday at Memorial Stadium. The game doubled as the Sandites’ biggest rivalry, and their Senior Night. It was the fifth-straight victory for Sand Springs in the Highway 97 Rivalry.
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The Sandites jumped out to a 20-0 lead with a 13-0 first quarter shutout before letting the Chieftains back into the game. The bitter foes exchanged punches back-and-forth throughout the game, and the first-quarter was the difference maker in the fourteen-point win.
Senior quarterback Caden Pennington and the stellar Sandite O-Line were the stars of the show as Pennington carried 28 times for 212 yards and six rushing touchdowns. Six rushing touchdowns is the second-most ever scored in a single game by a Sandite, behind only Payton Scott’s seven-score performance in 2017. His 212 yards were a career-best and the second-best performance of the season for any Sandite. He also had a solid 8-9-123-0 passing performance for seven total touchdowns and 335 total yards.
Pennington scored on runs of one yard, three yards, and two yards for the 20-0 lead before Sapulpa got on the board. Jaden Weiser made two point-after kicks but a two-point play failed to convert after a bad hike. Pennington notched a career-best 61-yard run on the third scoring drive.
Cameron Smith recovered a fumbled kick after the second drive, but the Chieftains made their first defensive stop with a pass break-up at the end zone and forced a punt.
Sapulpa’s Marcus Esparza scored on an eighteen-yard run with a kick from Kaivon Mortazavii. The Sandites retaliated with a five-play 72-yard drive, featuring a spectacular 53-yard pass to Daren Hawkins, and three-yard touchdown run from Pennington. Chieftain quarterback Elijah Williams was next in the endzone on a 26-yard run for the final points of the half.
The Sandites kicked off the second half with a twelve-play 71-yard scoring drive and six yard touchdown pass from Pennington to Roberts. Esparza made a seventeen-yard scoring run just four plays later, but Mortazavi missed the extra point to make it 34-20.
The two treams traded three-and-outs, then Pennington scored on a 33-yard run at the start of the fourth quarter. Esparza scored from seven yards out, Pennington scored from one-yard, then Esparza scored again with fourteen seconds to play.
Roberts and Garrett McCallie successfully fielded onside kick attempts on the Chieftains’ last two drives to prevent any comeback attempt.
Daren Hawkins recorded five receptions on the night for 77 yards, Joel Mackey carried fourteen times for 75 yards and Trey Wilkerson had sixteen carries for 67 yards. Aaron King, Jacob Snodgrass, and Justin Roe averaged seventeen-yards per kick return, Cameron Smith averaged 28 yards per punt, and Hayden Cramer led the defense in tackles.
Sand Springs scored seven touchdowns on nine drives with two punts, averaging eight plays and 51 yards per possession. Sapulpa punted three times and gave up one turnover on downs, averaging 38 yards on six plays per possession.
The Sandites will return to action in their season finale Friday at No. 3 Booker T. Washington (6-3, 5-1). Sapulpa will host No. 15 Ponca City (0-9, 0-6). The Hornets defeated the Wildcats 27-7 in Week Nine.
Week 9 6A-II Results
Muskogee 39-22 Bartlesville
Midwest City 41-21 Choctaw
Deer Creek 38-14 Putnam West
Booker T. Washington 27-7 Ponca City
Bixby 41-7 Shawnee
Del City 55-28 Lawton
Stillwater 56-0 Putnam City
OSSAA 6A-II District II Standings
6-0 Bixby (89 District Points)
5-1 Booker T. Washington (61)
4-2 Muskogee (32)
3-3 Sapulpa (-23)
2-4 Bartlesville (-34)
2-4 Shawnee (-48)
2-4 Sand Springs (-4)
0-6 Ponca City (-73)