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Sand Springs senior quarterback Caden Pennington, right, threw two touchdowns and ran for one in a 48-21 loss to No. 3 BTW Friday, Nov. 2 at S.E. Williams Stadium. 

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The Sand Springs varsity football team will have an 11-week football season but only 10-regular season game, like normal.

The Sandites have scheduled a bye in week 2, giving them a chance to rest after playing a decent Texas team in week 1.

After a bye week, Sand Springs will face Putnam City in week 3 at home to start a three-week homestand. Putnam City, Greenwood, Arkansas, and Shawnee will all come to Memorial Stadium, and Shawnee will be homecoming in week 5.

Muskogee and Bartlesville will host Sand Springs on Oct. 4 and Oct. 11, respectively, and the Sandites will travel to Ponca City on Oct. 17.

They will travel to Bixby and Sapulpa the next two week and finish out the regular season at home with Booker T. Washington for senior night.

2018 Season

Mansfield Summit, Texas

Last season, the Mansfield Sumit Jaguars finished the season 5-5 and beat Sand Springs in week 1, 41-28.

Mansfield Summit 41, Sand Springs 28: Sand Springs got hot late in the game, but they just ran out of time.

The Sandites scored the final two touchdowns in a 41-28 season-opening loss to Mansfield Summit, Texas in the Border Brawl Friday, Aug. 31, 2018 at Memorial Stadium.

Trailing 41-14 with about nine minutes to play, Sandite senior quarterback Caden Pennington threw a 24-yard pass to Jacob Snodgrass, and after a Jaguar fumble, the two hooked up again for an eight-yard score, cutting the Jaguar lead to only 13 points, 41-28.

Putnam City

Sand Springs 45, Putnam City 24: Sand Springs scored the first 17 points of the game in a non-district win over Putnam City on a rare Thursday game.

The Class 6AII No. 8 Sand Springs Sandite football team beat No. 10 Putnam City, 45-24, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018 at Putnam City Stadium, and three different Sandites scored multiple touchdowns.

“We had a good start we just need to finish, but overall I’m pleased,” said head coach Dustin Kinard.

Senior quarterback Caden Pennington threw for over 160 yards, most of it in the first half, and ended with three passing touchdowns. Sophomore receiver Daren Hawkins caught three passes and two were for touchdowns, and Trey Wilkerson scored two rushing touchdowns.

Greenwood, Arkansas

Greenwood 49, Sand Springs 13: Sand Springs lost to Greenwood, 49-13, in a non-district game Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 at Smith Robinson Stadium.

The Bulldogs scored seven touchdowns, five in the first half, and they were up, 42-0, before the Sandites could put points on the board. The Sandites (1-2) started the game in the hole after fumbling away the opening kickoff on the 13-yard line. Holt then scored on the first play, running 13 yards with only 14 seconds off the clock. On their next series punt returner, Luke Leonard, took a punt to the house, running 63 yards for the 14-0 lead only two minutes later.

Shawnee

Shawnee 23, Sand Springs 20: Shawnee kicker Kossi Kodoe hit the bar on his first point after attempt, failing to give his team the lead early in the game, but he redeemed himself, hitting the game-winning field goal in overtime.

The Sand Springs Sandites fell to the Shawnee Wolves, 23-20, in overtime Friday, Sept. 21 at Shawnee High School during a torrential rainstorm.

Muskogee

Muskogee 45, Sand Springs 27: In a game that went back and forth, Muskogee pulled away late, taking away a much-needed district game from the Sandites.

Sand Springs lost to the Muskogee Roughers, 45-27, thanks to 21 unanswered points in the fourth quarter Friday, Sept. 28, at Memorial Stadium.

Muskogee trailed three times in the game but found its rhythm in the second half, outscoring Sand Springs, 28-6.

Sandite quarterback Caden Pennington threw two passes in the first half and one was a 60-yard touchdown to Daren Hawkins. First, Pennington started the game scoring with a 29-yard run for the 7-0 Sandite lead. Muskogee running back Jimmie Coleman tied the game, 7-7, on a short run at the 5:52 mark of the first quarter.

Bartlesville

Bartlesville 29, Sand Springs 27: Sand Springs had a chance to win on homecoming, but Bartlesville scored late, ruining the Sandites’ special night.

With a 27-23 lead late in the game, Sand Springs needed to hold off the Bruins with just over three minutes to play, but a 1-yard run from junior running back Luken Clowdus gave Bartlesville a 29-27 win Friday, Oct. 5 at Memorial Stadium.

After Sydney Palmer was crowned the 2018 Fall Homecoming Queen, Sand Springs jumped out to a 13-0 lead in the first quarter after a Joel Mackey rushing score and a touchdown pass from Caden Pennington to Daren Hawkins.

Ponca City

Sand Springs 35, Ponca City 14: Sand Springs broke a four-game losing streak just in time to play the top three teams in Dist. 6AII-2 to close out the regular season.

Sand Springs beat Ponca City, 35-14, with a balanced attack that consisted of three rushing and two passing touchdowns Friday, Oct. 12, 2018 at Sullins Stadium.

Senior quarterback Caden Pennington threw for two scores and ran in one, accounting for four of the Sandites’ five touchdowns.

Bixby

Bixby 35, Sand Springs 0: The Bixby offense gets a lot of credit, but the Spartan defense shined in a win over Sand Springs.

The Class 6AII No. 1 Bixby Spartans beat Sand Springs, 35-0, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018 at Memorial Stadium to start fall break.

The Spartan defense shut out Sand Springs, picked off quarterback Caden Pennington three times, and they were in the Sandite backfield all night long. Cade Cavendar and Clayton Barbour had interceptions for Bixby in the first half, and Brennan Presley added another to start the second half. Barrett Daniel and Ryan Kerr also recovered Sandite fumbles in the second half, totaling five turnovers in the game.

Sapulpa

Sand Springs 48 Sapulpa 34: Caden Pennington played the game of his life.

The senior quarterback rushed for six touchdowns and threw another in a 48-34 Sand Springs win Friday, Oct. 26, 2018 at Memorial Stadium in the 92nd edition of the Highway 97 Rivalry, and it was senior night. Pennington now has 12 rushing touchdowns and 12 passing on the season, and last year, he had six total.

Sand Springs won its fifth-straight in the series that is now 45-42-5 in Sapulpa’s favor.

Booker T. Washington

BTW 48, Sand Springs 21: The Sandites ended the season with the No. 3 team in the state and they held in as long as they could.

The Class 6AII No. 3 Booker T. Washington Hornets scored from on the ground and in the air in a 48-21 win over Sand Springs Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 at S.E. Williams Stadium.

The Hornets jumped out to a 20-0 lead before Sand Springs could put points on the board in the second quarter.

BTW led, 27-7, at halftime, and freshman quarterback Gentry Williams had two rushing scores and two passing on the night. Daxton Hill and Gentry Dalton both caught TD passes from Williams, and Williams ran two in from nine and 17 yards.