Sept. 5 – vs. Tulsa Hale
Sept. 12 – vs. Enid
Sept. 19 – at Guthrie
Sept. 26 – vs. Bartlesville
Oct. 3 – at Claremore
Oct. 10 – vs. Sapulpa
Oct. 16 – at Ponca City
Oct. 24 – at Muskogee
Oct. 30 – vs. Booker T. Washington
Nov. 7 – at Bixby
The Sandites have made the playoffs in back to back seasons. Prior to 2012, Sand Springs had qualified for the post season just once in 14 seasons.
Sand Springs and Muskogee meet for the 13th consecutive season in week eight. The Sandites have won the last three games between the schools but Muskogee won all the other contests the past 12 years.
Stillwater drops off the Sand Springs schedule for the first time since 2007.
Last 5 Years:
2013 – 6-4
2012 – 8-3
2011 – 3-7
2010 – 1-9
2009 – 5-5
The confidence level is high in Sand Springs for several reasons. With the new 6A split the Sandites feel the playoffs are a must and a run at a state title is possible. Senior quarterback Connor Sitton (5-10, 175) will lead a talented group on offense. Sitton will have a solid offensive line in front of him and their play could be the key for the Sandites. Center Dakota Skaggs (6-1, 250, Sr.) is the foundation of the offensive line. Playing next to Skaggs is Matt Mattison; a 6-foot, 250-pound lineman that has the versatility to play guard or tackle if needed. Mattison and Skaggs are a tough combo, but when you add left tackle Kyler Childers (6-0, 230, Sr.) you give the Sandite line the missing piece of the puzzle. Childers will solidify the offensive line by opening holes in the running game and protecting the backside of Sitton in the passing game. “We will have to wear down our opponents for four quarters,” Kinard said. The offensive line is the key to wearing down opposing defenses. One player looking to benefit from this salty offensive line is running back Davey Thayer (5-11, 190, Sr.). Thayer brings more than just a running game to the field. He can line up as a wide out or in the slot giving Sitton another option in the passing game. The Sandites will base their offense out of an empty set, using Thayer in multiple positions. “We will base our offense out of an empty set, but we will run multiple formations and have a good mix of run and pass,” said Kinard.
The offense returns six starters from last year with a lot of experience at key positions.
The defense will have some fresh faces starting on a unit that only returns three starters from last year’s team. But regardless of the new and often younger players stepping into starting roles, the Sandites do have players that are proven and hungry to get the season started. Sophomore Delvin Jordan (6-1, 215) is turning heads in practice. This young defensive end has exactly what you want from a pursuing defensive end. His speed and quickness off the edge should free up other players to make plays. One of those players is linebacker Jacob Taber (6-0, 210, Jr.). Taber is one of four linebackers the Sandites will field in the 3-4 scheme. “We want to be the most physical, in your face team Sand Springs has had,” said Kinard. The aggressive, in your face, physical style of play carries over into the secondary. Safety Nick Simmons (5-11, 170, Sr.) brings leadership and that physical style of play coach Kinard is looking for from his defense. In this pass-happy Class 6A every team must have a shut down corner and the Sandites believe they have that in junior Jason Cooper (6-1, 180). Cooper has excellent size for a corner with speed to match the best receivers in the district. If Cooper and Simmons can lock up the secondary opponents will have a difficult job moving the ball. Look for new faces to make an impact as the team works to strengthen the linebacker corps and the interior of the defensive line.
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