For the second straight week, the Bixby Spartans survive a tight game. This time, pulling away late, they defeat the eighth-ranked Sand Springs Sandites 35-21.
Scoring opened with some trickery by the Sandites who scored quickly off a lateral to the wide receiver who then found another Sand Springs receiver wide open downfield for a 60 yard touchdown.
Also for the second straight week, Bixby benefited from an extra point conversion advantage. Tonight that advantage came in the form of a blocked extra point by Kyle Rhine, leaving the Sandites up 6-0.
Bixby provided a quick answer of their own with an opening drive touchdown on a 25 yard touchdown pass from Bixby quarterback, Marshall Ray – who connected with Spartan receiver, Kyle Rhine. Bixby took the lead at 7-6.
Sand Springs quickly countered with a screen pass to speedy tailback Myron Patrick who took the play 70 yards setting up a tying Sandite Touchdown as a fumble by the Sandite quarterback was recovered in the endzone.
Now up 13-7, Sand Springs held the lead nearly to the end of the first half. But with less than a minute to play in the half, Ray found running back Zac Reynolds down field for a 60 yard touchdown, putting Bixby on top for the first time in the game, 14-13.
The Spartans then gave up a big return to their own 30 yard line. Set back by a sideline warning penalty, the Sandites were backed up to the 45, before Myron Patrick struck again with another screen pass which he took to the Bixby 20.
As the 2 nd half came to an end, Bixby faced a critical 3 rd and goal. Time ran out after the play as linebacker Casey Said upended the Sandite quarterback at the 5 yardline.
Bixby took their slim lead into the half but never trailed again. Opening the second half, Ray found Kyle Rhine for 52 yards and put the Spartans up 21-13. Sand Springs quickly came back and found Myron Patrick again for a 45 yard touchdown – again on a screen pass. This time, Sand Springs went for two and converted. 21-21.
A long pass to Isaiah Harbin set up another Bixby score – this time Marshall Ray found receiver Kyle Mulkey putting the Spartans up 28-21 late in the 4 th quarter.
Breaking the game open at that point, was an interception by Blake Cooper who put the Spartans in position to run the ball and milk the clock. This is Nic Roller time. Nic appeared to score on a 12 yard run, but was called out at the three – scoring two plays later to put the Spartans up 35-21. Getting one more defensive stop on a 4 th down conversion attempt, Bixby was able to run the clock out and notch their second victory of the year.
Next up the (2-0) Spartans hit the road for the first time. And quite a road trip it is, traveling to Springdale, AR Friday the 20 th for a 7:30 kickoff.