Pigskin Preview Revealed: Sand Springs Sandites Feature – Presented by Cecil & Sons Discount Tires

Sand Springs Sandites 

Coach: DUSTIN KINARD

Schedule:
8-31 – at Mansfield Summit, TX 

9-6 – OPEN 

9-13 – vs. Putnam City 

9-20 – vs. Greenwood, AR 

9-27 – vs. Shawnee 

10-4 – at Muskogee 

10-11 – at Bartlesville 

10-17 – vs. Ponca City 

10-25 – at Bixby 

11-1 – at Sapulpa 

11-8 – vs. Booker T. Washington 

Quick Hits:

Sand Springs has won seven in a row and 12 of the last 13 against Ponca City. 

Sand Springs has not finished with a losing record in three consecutive seasons since 2009-2011. 

The Sandites will be looking for revenge against the Mansfield, TX-Summit Jaguars to open the season. Mansfield beat Sand Springs 41-28 a year ago and finished 5-5 against a rugged slate of large school Texas teams. 

Last 6 Years:
2018 – 3-7

2017 – 5-6 

2016 – 7-5

2015 – 7-5 

2014 – 8-4 

2013 – 6-4

OFFENSE 

A total of eight starters return to the offensive side of the ball as the Sandites look to get back to their winning ways. The Sandites will look to the big men up front for leadership this season. “We have three returners to anchor the offensive line,” said head coach Dustin Kinard, “(and) a competition for starting quarterback.” Braden Foster (6-0, 180, Sr.) is one of the players competing for the starting QB job. Josh Fincannon (6-2, 230, Sr.) and Nick Hancock (6-1, 260, Sr.) anchor an experienced offensive line that is charged up and ready to go. Daren Hawkins (6-1, 175, Jr.) returns as the team’s top receiver. Hawkins had 33 receptions for 471 yards and six touchdowns. Jacob Snodgrass (6-2, 180, Sr.) is another target in the passing game. Snodgrass had 22 receptions for 272 yards and three scores. Trey Wilkerson (6-0, 185, Sr.) rushed the ball 110 times for 584 yards and four TDs. He returns as the team’s leading rusher. “This group is working hard to get us back in the playoffs after missing out last year,” Kinard said.

DEFENSE 

Energy is what defensive coordinator Kevin Avey wants from his players. Look for the Sandite defense to mix it up this season with different packages up front and multiple blitz schemes. Jarret Haley (6-1, 175, Sr.) brings experience to the defensive backfield. Haley is joined in the secondary by a pair of corners in Cory Hunter (5-11, 160, Sr.) and Hawkins. The linebackers are Ethan Sartin (5-9, 235, Sr.) and Brooks Dudley (5-9, 205, So.). Both guys are quick to the ball and can drop in coverage. Riley Magee (6-4, 210, Sr.) will fill one of the spots on the defensive line as the Sandites look for guys ready to step up and become routine starters up front. Basing the defense in the 3-4, look for Sand Springs to develop some younger talent at linebacker as depth could become an issue as the season plays out. Kinard has coached for 18 seasons and is entering his 13th season as head coach.