Pigskin Preview Revealed: Sapulpa Chieftains Feature – Presented by American Heritage Bank

Sapulpa Chieftains 

Coach: ROBERT BORGSTADT

Schedule:
9-6 – at Edison 

9-13 – at Claremore 

9-20 – vs. East Central 

9-27 – at Bixby 

10-4 – vs. Bartlesville 

10-11 – at Muskogee 

10-17 – at Booker T. Washington 

10-25 – vs. Shawnee 

11-1 – vs. Sand Springs 

11-8 – at Ponca City 

Quick Hits:

Running back Tae Taft dominated in the Chieftains 63-58 win over Bartlesville. Taft rushed for 202 yards and two touchdowns and caught four passes for 176 yards and two more scores. 

Quarterback Eli Williams was clutch in a 49-48 win over Muskogee. Williams threw for 247 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 116 and two touchdowns. 

Sapulpa’s seven wins in 2018 were the most at the school since an 8-4 effort in 2005 which included a first round playoff victory over Jenks.   

Last 6 Years:
2018 – 7-4

2017 – 1 -9 

2016 – 1-9

2015 – 2-7 

2014 – 1-9 

2013 – 6-6

OFFENSE 

The revitalization of Chieftain football continues as head coach Robert Borgstadt and staff look to improve on their 7-4 record from a year ago. There are many things for Chieftains fans to be excited about. Last year was their first playoff appearance since 2013. They return 15 starters this season. And Eli Williams (6-4, 220, Sr.) is in his final season at Sapulpa. All are factors that could equal some serious success in 2019. Williams, a VYPE Top 100 selectee and a Texas Christian University commit, could be arguably the top quarterback in the state this season. His play will spark this offense to do great things. Marcus Esparza (5-11, 195, Sr.) joins Williams in the backfield as the go-to running back in the spread offense. Another VYPE Top 100 selectee is Te’Zohn Taft (5-10, 175, Jr.), who is a versatile athlete and capable of making some big plays. Tight end Kandon Williams (6-3, 230, Sr.) will figure heavy into the run and pass games while Hunter Martin (6-2, 260, Sr.) shores up the offensive line that will need a couple young guys to step up this season. Kenyon Kahmeyer (5-11, 180, Jr.) is one of several wide receivers that could see time this year. Kahmeyer brings speed to the field. Something coach Borgstadt likes to see. “Offensively we will be a balanced offense with multiple weapons to get the ball to,” Borgstadt said. 

DEFENSE 

The Chieftains will run the 3-4 scheme this season with a few guys pulling double duty. Esparza will start at linebacker with Taft playing one of the corner spots. Kandon Williams will start at outside linebacker with Wyatt Hall (5-10, 185, Jr.). The pair give the Chieftains two players that can track down any back in the district. Jacob Goad (6-3, 205, Sr.) gets the nod at defensive end, while Caleb Nuttle (5-10, 175, Sr.) will round out the linebacker corps. “Defensively we will be a fast, aggressive defense that plays with great effort,” Borgstadt said. Coach Mason Swisher has taken over the linebacker coaching duties. Other coaches on staff include Sal Guerrero, Pete Carter, Tim Beacham, Devin Swift, Ryan Nolan, Justin Beacham, Ken Zachary, James Burkhalter, Chris Gridner and Cliff Harris, who takes over wide receivers this season.