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Originally posted October 15, 2012
Union quarterback Hunter Atyia slips past a Sand Springs defender during the Redskins' win. JOEY JOHNSON/For the Tulsa World
Union buries Sand Springs with second-half outburst, 59-7
BY MIKE BROWN Tulsa World Sports Writer
(Reprinted with Permission. This is not an endorsement.)
SAND SPRINGS - Off to their best start in 15 years, the Sand Springs Sandites wanted to prove Friday they could hang with the big boys of Class 6A football. See photos
Union sophomore tailback Terrel Buchanan did some proving of his own.
The 5-foot-10, 178-pounder had two long-distance runs and scored twice on his first four carries, spurring the third-ranked Redskins to a 59-7 win over the sixth-ranked Sandites before about 4,000 spectators at Memorial Stadium.
Buchanan went 69 yards on the first play of Union's second possession and scored from a yard out a few plays later to give his team a 7-0 lead. He went 83 yards for a score on the first play of the next possession and the Redskins led 14-0.
Buchanan totaled 153 yards after his first four carries and finished with 187 yards on eight attempts, beating his previous single-game high. Last season as a freshman, he rushed for 130 yards in the Redskins' second-round playoff win over Edmond North.
"He's pretty dang good for a kid," said senior quarterback Hunter Atyia, who ran for two scores and threw for another. "I knew we were gonna move the ball and score tonight, but (Buchanan) put us on his back in those first two drives."
The Redskins added an Austin Butler field goal to lead 17-0 at halftime and poured it on by scoring 42 second-half points.
Union improved to 5-2 overall while handing Sand Springs its first loss in seven games. Both are 3-1 in District 6A-1, one game behind second-ranked Owasso, which defeated Booker T. Washington to stay unbeaten in 6A-1 play.
"We're not ready (to be rated on Union's level) and we found it out tonight," Sand Springs head coach Dustin Kinard said. "But it's a long season and we'll go back to work. (Union's) not 52 points better than us, but they capitalized on every mistake we made. We knew we had to play a perfect game and we didn't do that."
The Redskins scored after the Sandites botched a fourth-down punt with a low snap from center deep in their own territory to start the second half. The Redskins scored again after a pass interception in Sandite territory, and scored yet again when Devon Davis blocked a field goal and Ky Young returned it 75 yards.
Sand Springs got 277 passing yards from Cody Hale and moved the ball almost effortlessly between the 20s, but scored only once.
Hale's pinpoint 11-yard strike to Chase Lane made it 24-7 in the third quarter and gave the Sandites hope. But the Redskins raced 79 yards on 10 plays with their next possession, capped by Atyia's second rushing TD from 10 yards.
Sand Springs then drove to the Union 12, but the blocked field goal and Young's long return made it 38-7, and the game got quickly out of hand.
Atyia said with the Redskins' tough early losses, they've been hearing talk on the social media networks that they might be up to winning a fifth consecutive state title.
"So it's good to come out on top with a score like this," Atyia said.
UNION 59, SAND SPRINGS 7