MIDWEST CITY — At 5-foot-9 with a rocket arm and the ability to scramble and turn bad plays into good ones, Southmoore senior quarterback Tre Edwards could be mistaken for a new-generation Doug Flutie — and that's a great thing for the SaberCats.
Edwards completed 16 of 20 passes for 353 yards and four touchdowns and added 51 rushing yards as Southmoore, ranked No. 15 in Class 6A, rolled to a surprisingly easy 48-21 win over Class 5A No. 4 Carl Albert on Friday night at Harris Field.
Edwards keyed a 580-yard offensive output by the SaberCats (1-0), giving their new coach, Jeff Brickman, a win in his debut. Caleb Toney scored both of the touchdowns for Carl Albert (0-1) on runs of 7 and 10 yards, while quarterback Steve Thompson carried 21 times for 133 yards, but most of those yards came after the result had been decided.
“In our scrimmages, we ran the ball really, really well, and we kind of expected them to load the box to see if we could throw the ball,” Brickman said. “We can do both. It's whatever the defense gives us that we'll utilize. Tre did have a good night.”
Edwards' fumble at his own 7 on the game's opening possession led to a quick Carl Albert touchdown. But he completed his first nine passes – including one on a perfectly executed fake punt from midfield – including a 23-yard scoring strike to Jalen Adams on the SaberCats' next possession.
Thompson failed to recover a bad snap deep in his own territory, and the football bounced to Southmoore's Cody Earp, who returned it two yards for another touchdown.
Southmoore opened the second quarter with a 21-yard touchdown run by Pierce Spead. Edwards followed with scoring passes of 57 yards to Johnathan Martin – a fade route, which Edwards threw off his back foot – and 22 yards to Jackson Stallings, putting the SaberCats up 35-6 at halftime. At that point, they had 419 yards of offense to Carl Albert's 28.
The pass to Martin “was one of the better throws I've seen since I've been coaching here,” said Brickman, who was an assistant on the Southmoore staff under previous head coach Chris Jensen.
Edwards capped his night with a 61-yard touchdown pass to Adams late in the third quarter. Karltrell Henderson, who had 15 carries for 90 yards to lead the SaberCats' rushing attack, later added a 27-yard scoring run.
Edwards already has received an NCAA Division I baseball scholarship offer from Arkansas, but said he would consider going the football route in college if he got some offers.
“I would love to play football, but I'm kind of realistic with my height,” he said. “If someone gave me the chance to play D-1 football, that would be great, but right now, I'm just not worried about it.”