EDMOND — Seven weeks into the season, it looks like we've come all the way back around to where we started. Back to the place where Edmond Santa Fe looks like the west side's best Class 6A football team, the best hope to take down one of the big boys from the east.
Edmond Santa Fe quarterback Justice Hansen threw four touchdown passes and ran for three more as the sixth-ranked Wolves dismantled No. 9-ranked Lawton 68-28 Thursday night at Wantland Stadium.
The Wolves (6-1 overall, 4-0 district) slid down the rankings after an ugly loss to Edmond North in the third week of the season. But Thursday's victory was the statement the Wolves needed to remind everyone why they were so highly regarded before the year.
“We needed this,” senior Phillip Sumpter said. “I think it's a big confidence booster, and we know we can get the job done. We did it against a very good team, and we can get the job done against anybody.”
While Norman North was busy with an impactful 49-27 win over No. 4-ranked Edmond North on Thursday night, Santa Fe was playing its most complete game of the season in the eyes of Wolves coach Lance Manning.
“It's really good to see us play in unison on offense and defense, complementing one another and executing that well,” Manning said. “We've been frustrated all year with the points we've been giving up. We've been waiting for the time when we come out and play like this defensively.”
With Lawton riddled by injuries to its starting quarterback and top two receivers, Santa Fe saw its opportunity to attack.
After a couple of early hiccups trying to stop Lawton's 265-pound running back, Ivan Thomas, the Wolves clamped down, allowing only one first down in the second and third quarters. Lawton didn't have an offensive touchdown until the fourth quarter, when the game was already in hand.