Edmond Santa Fe wins district title, proves me wrong again
EDMOND — Admitting that I was wrong after an Edlam game that Edmond Santa Fe won. This seems familiar.
In any case, the Wolves beat Edmond North 31-21 on Friday at Wantland Stadium to clinch the District 6A-2 championship, just one year after a 1-9 season.
The game really seemed to swing in Santa Fe’s favor after a few critical errors in the second and third quarters.
With the game tied at 3 late in the first half, Edmond North blocked a Santa Fe punt and had the ball on the Wolves’ 26-yard line. But after three plays, North faced a fourth-and-one on Santa Fe’s 17.
Huskies’ quarterback Jesse Mathews tried to sneak for the first down, but didn’t get it.
On the Wolves’ first play after taking over possession, quarterback Justice Hansen found Tre Kelley for an 82-yard gain. On the next play, Phillip Sumpter ran in a two-yard score to send the Wolves into halftime with a 10-3 lead.
Huskies’ kicker Ken Bingham hit a 31-yard field goal in the third quarter, leading me to believe that, given the opportunity, he would have made the 34-yard attempt.
I can’t say I understand the decision to go for it with the chance to have a halftime lead, especially after all the momentum you’ve gained with the blocked punt.
Edmond Santa Fe coach Lance Manning, though, said he would have done the same thing that his Edmond North counterpart did.
“I feel like, if we’re playing as well defensively as they were at the time, and we’re as big and physical, I can be a little more of a riverboat gambler,” Manning said. “That’s the same thing I would have done to be honest with you.”
The Wolves were able to extend their lead to 24-3 in the third quarter after three Edmond North fumbles. The Huskies were never able to get it back within 10 points.
Regardless, Edmond Santa Fe was clearly the better team and now has the chance for two home playoff games.
The Huskies, meanwhile, are now out of the home-playoff-game conversation. They should easily handle U.S. Grant in the regular-season finale, and will probably end up in third place in the district behind Santa Fe and Lawton.
Edmond North is still a dangerous team, and will still be a favorite in their first-round game, which looks like it will be at Yukon.
But this was a team that had a legitimate claim to Class 6A’s No. 1 ranking just two weeks ago.
The Wolves only loss is to No. 1 Midwest City, and that 27-6 setback was in Week 3. It would be interesting to see those two teams play again, because I felt that week like Santa Fe left a lot of points on the board.
Santa Fe, which ends the regular season at Putnam City, is looking towards a likely first-round tilt with Lawton Eisenhower.
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