MOORE — Justice Hansen eluded one rusher, but it seemed like the second one might have him for a safety in the end zone.
Keeping focus on the play, Hansen tossed to his Edmond Santa Fe teammate Malcolm Dade at around the 10-yard line, who took off on a 57-yard pass play. The big gainer set up Hansen's fourth touchdown run of the game to help Edmond Santa Fe ice a 35-24 victory over Southmoore on Friday at Moore Stadium.
Hansen ran 22 yards into the end zone for the final margin with 1:54 left in the game. Hansen rallied Edmond Santa Fe with a 4-yard scoring run to put the Wolves up 28-24 with 10:25 remaining in the game.
Dade's catch put the exclamation point on fourth-ranked Edmond Santa Fe's 15th consecutive district win. Santa Fe moved to 3-1, 1-0 in District 6A-4, while eighth-ranked Southmoore went to 2-2, 0-1 in district play.
“Not many people make those plays,” Edmond Santa Fe coach Lance Manning said of Hansen's pass play. “Special kid, special athlete. It's a big deal. It's not pretty all the time, but it's easier when you win that first one in district.”
Hansen finished with 109 rushing yards on 15 carries plus 171 yards passing, connecting on 9-of-19 throws. Hansen threw a 46-yard touchdown strike to Malik Earl to give Edmond Santa Fe a 21-14 advantage on the first drive of the second half.
“We needed to get the first down,” Hansen said of the fourth-quarter pass. “I do everything I can to help us win. I was focused on throwing the pass.”
Down 28-24, Southmoore drove 60 yards in 16 plays while consuming six minutes off the clock. However, Southmoore's march stalled at the 4-yard line as Santa Fe's Austin Mack pressured Southmoore quarterback Conner Uselton into an incomplete pass on fourth down. Southmoore had converted a fourth-and-19 on a 24-yard pass from Uselton to Jalen Adams.
Jaelon Walker scored on a 2-yard touchdown run to put Southmoore ahead 24-21 just before the end of the third quarter. Walker totaled 197 yards and a touchdown rushing on 31 carries and a 66-yard touchdown catch. Uselton completed a 66-yard pass play to Walker on the game's opening possession to put Southmoore on top 7-0 with 11:33 showing in the first quarter.
The Wolves answered as Hansen rumbled 20 yards into the end zone to tie the score 7-7 with 9:23 left in the first quarter.
Edmond Santa Fe marched 75 yards in nine plays to take the lead 14-7 with 4:43 to go in the second quarter. Hansen juked his way to a 28-yard touchdown scramble. Southmoore turned the ball over on downs at the Santa Fe 25-yard line prior to that scoring drive.
Southmoore responded with a nine-play, 62-yard drive capped by Dunya Rice's 2-yard scoring run. The Sabercats tied the game 14-14 with 1:30 remaining in the second quarter.
Southmoore had one more shot with the ball starting in Santa Fe territory before halftime. A penalty negated Uselton's apparent touchdown throw with less than a second left in the second quarter.