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Class 6AI-1 football preview: Keaton Torre, Darren Williams highlight strong Edmond Santa Fe junior class

The Wolves enter District 6AI-1 with their hopes lying on the development of the junior class headlined by quarterback Keaton Torre and running back Darren Williams.
by Jacob Unruh Published: July 27, 2014
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photo - Edmond Santa Fe's Darren Williams (25) carries the ball against Edmond Memorial's Chase Kemp (99) during a high school football game between Edmond Santa Fe and Edmond Memorial at Wantland Stadium in Edmond, Okla., Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Edmond Santa Fe's Darren Williams (25) carries the ball against Edmond Memorial's Chase Kemp (99) during a high school football game between Edmond Santa Fe and Edmond Memorial at Wantland Stadium in Edmond, Okla., Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Edmond Santa Fe coach Lance Manning is thankful some young players had a chance to play late last season.

They’ll get their chance to shine this season.

The Wolves enter District 6AI-1 with their hopes lying on the development of the junior class headlined by quarterback Keaton Torre and running back Darren Williams.

Torre played the final six games of the season — starting five — when Justice Hansen went down with an ankle injury, and went through growing pains.

But he still completed 65 percent of his passes, throwing nine touchdowns and six interceptions. Torre also picked up an offer from Louisville recently.

“I think he’s ready for Friday nights now,” Manning said. “I think it got thrown at him all of sudden and he did a great job. Through team camp and spring football, he’s shown how much he’s grown.”

Williams played sparingly in 10 games, averaging 8.2 yards per carry. He will get the bulk of the carries this season.

“I think a good way to describe him is he’s a physical kid because he just doesn’t care,” Manning said. “He’s pretty elusive, but he will run over you.”

OFFENSIVE LINE CRUCIAL FOR YUKON

With Class 6A being split into two divisions, Yukon finds itself in arguably one of the toughest districts in the state with powers Jenks and Broken Arrow alongside 2013 semifinalist Westmoore.

And first-year coach Bill Young knows the Millers’ ability to compete up front will be crucial as they look to make the playoffs for a sixth straight year.

“We’re going to have to be able to throw the football, there’s no question about it,” the former Oklahoma State defensive coordinator said. “But we’re also going to have to be able to run it.”

Leading the way up front will be Shane Block, a 6-foot-5, 270-pound tackle who has an offer from North Texas, and Tyler Stilwell, a guard.

“Having some guys like that will help us big time,” Young said.

JIMMERSON, POGI HEADLINE PC D-LINE

Putnam City coach John Wofford has plenty to be excited about when talking about his defensive line.

The Pirates, who went 2-8 last season, return two seniors who have a strong chance of playing at the Division I level in Marc Jimmerson and Chris Pogi, along with junior Austin Williams.

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by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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