EDMOND — Edmond Santa Fe's Tre Kelley was at a loss for words after his team's 31-21 win Friday over Edmond North to clinch the District 6A-2 football championship.
“Amazing,” the senior receiver said. “Like, amazing.”
He thought some more about his team's incredible turnaround from 1-9 last year to district champs this year.
“Like, amazing,” Kelley repeated. “To go from 1-9 to beating your archrival for the district championship? You couldn't ask for a bigger stage.”
Kelley was lights out. He caught five passes for 185 yards and a touchdown — including catches of 67 and 82 yards that set up the team's first two scores.
But it was three third-quarter turnovers that were the difference.
After Edmond Santa Fe failed to get a first down on the second half's opening drive, Edmond North's Garrett Molinsky fumbled the punt return.
Santa Fe didn't score on that drive, but Edmond North fumbled a snap on its next drive and gave the Wolves the ball on their 15-yard line.
One play later, sophomore quarterback Justice Hansen connected with Kelley for a 15-yard touchdown.
The Huskies fumbled the ensuing kickoff return, and three plays later, Hansen found junior Dale Jefferson for an 18-yard touchdown that made the score 24-3.
“When we were able to get the turnovers and the capitalize on them with touchdowns, we were able to get the momentum and build on it,” first-year Santa Fe coach Lance Manning said. “I thought that was the difference in the game right there. As close as they were at times to coming back, that's tough to overcome.”
Edmond North did make things interesting at times, but never got closer than 10 points.
Edmond Santa Fe plays at Putnam City next week, but it will enter the playoffs with a chance for two home games regardless of that outcome.
“We've still gotta finish the regular season,” senior safety Conner Bays said. “We need to go get this last win and go from 1-9 to 9-1.”
But Friday's win has Edmond Santa Fe, which lost its only game in Week 2 to No. 1-ranked Midwest City, thinking higher than that.
“Tonight hasn't really even set in yet, because I've just been thinking about a state championship,” Hansen said. “A district championship, that's just a side deal that comes with it.”