MIDWEST CITY — For Edmond Santa Fe quarterback Justice Hansen, it was the perfect kind of game.
The Wolves got a win, did some good things, and left their season opener against Midwest City with plenty to work on going forward.
Edmond Santa Fe beat Midwest City 50-42, coming from a big deficit early in the game and hanging on to hand the Bombers their first season-opening loss since 2009.
“There's a lot of excitement after a game like this,” Hansen said. “A game like this does a lot for us.”
Hansen, in particular, said he handled the early situation better than he would've a season ago.
Early on, Santa Fe was reeling, falling behind 27-8 after a second-quarter onslaught that included heavy doses of Bombers running back Qualan Johnson.
But the Wolves chipped away, with a pair of touchdowns in the final 1:28 of the first half to climb back in the game.
“I usually handle myself all right staying calm out there,” Hansen said. “But tonight, I made it a point to keep my offensive line positive and let everyone know we were still in the game and not to get down.
“That's a part of my game I've really been working on.”
It also helps to have receivers like Santa Fe's.
Hansen hit Dale Jefferson for a 30-yard pass on fourth and 10 that set up Cornelius Fugett's 13-yard touchdown a play later to pull it to 27-16.
Then in the final 34 seconds of the half, Hansen led a 70-yard drive that included a 48-yard pass to Trevan Smith and finished with an 8-yard touchdown to Cameron Westbrook on the final play of the half.
Santa Fe continued the onslaught with a 23-point third quarter that included a 37-yard interception return by Eric Davis, and Hansen and Westbrook touchdown runs.
Hansen finished with 287 yards and three touchdowns passing and a pair of rushing touchdowns.
“We got a spark there off of a couple of quick hits, and that really got things turned around,” Santa Fe coach Lance Manning said. “You never go in expecting to score 50 on a team like Midwest City but we certainly think our offense is capable of doing big things.”
Midwest City's offense did plenty themselves, as Johnson ran for 212 yards, 3 touchdowns and a two-point conversion.