YUKON — It's safe to assume Edmond Santa Fe's Trevan Smith won't be welcomed back to Yukon's Miller Stadium anytime soon.
Smith christened the Millers' new home by returning the opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown, then catching a pair of touchdown passes in the Wolves' 38-28 football win Friday night.
But the win was about more than spoiling the debut of the Millers' new stadium. Santa Fe has a lot to prove this season under new coach Lance Manning.
Coming off a 1-9 season a year ago, the Wolves have been working hard to shake the doubters in the last three weeks. They defeated Jenks in a scrimmage, routed Edmond Memorial in the season-opening rivalry game, and now they have a road win against a Class 6A top-10 team to add to the list.
“There's always gonna be doubters out there, but as long as our team believes, it doesn't matter,” said sophomore quarterback Justice Hansen, who threw for 177 yards and rushed for 102.
Of course, this was only Week 2, and there's a long way left this season — starting with next Thursday's visit from Midwest City.
“This win means a lot,” said Santa Fe senior Tre Kelley. “People were still doubting us, but we kept strong as a team. This win is us. It's about the team right now — got down, came back and fought hard.
“We can't let this go to our heads, though. We've got to stay level-headed but confident.”
Hansen shook off a 1-for-7 start in the passing game, completing nine of 15 throws for 128 yards in the second half. He connected with Smith on touchdowns of 12 and 50 yards.
With gifted athletes such as Smith, Kelley, Phillip Sumpter and others at the running back and receiver positions, the Wolves' offense thrived on the big play Friday. Four offensive snaps accounted for 213 of Santa Fe's 332 yards, not including Smith's kickoff return TD.
“We have the players to make it happen,” Hansen said. “I can get the ball to a lot of people who can get in the end zone, and that's what I try to do.”
The defense capped it off with an interception by Khari Harding, who returned it 47 yards for the clinching touchdown.
But ultimately, it was Smith who stole the show, with a performance that conjured memories of his big brother, Reggie Smith, in his days with the Wolves.
“Anything can happen when you get the ball in that kid's hands,” Manning said of the younger Smith. “He's a special athlete, and I think he proved that tonight.”