EDMOND — Edmond Santa Fe quarterback Justice Hansen had been downplaying the battle against Norman North's David Cornwell on Thursday night at Edmond Santa Fe.
But then when the half-game scrimmage actually started, the two top recruits duked it out in grand style, matching touchdown for touchdown — until injuries struck both.
Hansen, an Oklahoma commitment and No. 4 on The Oklahoman's Super 30, orchestrated three drives to open the scrimmage, only to re-tweak his hamstring on his 70-yard touchdown run to leave the game for precautionary reasons.
“Regardless of anything that would have happened before, I wasn't going to miss this scrimmage,” said Hansen, who had originally tweaked his hamstring in practice. “It was good to go out there, get my three series in and then see how the team picked it up in the end.”
Later, Cornwell rolled his ankle at the end of the first quarter on a fourth-and-goal play.
The Alabama commitment, who is ranked No. 2 on the Super 30, sat on the sideline with ice taped to his ankle. But he talked like the injury would be a non-factor in the future.
“I'll be ready in two days,” Cornwell said. “This ankle is fine. You'll see me on the practice field in two days.
“I was just up on one foot and then I came back down, kinda like a basketball play, just came down on it on the toe and just rolled it. I'll be taping my ankles from now on. I thought I'd be fine, but it'll be great in two days.”
Even with the disappointing result, the quarterbacks combined for more than 200 yards passing and three touchdowns.