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High school football: Edmond North whips Edmond Santa Fe to claim Edlam championship

Huskies outmuscle Wolves up front, keep Santa Fe quarterback Justice Hansen from getting into a rhythm.
by Ed Godfrey Published: September 14, 2012
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Santa Fe was playing catch-up all night. An early turnover when Trevan Smith fumbled a kick-off put the Wolves in a 10-0 hole after Farmer scored three plays later.

Edmond North increased its lead to 16-0 on two Moore field goals before Hansen finally connected with Dale Jefferson on a 61-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter.

The Wolves trailed 23-6 after Rossi's touchdown catch, before Hansen hit Smith for an 80-yard scoring toss late in the fourth quarter.

Other than those two big plays in the passing game, Edmond North's defense kept the Wolves on a short leash the entire night.

Hansen finished with 15 of 29 for 260 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Hansen blamed himself for Santa Fe's poor offensive showing.

“Our defense played great, props to them,” Hansen said. “I think a lot of it is on me. If I get the ball out of hand and complete passes, we are perfectly fine. A lot of that falls on me. We never got a rhythm, and a lot of that is what our offense is. We live off making big-time plays, key plays, and none of us did that tonight.”

Hansen, however, said North's defense was tough to run against.

“They did a good job up front and with their linebackers, filling the holes,” he said.

Santa Fe coach Lance Manning admitted the Wolves were outmuscled.

“Our lack of experience up front is a lot of it,” Manning said. “We got four new starters up front, and they got after us and they pressured us. Obviously, we didn't figure things out quickly enough. Hats off to Edmond North. We just got outplayed. We just got to get better.”

Edmond North cornerback Curtis Woods said the Huskies played Friday night liked they had practiced all week.

“All week, we heard we were the underdog,” he said. “We prepared all week in practice, and we came out and did our job. It's a huge win. It's going to help us going into district play.”

Dombek called the victory a big momentum builder for the Huskies.

“It's still a non-district game, but we are not going to downplay it,” he said. “We know it's a big win to springboard us into district play.”

by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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