EDMOND — Normally, it's the explosive offense for Edmond Santa Fe that gets all the ink, and the Wolves rolled up some gaudy numbers again Friday night in their 55-6 rout of rival Edmond Memorial at Wantland Stadium.
Quarterback Justice Hansen accounted for six touchdowns, but the Wolves' defense also shined, holding Memorial's sophomore running back Warren Wand to less than 100 yards rushing for the first time this season.
“We got a lot of green hats on him tonight,” Santa Fe coach Lance Manning said.
Santa Fe clinched the District 6A-4 title with Friday night's win, and if the Wolves can continue to play defense like they did against Memorial, they could be a force in the playoffs.
“I saw this coming against Lawton,” said Santa Fe coach Lance Manning, whose defense was considered the weak link of the team earlier this season. “Those guys (on defense) take pride. They weren't happy giving up the points we were.
“It was just a matter of time with the new scheme and putting it together and getting the right fits to where we are not giving up big plays. That's going to be the key to our success in the postseason, is how well we are playing defensively. The last three weeks we have really improved.”
Wand, who has been a big playmaker for Memorial in the Bulldogs' recent success, was bottled up all night. He did not have a run longer than eight yards against the Wolves and finished the game with only 47 yards rushing on 21 carries.
Santa Fe safety Khari Harding said the Wolves were determined not to let Wand get loose.
“Everybody kept swarming around the ball,” Harding said. “We (Santa Fe's defense) are starting to come around. It's getting closer to the playoffs and we are buckling down and playing hard.”
Memorial (3-6, 3-3 in District 6A-4) managed only 160 yards of total offense in the game, just 72 in the first half as the Wolves led 35-0 at halftime.
Meanwhile, Santa Fe rolled up 411 yards of total offense in the first half as Hansen tossed three touchdown passes and rushed for another.
By halftime, Hansen already was 11 of 18 for 220 yards through the air while rushing for 106 yards on 11 carries.
Hansen tossed two more touchdown passes before leaving the game late in the third period. He finished the night 14 of 22 passing and 278 yards, plus rushing for 153 yards on 15 carries.
“I think we take for granted that is what he is supposed to do,” Manning said of Hansen. “He is consistently productive out here on Friday nights.”
Trevan Smith caught touchdown passes of 43 and 21 yards, while Calvin Harkless also had scoring receptions of 43 and 29 yards.
Memorial still has a chance to make the playoffs with a win next week. It was the 13th straight district victory for Santa Fe (8-1, 6-0 in district play).
“To me, that's special,” Manning said. “With the teams we've been playing, that says a lot ... This is when you want to be playing your best football, and right now I think we are.”