EDMOND — The disappointment of last season's 3-7 finish is washed out of Midwest City's mouth.
The 16th-ranked Bombers upset No. 4 Edmond Santa Fe 3-0 on Thursday at Wantland Stadium, picking up big defensive plays one after another in an overall sloppy game.
“You get a shutout, how can you not be pleased?” Midwest City coach Darrell Hall said. “First game of the season to get a shutout on a very high-powered team like this — of course they're missing their top gun, we know that, but a shutout's a shutout.”
Edmond Santa Fe coach Lance Manning decided before the game that star quarterback and Oklahoma commitment Justice Hansen would not play due to his lingering hamstring injury, forcing the offense to change and ultimately struggle.
Midwest City took advantage and held the normally high-powered Wolves to just 185 total yards and forced five turnovers.
“I didn't anticipate this,” Manning said about the offensive struggles. “We didn't look like that in practice. I mean, obviously there's certain things that having a true quarterback gives us, but I thought we would perform better up front and execute better without the mistakes than what we did. It's very disappointing.”
It was the play of junior safety Will Sunderland and junior linebacker Camron Carson that helped baffle the Wolves, each coming up with turnovers and key stops.
Sunderland stopped the Wolves' only possession inside the 5 when he kept Quinzell Jones from reaching the end zone on a reverse play at the 1. The Bombers then immediately hit Ke'Marrie Carter-Hartfield in the backfield on fourth down to escape.
“I my mind, I had to get (Jones) because if he scored, our offense wasn't doing too good today,” Sunderland said. “I had to make the tackle.”
In the second half, the Bombers forced the Wolves to turn the ball over on four of their six possessions, with both Sunderland and Carson picking up interceptions.
Carson also delivered the game-ending stop when he tackled quarterback Cameron Westbrook on fourth-and-2 for a loss with 40 seconds remaining.
Santa Fe has to regroup for next week's game against Yukon possibly without Hansen and sophomore backup Keaton Torre, who also missed the game after undergoing minor knee surgery. The Wolves used two quarterbacks Thursday — Westbrook and Kaden Mendenhall — and completed just 6 of 11 passes for 65 yards.
Even with the offense stuck in neutral, Santa Fe turned in a solid defensive performance with four turnovers.
But Midwest City senior kicker Osvaldo Estupinan made a 32-yard field goal with less than 6 minutes remaining in the third for the game's only score.
Midwest City's Kameron Martin rushed for 55 yards on 19 carries, and Tre'jon Sherffield rushed for 82 on eight carries. Sophomore quarterback Brendan Brown struggled in his first start.
Even with their own issues on offense, the Bombers come away with a better start than last season and momentum against Stillwater next week.
“You always talk about winning Week 1, and it's not a cupcake team,” Hall said. “We played a very quality team that's ranked above us in the polls, so to come out at their place and get a ‘W,' it's great.
“It'll be a lot easier to go to work tomorrow.”