NORMAN — For much of the season, junior Cameron Westbrook's play at running back had allowed Edmond Santa Fe to use Phillip Sumpter sparingly on the offensive side.
The last few weeks, though, Sumpter has become a bigger and bigger part of the Wolves' offense.
Friday night against Norman, Sumpter was critical for Edmond Santa Fe, helping the No. 5 Wolves stay atop District 6A-4 with a 27-21 win over the Tigers at Harve Collins Field.
“There were times tonight when he was the only thing going for us,” Santa Fe coach Lance Manning said. “He's so good on defense that we have to be careful with that but he's done a great job for us lately.”
Sumpter didn't find the end zone, as all four Santa Fe touchdowns came on Justice Hansen passes to four difference receivers, but Sumpter ran for 108 yards and added 38 receiving yards, making play after play to keep drives alive.
“Whatever my role needs to be, that's what I'm going to do,” Sumpter said. “They've needed me on offense here at the end of the season and into the playoffs and I'm enjoying it.”
Edmond Santa Fe (7-1, 5-0) plays surging Edmond Memorial at Wantland Stadium on Friday with a chance to clinch the district title.
“It's going to be an exciting game,” Hansen said. “They were struggling early but they've really played well lately. We're looking forward to it.”
Three of Edmond Santa Fe's four scoring drives were of 80 or more yards, including a pair from 92 yards or more.
But the Wolves took care of business quickly on all four, with the longest scoring drive needing just six plays and only one first down.