“It really was a weird kind of game,” Manning said. “We knew what could happen with them. They're a really good football team and offensively, they're really hard to prepare for.”
The biggest strike came early in the fourth quarter, with Santa Fe clinging to a six-point lead when Norman pinned the Wolves at their own 7.
On the second play, Hansen laid the ball up near midfield for Trevan Smith, who took it 90 yards for a touchdown.
“That was all Trevan,” Hansen said. “They'd been playing man a lot and we did a little play action and it worked perfectly.”
Smith finished with six catches for 193 yards.
Hansen threw for 307 yards on just 13 completions.
Santa Fe's most impressive drive, though, didn't end in a touchdown.
The Wolves got the ball back with six minutes left after Norman's Imond Robinson scored to make it a one-possession game once more.
But the Tigers never got another chance, as Santa Fe killed the final 6:04.
The drive was kept alive early by Sumpter's seven-yard run on third and seven.
On several occasions on third down in the game, Sumpter looked like he was stopped short before spinning or breaking free to pick up key first downs.
“Just keep the legs churning,” he said. “That's what my dad taught me when I was little and its stayed with me.”