MUSTANG — Edmond Santa Fe senior Phillip Sumpter had seven offensive touches all season entering Friday’s game at Mustang.
“They needed me, I went in and I guess I did a pretty good job,” Sumpter said.
Sumpter scored three touchdowns — including the game-winning 1-yard run in overtime — and the Wolves beat Mustang 41-35, surviving a furious comeback from the Broncos.
“We’ve known there were certain situations where we need him in the game,” coach Lance Manning said of Sumpter. “He’s a strong kid, he’s explosive. When he has a hot hand like that, when we’re getting big positive plays from him, we’re gonna go with him.”
Sumpter was the Wolves’ starting running back a year ago, when Santa Fe went 10-2 and won its district championship. He accounted for more than 1,000 total yards as a junior and scored 12 touchdowns.
But this season, his playing time has been primarily at linebacker for Class 6A’s seventh-ranked Wolves, and he has excelled. He entered Friday’s game with 50 tackles through four games.
“I always had a love for defense,” Sumpter said. “That was always my main love. I’m happy to go both ways a little bit.”
Friday, he was a two-way star.
Near the end of the third quarter, Sumpter the linebacker recovered a Mustang fumble and ran it back to the Broncos’ 3-yard line.
A few plays later, Sumpter the running back ran in a tough 3-yard touchdown to give Santa Fe a 15-point lead that seemed like it might be enough to put away the pesky Broncos.
“I love doling out the punishment,” said Sumpter, who also scored on a 20-yard reception from Justice Hansen in the third quarter.
“It’s different, but I try to make the punishment instead of taking the punishment on both sides.”
But Mustang fought back to tie the game at 35 with just over five minutes remaining when gritty quarterback Frankie Edwards tossed a 23-yard touchdown to Colton Hadlock and then ran in the 2-point conversion.
In overtime, though, Edwards was picked off on second down by the Wolves’ Eric Davis.
After Santa Fe advanced to Mustang’s 1-yard line, Manning went back to Sumpter, who bulldozed his way into the end zone to give the Wolves an important District 6A-4 win.
“He did everything tonight,” Hansen said.
“Defensively, offensively. Even when yards aren’t there, he’s someone who can grind it out, put his head down and get a few yards.
“That’s what he did. That’s how he got in the end zone there at the end.”