A high school field-goal kicker can go through an entire career without the opportunity to attempt a last-minute, go-ahead field goal, but Edmond Santa Fe’s Cameron Kay got his shot in the first scrimmage of his senior season.
Kay hit a line drive through the goal posts with 37 seconds left in Santa Fe’s 17-14 win over Norman North in a mini-game on Thursday night at Harve Collins Field in Norman.
In fact, all of Santa Fe’s points came off big plays. Junior running back Darran Williams started the scoring with a 65-yard run on the third play of the game, and defensive back Ashton Preston jumped in front of a Norman North pass and returned it for a touchdown.
“That was a big-time play, and that’s the type of thing we need Ashton to do, being a Division I kid out there,” coach Lance Manning said. “He had a great break on the ball, and after he got it, he was athletic enough to take it for six.”
RUNNING BACKS PUT ON A SHOW
The state’s junior class is full of talented running backs, and three of the best were on the same field Thursday.
In addition to Santa Fe’s Williams, Tulsa Union’s Tyler Adkins and Norman North’s Quan Hogan also performed well. The more compact Adkins showed his strength by running through tackles, while Hogan’s versatility was on display.
Hogan rushed for 1,003 yards and had 830 receiving yards last season, and his role looks to be much the same this year.
“We want to find ways to get the ball in his hands,” coach Wade Standley said. “He’s an explosive player and obviously made some big plays for us. Hopefully we’ll continue to be able to do that.”
Williams said Thursday’s performance was just the start of what he hopes will be a strong season for the Wolves’ rushing attack, providing a good balance with quarterback Keaton Torre’s passing ability.
“We’re just trying to get better, but this is just the beginning,” he said. “We’re just getting started. We’ve got to keep pushing forward to be the best.”
Of course, a lot of eyes were on the two Division I quarterbacks in action, Torre and Norman North’s John Kolar, who is committed to Oklahoma State.
Each player threw an interception, but they made some impressive throws as well.
WESTMOORE O-LINE RECOVERS FROM ROUGH START
If you only watched the first few plays of Westmoore’s offense in its 27-14 mini-game loss to Union, you probably came away thinking the Jaguars weren’t going to be able to block anyone this year.
But after the rough start, Westmoore’s front five settled in and helped the offense score a pair of touchdowns.
“They got better as we went on, and that’s what was important,” first-year coach Adam Gaylor said. “Early on, we didn’t have success, missed a couple of assignments. But the guys kept battling up there. They’re a tough bunch, and that’s what we need from them.”
John Delmoral, a 6-foot-4, 270-pound senior, was in action for the first time in camp, and his presence will aid the group.
As the scrimmage went on, Jags quarterback Bryson Lee was getting more and more time to throw, and it paid off with a big play, when he hit Stephan Robinson on a slant route. Robinson blazed through the secondary for a 63-yard touchdown.