EDMOND — Over the last two years, Tulsa Union has made a habit of pulling off close wins in the playoffs.
They didn't need such dramatics Friday.
The No. 1-ranked Redskins dominated up front and came out with a 52-19 win over Edmond Santa Fe at Wantland Stadium to advance to the Class 6A semifinals.
Union (10-2) will face Jenks next weekend for a berth in the finals. The game will be played Friday or Saturday at a neutral site to be announced.
“It's a fun deal every time we play them,” Union coach Kirk Fridrich said. “We make each other better, and there's nothing better than Thanksgiving practices — except for practicing the Monday after.”
One of those two teams has won every 6A championship since 1996.
Justin Silmon was Union's leading scorer coming in, but it was sophomore Terrel Buchanan that took over against Santa Fe.
Buchanan ran for 252 yards and three touchdowns.
“We really connected and came together tonight,” Buchanan said. “We let our minds go and just came to play. Everything went out way. Santa Fe's a great team.
“It was a great experience for me to play in a game like this.”
Last season, en route to a fourth consecutive 6A title, Union won all four of its playoff games by one point. The Redskins opened the playoffs with a three-point win over Westmoore last week.
There was little doubt about this one for much of the second half, though, especially after David Todd returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown late in the third to put Union up, 38-13.
“We made some uncharacteristic mistakes and a lot of them had nothing to do with Tulsa Union but were about Santa Fe,” Wolves coach Lance Manning said. “Five turnovers against a four-time defending state champion isn't going to get it done.”
Todd's touchdown was the first of two defensive touchdowns for the Redskins.
The Wolves lost to Jenks in the same round a year ago, also at home.
Justice Hansen put up big numbers — 344 passing yards and a couple of touchdowns to go with a running touchdown. But the Wolves couldn't move the ball on the ground.
The Redskins held Santa Fe to just 28 yards rushing and Hansen gained 21 on one carry.
Trevan Smith had five catches for 187 yards and a touchdown.
“Their defense got after us up front,” Manning said. “We got in the hole that early and had to try to play catch-up from there and there really wasn't an opportunity to establish the run game.”
Edmond Santa Fe's season ends 10-2.
“It was a great season,” Manning said. “We've just got to figure out how to get over the hump of the 6A semifinals.”