EDMOND — The odds are slim that the football world will get a second chance to see Justice Hansen and David Cornwell going head-to-head on the field again. But if it happens, the stakes will be a lot higher than their first meeting, which comes Thursday night in a scrimmage at Edmond Santa Fe.
Should they ever square off again, it'll either be a Class 6A playoff game this fall or maybe an Oklahoma-Alabama bowl game somewhere down the line.
Edmond Santa Fe's Hansen and Norman North's Cornwell — the state's elite quarterback recruits and one of the best QB duos to come out of Oklahoma in the same class — will meet at Santa Fe as part of a four-team scrimmage beginning at 6 p.m.
Depending what recruit ranking service you prefer, the two are among the nation's most sought-after signal-callers.
Hansen, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound OU commit, is rated by ESPN as the No. 4 dual-threat quarterback in the country.
“Hansen is just one of those guys that knows when to pull the trigger and is at his best when improvising and on the move,” ESPN recruiting analyst Tom Luginbill wrote. “He has a sixth sense about where pressure is coming from, can evade defenders and keep plays alive instinctively.”
Cornwell is the No. 3 pro style quarterback in the country according to Rivals.com.
“Cornwell has a lot of upside because of his size and arm strength,” wrote Andrew Bone of the Alabama Rivals site, TideSports.com. “He has good mobility inside the pocket and sees the field.”
For football fans' viewing pleasure, it's hard to imagine a better mid-August scrimmage lineup.
But for the players, there's a lot more to worry about — like preparing for a season in which both hope to challenge Jenks and Tulsa Union for the Class 6A title — than the quarterback on the other sideline Thursday night.
“It's not gonna be any different to me,” Hansen said. “In practice, we go against our own guys so much, getting to see someone else will be nice.
“We've got things we want to work on to get ready for the season.”