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Sophomore Keaton Torre of Edmond Santa Fe and junior John Kolar of Norman North play well after replacing Division I commits Justice Hansen and David Cornwell.
by Scott Wright Published: October 20, 2013

Back in August, football fans around the Oklahoma City metro area were buzzing about a high school scrimmage — yes, a scrimmage — because of two names: David Cornwell and Justice Hansen.

That night, both star quarterbacks got hurt and exited early. It was a fun night, but it came up short of the show some had hoped to see.

A little after 7 Friday night, it was starting to look like the regular season was going to be a re-run.

Cornwell, the Norman North quarterback and Alabama commit, had already been declared out for the season a couple days earlier, after undergoing surgery on his right knee.

And Hansen, Edmond Santa Fe's quarterback who is headed to Oklahoma next year, went down with what looked to be a severe injury when it happened, with a player rolling over his foot from behind — “I thought it was fractured,” Santa Fe coach Lance Manning said.

Manning and the Wolves got good news about Hansen's ankle over the weekend, learning that he could be back on the practice field by Tuesday, with the possibility of playing Friday night against Norman in a key District 6A-4 game.

So the Year of the Quarterback might not be totally lost after all.

Of course, the injuries have allowed Norman North and Santa Fe to remind us that their cupboards aren't bare at the quarterback position, either.

Edmond Santa Fe had its most passing yards of the season in Friday's 50-33 loss at Lawton, with sophomore Keaton Torre taking all but a few snaps. The outcome was a defeat, but Torre showed courage and toughness being dropped into a rough situation unexpectedly.

At Norman North, junior John Kolar made his second start since Cornwell was sidelined. Kolar had rallied the Timberwolves against Yukon when Cornwell got hurt, and he beat U.S. Grant in his first start.

But his performance Friday night was the most impressive yet, throwing for 326 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions while rushing for two scores against a legit Edmond North defense in a 42-35 victory.

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by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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