EDMOND — Cameron Westbrook sees Justice Hansen every day up close.
The Edmond Santa Fe running back sees what Hansen does with his arm and his feet week-in and week-out.
So it is not surprising that Westbrook was impressed with Hansen's performance Thursday night as the Wolves beat Southmoore 53-37 at Wantland Stadium.
“He's amazing,” Westbrook said. “It's starting to get a little old, though, because he's just that good of a player. But he keeps getting more and more impressive.”
Hansen threw for 272 yards and five touchdowns and ran for 103 yards and two more scores.
His biggest came early in the third quarter, after Southmoore had come from a 20-0 deficit to take the lead.
Hansen responded by taking control, carrying on the final four plays of Santa Fe's next drive, finishing it off with a 13-yard touchdown run to give the Wolves the lead for good.
Last season, Santa Fe lost to Midwest City in its final nondistrict game before picking up a big district-opening win against Westmoore. That sparked an eight-game winning streak that lasted into the Class 6A playoffs.
This year, Santa Fe was looking for another bounce-back win after falling to Edmond North, 26-13.
“It's just the way Coach (Lance) Manning got us back out working after last week, and it was the same thing last year,” Westbrook said. “We had a hard week of practice and it showed.”
It looked like Santa Fe would cruise early before Southmoore adjusted. The SaberCats came back with four consecutive touchdowns.
“We ran two-man, manning up everybody and playing two-deep and they made us pay with it with their quarterback runs,” Southmoore coach Jeff Brickman said.
Hansen will travel to Tallahassee, Fla., this weekend to visit Florida State for the Seminoles' game with Clemson.
“The thing I saw from him, No. 1, is he's really tough,” Brickman said. “We hit him helmet-to-helmet a couple of times and he bounced right back up. He's mobile enough to hurt you, and he's mobile enough to move in the pocket until something opens up.”
Westbrook ran for 103 yards and a touchdown, including a 43-yarder early in the first quarter.
For Southmoore, Karltrell Henderson ran for 120 yards and two touchdowns, Jaelon Walker ran for a pair of touchdowns and Jalen Adams caught two touchdown passes from Tre Edwards.
Turnovers, though, doomed Southmoore.
The SaberCats gave up the ball four times with three leading to Edmond Santa Fe touchdowns.
Twice, the Wolves scored on the first two plays of the ensuing drive.
“We were our own worst enemies tonight,” Brickman said. “The effort was there, we just can't turn the ball over as much as we did. We gave them extra possessions, and they took advantage.”
Edmond Santa Fe (3-1, 1-0 District 6A-4) plays at Mustang next week. Southmoore (3-1, 0-1) hosts Putnam City West.