EDMOND — Edlam.
The term was never more appropriate than Friday night when Edmond Santa Fe posted a 38-31 double overtime win over rival Edmond North at Wantland Stadium.
Santa Fe quarterback Justice Hansen accounted for four of the five Wolves touchdowns, the biggest being a 4-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Sanderson on fourth down in the first overtime to extend the game.
“It was a typical rivalry game with ebbs and flows and momentum changes,” said Santa Fe coach Lance Manning. “It's one of those deals there were times it didn't look good for us and times it didn't look good for them. It was exhausting. What an emotional game.”
The Wolves (2-1) took the lead on Ke'Marrie Carter-Hartfield's 3-yard run in the second overtime. The win wasn't secure until Edmond North (1-2) lost two yards on a running play and threw three incomplete passes to run out of downs.
“I told our kids after the game this was a great game to be at,” said Edmond North coach Scott Burger. “It was a lot of fun. It's what high school football is about.”
There were two momentum swings.
Forcing a turnover and four punts on Santa Fe's first five possessions, the Huskies dominated early to lead 13-0 but Hansen produced two touchdowns in the final minute of the first half to start a run of 24 consecutive points.
Hansen's 4-yard run capped an 80-yard drive with 57 seconds left before halftime. The Wolves used their timeouts to get the ball back at their own 40 with 29 seconds left before intermission.
Hansen completed four consecutive passes of 15, 17, 20 and 8 yards, the final throw to Malik Earl on the final play of the half to take a 14-13 halftime lead.
The Wolves pushed the lead to 24-13 when Hansen capped a 53-yard TD drive with his second 4-yard TD run midway through the third quarter. Hansen finished the night 19-of-36 passing for 216 yards and two scores and ran for 72 yards and two TDs.
“Justice didn't have one of his best games but that has something to do with Edmond North's defense,” Manning said. “(In the first overtime) it was a quarterback making a great play and the receiver executing the play to make a great catch to send it to another overtime.”
The momentum switched back to North when Huskies linebacker Scott Courtney blindsided Hansen in the end zone, forcing a fumble that Courtney recovered for a touchdown. A two-point conversion cut the lead to 24-21 late in the third quarter.
Santa Fe chewed up much of the fourth quarter with a 13-play drive, but the Huskies took over on downs at their own 41 with 2:31 remaining. North's offense produced two first downs to set up Trevor Moore, who booted his third field goal, a 36-yarder, with :03 left to force overtime.
“I'm extremely proud of our kids,” Burger said. “I told them as soon as they leave the field this game was over with, that they're capable of running the table and being district champions.”