Midwest City a little too tough for Edmond Santa Fe

BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer, raber@opubco.com Modified: September 15, 2011 at 10:27 pm •  Published: September 15, 2011

EDMOND — There's no doubt Edmond Santa Fe is much improved over a season ago.

Thursday night at Wantland Stadium, though, Midwest City showed the Wolves just how far they have to go.

Bombers running back James Flanders tore through Santa Fe's defense, Midwest City's secondary intercepted quarterback Justice Hansen twice and the Bombers came up with a big play on special teams in a 27-6 rout of the Wolves.

“We can still play better offensively,” Flanders said. “We're much better than we were, but we've still got a ways to go.”

Midwest City is where Santa Fe hopes to be again — among the best teams in Class 6A.

Flanders, bothered by a stomach virus a week ago in the Bombers' win over Enid, showed no affects of illness Thursday night. He ran for 154 yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries.

He even came up with a big play on defense, pulling down an interception and returning it 57 yards to set up his final touchdown of the night.

“I had to use my brother's skills,” Flanders said, referring to his brother John, a defensive back for the University of Tulsa.

Santa Fe (2-1) had a chance to take the lead early in the second quarter, but Ricky Reeves went up one-on-one against a Wolves wide receiver just outside the end zone and pulled down his third interception of the season.