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.
“No doubt, that was big,” Midwest City coach Steve Huff said. “I felt good about our defense, even though we had a couple of lapses with tackling, but they put you in space a lot.”
The interception was Reeves' third of the season.
Soon after, Flanders scored his first touchdown on an 8-yard run.
After the Wolves failed to advance on the next series, Antonio Martin blocked a Santa Fe punt to give the Bombers the ball at the 1, setting up another Flanders score, and Midwest City (3-0) began pulling away.
The blocked kick was the Bombers' fifth of the season.
“I lined up, and there wasn't anybody in front of me,” Martin said. “Oh yeah, I thought I had a good chance to get it.”
Martin also blocked a kick in the Bombers' season-opening win over Del City.
Just before half, the Bombers made it 20-0 when Zac Brannon pulled down Joel Davis' 17-yard pass with less than two seconds remaining the half.
“We don't pass it a lot, but when we do need to, Joel can get it done,” Flanders said.