Yet it was the Tiger defense that set the tone early. With Santa Fe sophomore quarterback Keaton Torre making his first career start following the ankle injury suffered by starter and Oklahoma commit Justice Hansen last week, Norman attacked from the start.
The Tigers recorded six quarterback sacks, all in the first half, and the front four, consisting of Cade Parker, Anthony Grimes, Nick Webb and Josh McGill, pressured Torre all night. He threw for 216 yards on 17-of-31 passing, but the Wolves could rarely keep drives sustained.
“Our defensive front came hard all night,” Norman coach Greg Nation said. “They did a super job. We held a very good football team to 14 points.
“These guys had to suck it up, and they knew they did. We're pretty beat up right now, and we just mentally overcame the injuries.”
For playoff purposes, Edmond Santa Fe has some work left, now at 5-3 overall and 3-2 in District 6A-4. Wins by Mustang and Southmoore on Friday night kept Norman (4-4, 2-3) out of the top four spots for now. With Putnam City West and Lawton left on the schedule, the Tigers know one loss will likely end their postseason hopes.
“This was a big win, because it puts us in a better spot than we were,” Dean said. “But the monkey's not off our back. We have to win out. We dug ourselves in this hole, so we have to dig ourselves out of it.”