EDMOND — This wasn't the senior night quarterback Travis Townsend and the rest of the Edmond North team had envisioned.
There were throws into the ground, attempts that were behind receivers and one was picked off in the first half.
But that's why there are two halves.
Townsend completed his first eight passes of the second half to lead the Huskies to a 17-10 come-from-behind victory against rival Edmond Santa Fe on Friday night at Wantland Stadium.
"We came out fired up in the second half," Townsend said. "It was just an all-around effort. We executed and knew what was at stake. This is Santa Fe. We wanted this one."
Early on, it was the Wolves (1-8, 1-5) who clearly wanted the game more. The defense forced two turnovers in the first half, and quarterback Ty Hensley scored a rushing touchdown to give Santa Fe a 10-0 lead in the second quarter.
But after Townsend was picked off by Brandon Reece, the senior settled down. He orchestrated a touchdown drive before halftime, finding Kyle Aschenbrenner from eight yards out.
And after halftime, Townsend was red hot. He connected with four different receivers on the 76-yard scoring drive, culminating with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Garrett Molinsky.
"We kind of got lucky on that one," Molinsky said. "I was a little worried, but Travis kept looking for me, and I was able to make a play."
Townsend rolled out and found Molinsky in the back of the end zone in heavy traffic.
Santa Fe, already hurt by key injuries, suffered another blow when running back Ryan Frazier injured his knee in the third quarter.
The Wolves never packed it in, however. A 41-yard punt return by Reece set up Santa Fe at the Edmond North 39-yard line with under a minute left before the Wolves turned the ball over on downs.
The Edmond North defense caused two turnovers in the second half and converted those into 10 points.
"Our defense came up huge," Townsend said. "They gave up 10 points, but we put them in a bad spot."
Townsend threw for 231 yards and two touchdowns. The rush defense was stout for both teams. The Huskies (4-5, 3-3) only had 33 yards on the ground. Santa Fe finished with 30 rushing yards.