Special to The Sun
The host Yellowjackets put the pigskin up for grabs and Edmond Santa Fe was salivating at the mouth like a pack of hungry Wolves.
The Wolfpack took full advantage, returning a pair of fumbles for touchdowns in the first quarter and at the start of the second returning an interception for a TD as Santa Fe blasted Choctaw 55-14 on the road at Bill Jensen Field Friday night.
Following Eric Davis’ 40-yard interception return for a touchdown less than two minutes into the second stanza, the Wolves had built a 35-0 lead. Edmond Santa Fe led 55-zip at the break and in the latter half, a running clock was used.
Playing in just the opening half, Wolf quarterback Justice Hansen chunked five TD passes. On the game’s initial drive, the Wolfpack marched 80 yards capped off with a 29-yard scoring strike to Calvin Harkless. Hansen’s other touchdown pass in the first period was an untarnished lob pass up the left sideline to Trevan Smith, who got behind the defender for a 41-yard TD. Smith also grabbed a 15-yarder in the second quarter for a score.
Santa Fe’s Cord Moore returned a fumble 21 yards into the end zone and teammate Phillip Sumpter ran in a fumble from 9 yards away to lead 28-0 after one quarter of play.
In the second, just two plays after Davis’ interception return for a score, Jeremy Crawford recovered a fumble on the Yellowjacket 24-yard line that Edmond Santa Fe turned into a Hansen-to-Dale Jefferson 8-yard TD pass. Jefferson also hauled in a 7-yard TD from Hansen with just 19 seconds to play before intermission which again was set up by a Crawford fumble recovery snowballing the lead to 55-0.
Choctaw scored a pair of TDs in the latter half versus the Wolves’ reserves.
District 6A-4 champion Santa Fe will have a home playoff game Friday against Putnam City North.