MIDWEST CITY — After Midwest City chalked up four consecutive touchdowns for a formidable 27-8 cushion in the second quarter behind the bulldoze running of Bomber tailback Qualan Johnson, the road to a win Friday night looked dim for the fourth-ranked Edmond Santa Fe Wolves.
But being on the road did not bother the Wolfpack at all, as quarterback Justice Hansen fired a pair of touchdown passes in the final 1:28 of the opening half to springboard Santa Fe to a 50-42 come-from-behind victory in the season opener.
Hansen, who connected on 18-of-30 passes for 299 yards and three TDs, completed a huge fourth-and-10 pass to Dale Jefferson, who spiked his toes into the turf just inside the right boundary and hung on for a 30-yard reception. On the ensuing play, Cornelius Fugett nabbed a 13-yard scoring strike to get within 27-15.
With no time remaining on the clock, Cameron Westbrook ran a perfect out & up as Hansen’s pass was on time from nine yards out to head into the locker room down just 27-21. Hansen also ran for a pair of scores, from 5 and 46 yards out respectively, to pick up an additional 68 yards on the ground. And that included four sacks for minus-24 yards. The 46-yarder was the game-clincher with just under seven minutes to play in regulation, when he changed directions twice and won the race to the right flag for a 50-34 cushion.
Other Edmond Santa Fe scores included a Trevan Smith (6 receptions, 140 yards) 43-yard pass on a slant in the opening period. Jefferson (5-73) ran in the 2-point conversion for an early 8-0 Wolf advantage.
Westbrook, the Santa Fe tailback, also hit paydirt on a 14-yard run, ending the night with 59 yards rushing on 18 attempts.
Defensive back Eric Davis really got the Wolves’ momentum going in the proper direction at the start of the latter half. He was running in full tilt when he jumped a Bomber pass route and waltzed home with a 37-yard touchdown for a 28-27 lead which Edmond Santa Fe would not relinquish.
Wolfpack kicker Edward Smith added a 21-yard field goal.