Special to The Sun
A game of runs and momentum swings ended in nail-biting fashion as the Edmond Santa Fe Wolves triumphed over Edmond North 38-31 in a double-overtime thriller at Wantland Stadium Friday night.
“It was an incredible football game,” said Wolves head coach Lance Manning. “They’re a very talented football team. We knew that.
“They’re gonna jell and they continue to improve every week.
“Defensively, they’re strong. We knew they’d give us some problems.”
The fourth quarter went scoreless until the last three seconds of the game. That’s when North finished off a drive that lasted just over a minute and a half with Trevor Moore’s third field goal of the night, a 37-yarder that went straight through the uprights, sending Huskies wild as Moore forcing Edlam into overtime.
Tied 31-31, the Wolves had the ball first in the second overtime period. After a false start on first down, Ke-Marrie Carter-Hartfield ran the ball 12 yards to the 3-yard-line. Showing confidence in their young backup, Santa Fe fed the big back the ball once more, and he responded with a touchdown.
It proved to be the game-winning score, as North signal-caller Scott McClernon went 0-for-3 on the Huskies’ next possession, with his intended receiver bumping into a referee on the game’s final play.
“I thought our guys did a good job of making plays when they had to,” said Manning, who is in his third year as leader of the Wolves.
“We weren’t an efficient football team like we’ve talked about being, but we were a tough football team and we found a way to win.”
The Huskies had first crack at scoring in the first overtime and McClernon took a fourth-and-1 quarterback sneak in for a touchdown to force the Wolves to answer.
Wolfpack QB Justice Hansen faced a fourth down as well and he found Ryan Sanderson for his first catch of the night on a 4-yard score.