Special to The Sun
It was a successful Thursday night for the Edmond Santa Fe Wolves as they got to score early and often and played three quarterbacks during their 57-20 win over Putnam West at Wantland Stadium.
The Wolves improve to 5-1 on the year and the Patriots fall to 3-3.
Santa Fe head coach Lance Manning said he was pleased with the effort of his squad which saw starting quarterback Justice Hansen play only three series followed by sophomore quarterback Keaton Torre, who picked up the bulk of the snaps. Cameron Kay also saw action under center in the second half.
“Overall, I was very pleased,” Manning said. “Justice played three series and three touchdowns and we got him out. We got our talented sophomore in there in Keaton Torre and overall he managed very well for three quarters and even Cameron Kay came in and did a good job.”
The Wolves got on the scoreboard first when Darren Williams scored on a 34-yard run with 10:58 left in the first quarter. The extra point by Edward Smith made it 7-0.
Hansen scored the second touchdown on the night when he punched it in with a 17-yard score with 9:07 left in the first quarter for a 14-0 lead.
Santa Fe added its third score after Ryan Sanderson caught a pass from Hansen near the Patriots’ 11-yard line and ran for a touchdown. Kaden Mendenhall scored on a two-point conversion after a mishandled kick attempt to make the score 22-zip.
Putnam West scored its first touchdown when junior quarterback Steven Stallings scored on a one-yard run with 3:12 left in the first quarter.
Running back Michael Farmer added to Santa Fe’s lead when he scored on a 5-yard touchdown with 10:01 left in the first half for a 29-7 cushion.
The Wolves scored again with just over seven minutes left in the second quarter when Sanderson caught a Torre pass for a touchdown and the lead snowballed to 36-7.
Stallings added his second touchdown for the Patriots on a two-yard run with 2:45 left in the half, cutting Putnam West’s deficit to 37-14.
Farmer closed out the first half by scoring his second TD on a three-yard run with 1:34 left in the half. The Wolves went into halftime leading, 43-14.
Manning said he thought his defense played better after making some needed adjustments at the half.
“Defensively I wasn’t real pleased in the first half because they (Patriots) gave us a lot of problems,” Manning said. “We came out in the second half and did a really good job. I think it was a really good effort.”
The second half started where the first ended with Farmer scoring on a 29-yard run with 9:10 left in the third quarter.
Santa Fe scored a final time at the close of the third when Kay connected with Gavin Olsen for a touchdown. Smith’s extra point made it 57-14.
The final score of the night came when Stallings connected with Rashaad Boyd for a touchdown. The kick was no good for 57-20 finale.
Manning praised the Putnam West players and coaching staff.
“I think they are doing a really good job at Putnam City West,” he said. “I have seen them get better and better. They are very athletic at quarterback and they gave us some problems with some of the things they do. I just appreciate that those coaches are working hard and those kids are playing hard.”
Manning said getting his younger players game experience will help his team through the rest of the season.
“I think it is great when you have an opportunity to do that,” Manning said. “I think it is invaluable to get some guys experience.”
It is that experience Manning says that has his squad feeling confident about the season.
“These guys have won 16 or 17 district games straight without a loss,” he said. “They know how to play and find ways to win big games. They have done a good job of not being complacent and we just have to do a good job and continue that.”
The Wolves’ next challenge comes on Oct. 18 when they travel to Lawton to battle the Lawton High Wolverines.
“They are big and physical and well coached,” Manning said. “We go to Lawton and that is a really hard place to play. We are just going to have to play well and execute.”