Special to The Sun
Edmond Santa Fe head coach Lance Manning says his squad is jelling at the right time and it showed Friday night as the Wolves, led by Michael Farmer’s four touchdown performance defeated the Choctaw Yellowjackets 55-30 at Wantland Stadium.
Santa Fe improved to 6-4 on the year and 4-3 in conference play. Choctaw finished the year 3-7 and 1-6 in conference.
“I thought our effort and our execution was a lot better tonight than it has been for the last few weeks,” Manning said. “We had been looking for some continuity and regain an identity offensively and I think we are working our way there. I am really pleased with the kids and the effort.”
Manning said he was pleased with the continued development of Farmer and sophomore quarterback Keaton Torre, who filled in for the injured Justice Hansen.
“Michael Farmer has done nothing but get better all year long,” Manning said. “It is the same thing with Keaton Torre. Our offense played really well tonight.”
Edmond Santa Fe got on the board first when Farmer caught a 36-yard touchdown pass from Torre with 5:51 left in the first quarter.
Choctaw came back with 11 seconds left in the first quarter on a Jacob McMullen field goal making it 7-3.
Farmer scored his second touchdown with 8:04 left in the second quarter on a 5-yard run. The extra point put the Wolves up 14-3. He added his third score with a 34-yard touchdown with 3:50 left in the first half for an 18-point cushion.
Santa Fe scored again on a 7-yard touchdown run by Darren Williams with 2:08 left in the half to pull away.
The Wolves closed out the first-half scoring when Torre connected with Malik Earl on a 47-yard touchdown pass with only 15 seconds left. The extra point made it 34-3 at halftime.
Manning said Choctaw was a better team than its record indicated.
“All through district they played people really tough,” Manning said. “They played Lawton within one touchdown and they are really good offensively. I thought our defense did a good job all night.”
Torre started the second half scoring for Santa Fe on a 3-yard quarterback keeper with 9:07 left in the third quarter to make it 40-3 in favor of the Wolfpack.
Choctaw quarterback Jonah Llanusa connected with Shandon Overstreet on an 8-yard touchdown pass with 5:29 left in the third quarter.
Farmer scored his final touchdown of the night with 55 seconds left in the third quarter on a two-yard run.
The extra point increased the Wolves lead to 48-10.
Jerome Bryson scored Santa Fe’s final touchdown with a 1-yard touchdown run with 7:57 left in the game.
Choctaw wasn’t done on the night scoring as Llanusa connected with Caleb Shimp for a touchdown pass with 7:37 left regulation. Llanusa also connected with Carson Smith on a 6-yard touchdown pass with 4:26 left and the extra point made it 55-23.
Choctaw’s final score came with 2:22 remaining as Llanusa hit Overstreet on a 12-yard touchdown pass for the final of 55-30.
Manning said he was happy his seniors got to close out Senior Night with a win and helped prepare them for a possible playoff run.
“It’s always a special night for these guys,” Manning said. “It is always special to go out a winner.
“I know we will be third or fourth. We will prepare like it (playoffs) was any game in district with the only difference you lose and you go home.”