Special to The Sun
MIDWEST CITY —
Costly mistakes at crucial moments was the theme for the Edmond Santa Fe Wolves Friday night in a 49-25 first-round Class 6A playoff loss to the Midwest City Bombers at Jim Darnell Stadium.
Santa Fe closes out the season at 6-5 while the Bombers improve to 9-2 on the year.
Santa Fe head coach Lance Manning said costly penalties proved to be the undoing of his squad.
“We made mistakes that we haven’t made the past few years,” Manning said. “It was costly mistakes at crucial times that took momentum away from us. We let one get away from us.”
Midwest City scored first when quarterback Brendan Brown connected with Connor Kinsey for a 31-yard touchdown pass with 7:34 left in the first quarter. The extra point was good and the Bombers led 7-0.
Santa Fe’s Darren Williams got the Wolves on the scoreboard with a 24-yard touchdown run with 2:16 left in the first quarter. Edward Smith’s extra point was blocked making it 7-6.
The Bombers extended their lead with a 11-yard touchdown pass from Brendan Brown to Kesean Brown with 10:08 left in the second quarter. The PAT was good and Midwest City led 13-6.
Kesean Brown scored his second touchdown on a four-yard run with 59 seconds left in the first half. A two-point conversion by Cedric Fair made it 21-6 at halftime.
Santa Fe opened the second-half scoring when quarterback Keaton Torre connected with Malik Earl on a 49-yard touchdown pass with 10:19 left in the third quarter to get within 21-13.
Brown scored his third touchdown of the night when he returned a kickoff 80 yards to score with 10:08 left in the third quarter. The extra point was good and Midwest City led 28-13.
The Wolves answered with 9:11 left in the third when Earl caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from Torre. The extra point was blocked and the score was 28-19 in Midwest City’s favor.
The Bombers extended their lead when Brendan Brown had a quarterback sneak for a 35-19 advantage.
Midwest City scored again when Bryan Hartfield ran a Torre interception back 30 yards for the touchdown.
Kesean Brown scored his final touchdown on the night on a six-yard run with 10:22 left in the game.
The Wolves got the final score of the night when Torre connected with Earl on a 12-yard touchdown pass with 7:47 left in the fourth quarter. The two-point conversion failed making it a final of 49-25.
Manning said Midwest City played a solid game much like they have all season.
“They (Midwest City) have a really good defense and they run the ball well offensively which are the same things they have been doing all year,” Manning said.
Manning said he was disappointed in how the season ended and says injuries to key players including star quarterback Justice Hansen played in part in that.
“I know injuries had something to do with it, especially when you lose one of the best quarterbacks in the country it is going to affect you,” Manning said. “But, you can’t get wrapped up in what you don’t have. You have to be ready to play.”
Manning said he and his staff will evaluate what changes need to happen and get ready for next season.
“We will evaluate what we need to adjust and see what we can do to improve in the offseason,” Manning said.