Special to The Sun
The Edmond Santa Fe Wolves scored on their first possession in overtime Friday to defeat the Mustang Broncos after surrendering 15 straight points in the fourth quarter at Bronco Stadium in Mustang.
Santa Fe defensive back Eric Davis picked off a Frankie Edwards pass in the back of the end zone on Mustang’s first possession of overtime and two plays later, Phillip Sumpter punched in a score from two yards out to end the game and give the Wolves their fourth win of the season.
The Wolves and Broncos battled to a stalemate in the first half, going into the locker room knotted at 14-14.
Santa Fe’s offense got off to a slow start, but two critical Mustang penalties on the Wolves’ second drive of the game helped Santa Fe jump out to an early 7-0 lead.
Justice Hansen, one of the state’s top signal callers, completed four of six passes for 37 yards with a four-yard touchdown pass to Cornelius Fugett on the 11th play of the drive.
Mustang answered on the following drive. The Broncos started their first scoring possession from the 50-yard line and finished it with a three-yard touchdown pass from Edwards to Eric Lucas. The Broncos missed on their extra point try, but cut the deficit to 7-6.
The Wolves were forced into a three-and-out on the following drive, but a Khari Harding interception and return to the Mustang 30-yard line set up Santa Fe with good field position for their next drive.
It took the Wolves just five plays to score off of the Mustang turnover. Santa Fe drove down the field and took a 14-6 lead after an 18-yard touchdown run by Cameron Westbrook. Westbrook finished the game with 29 yards and a score.
Santa Fe forced the Broncos into a turnover on downs on the following drive, but the Wolves fumbled on the next play to turn it right back over to Mustang.
The Broncos looked to take advantage of the Santa Fe mistake, but were unable to punch the ball into the end zone after driving down to the Santa Fe one-yard line on the following drive. The Wolves defense stopped two straight quarterback sneaks to give the ball back to their offense after a second straight turnover on downs.
Santa Fe was forced to punt after the defensive stop and four plays later the Broncos cut the deficit to 14-12. Edwards completed a pass to Travis Mitchell to convert on the two-point conversion and tie the game at 14-14 before going into halftime.
After the two teams exchanged possessions to open the half, Santa Fe again took a seven-point lead with a 19-yard touchdown pass from Hansen to Sumpter after starting from the Mustang 38-yard line. Hansen completed two of three passes on the drive including a 20-yard completion to Mendenhall.
Mustang answered again. The Broncos started from their own 20-yard line and drove 80 yards before running back Cutter Smith punched in a score from the one-yard line. Mustang botched the snap on the extra point attempt and failed to convert, leaving the Wolves with a 21-20 lead.
The Wolves, led by Hansen, scored on their next drive to extend the lead. Hansen completed three passes for 57 yards and dashed for an 11-yard score to give Santa Fe a 28-20 advantage after the PAT.
The Broncos started the next drive again with a one-score deficit. However, instead of answering with a score, Mustang turned the ball over. Phillip Sumpter scooped up a Tanner Robertson fumble on the second play of the drive and returned it to the Mustang one-yard line. Two plays later Sumpter scored on a two-yard run that extended the Santa Fe lead to 35-20.
Mustang found a way to get back into the game with eight minutes left. The Broncos cut the lead to 35-26 after a 58-yard drive that ended with a 10-yard touchdown completion from Edwards to Dakota Warrington. The Broncos elected to go for one and converted to make the score 35-27.
The Broncos forced the Wolves to punt on the following possession and with under five minutes left on the clock, they put the ball in the end zone with an Edwards touchdown pass to Colton Hadlock. Edwards took the ball himself on the two-point try and converted from 1 yard out to send the game to overtime.
After capturing the victory in overtime, the Wolves moved to 4-1 on the season. Santa Fe will travel to Putnam City next week to take on the Putnam City North Panthers. The Wolves return home on Oct. 11 to host Norman at Wantland Stadium in Edmond.