EDMOND Lawton High has suffered from a rash of injuries so far this season.
If the Wolverines wanted to have a chance Thursday night against Edmond Santa Fe, they needed one more player to be hurt Santa Fe quarterback Justice Hansen.
But the Wolves' junior signal-caller was more than fine, torching the Wolverines for 396 total yards and seven touchdowns in Santa Fe's 68-28 victory at Edmond's Wantland Stadium.
Lawton, which was ranked No. 2 in the state two weeks ago, is now 2-2 in District 6A-4 and 5-2 overall. Santa Fe improves to 6-1 overall and a perfect 4-0 in the district.
"This game has been on the schedule for more than a year," Lawton High head coach Randy Breeze said. "There's no excuse for us not showing up tonight."
Despite the final score, this contest was not a blowout for all 48 minutes. In the first half, the Wolverines kept pace with the Wolves in terms of yards and first downs, but LHS twice got deep into Santa Fe territory and had to settle for field goals. In fact, LHS responded with scores after Santa Fe's first three touchdowns, but because two of those scores were field goals, the Wolverines still trailed 21-14.
Ultimately, however, it would have been tough to keep pace with the Hansen-led Wolves offense, no matter what Lawton's offense did. Edmond was effective and efficient in all phases of its offense ñ running game, short passing game and the occasional deep pass. The Wolves got plenty of help from LHS in the form of countless missed tackles.
On the game's opening drive, Santa Fe drove to the Lawton 26 before the Wolverines made two good stops and forced a third-and-long. Hansen dropped back to pass, but Lawton had good coverage throughout the secondary. No matter, as the speedy QB simply took off running right up the middle. He easily got the first down, then broke two tackles to get into the end zone.