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Edmond Santa Fe's Justice Hansen ran for three touchdowns last Thursday night. (Staff photo by Shelly Holinsworth)

By Derek Brown
Staff Writer

EDMOND – All eyes were on Edmond Santa Fe’s Justice Hansen’s arm but last Thursday night it was his legs that led the way.

Mustang could not contain the Wolves’ offense led by Hansen. The Sooner commit rumbled into the end zone on the ground three times and tossed one touchdown against the Bronco defense in Edmond Santa Fe’s 26-14 win at Central Oklahoma’s Wantland Stadium.

“We had great effort and I thought our defense did a great job with the exception of two big plays. Just too many mistakes in a critical ballgame,” Mustang coach Jeremy Dombek said.

Mustang’s offense sputtered when it got deep into Edmond Santa Fe’s territory. The Broncos got inside the Wolves’ 25-yard-line four times and came away with a goose egg each time. Mustang had three turnover on downs and a fumble in excellent field position.

The Wolves’ defense, added with mistakes by the Bronco’s offense led to two interceptions, two fumbles and three turnover on downs.

“You can’t come into a hostile environment on the road to the two-time defending champs and turn the ball over four times and expect to win,” Dombek said.

The battle of two quarterbacks wearing the No. 11 proved to be in Hansen’s favor. Mustang may have struck first with a Chandler Garrett pass hauled in by Austin Breasette from 19 yards but it was early in the game.

Hansen tossed for 207 yards and a touchdown. He went 17 of 25. The senior quarterback added 64 yards on the ground, with three scores on 22 attempts.

Garrett went 26 of 33 for 300 yards and two scores.

The Broncos gave up 158 yards on the ground to the Wolves. This is the first time all year that MHS has given up over 100 yards rushing in a game. Mustang’s rushing game was kept in check as they ran for 60 yards on 33 attempts.

“As far as running the football I think what got us was the speed of their linebackers. We haven’t seen that yet this year,” Dombek said.
Mustang held a 7-0 lead with 7:39 in the first quarter. It did not take long for Edmond Santa Fe to cut into the Bronco’s lead. Hansen found Malcolm Dade for a 76-yard touchdown, although the XP was no good and Mustang still led 7-6.

Hansen and the Wolves took a 13-7 lead with 6:10 remaining in the first half when he found a crease for an 8-yard rushing touchdown.

The Wolves added to their lead after Hansen found another gap and carried a 5-yard keeper into pay dirt for a 20-7 Edmond Santa Fe lead with 7:15 in the third quarter.

The Broncos came into the final quarter on point. Garrett threw a strike to Colton Hadlock for a 24-yard score on the first play of the fourth quarter to pull within 20-14.

Hansen iced the game with his third and final rushing touchdown, this time from 7 yards out with 3:20 to play. The score put the Wolves up 26-14.

Mustang did not quit though as they marched down the field but wound up inches short of the goal line. Garrett passed to Hadlock on fourth and goal but the stingy Wolve’s defense did not break and was able to close out the game 26-14.

Mustang moved to 3-2 (1-1) on the year and looks to rebound against Edmond Memorial on Thursday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m.

“We still control our own destiny,” Dombek said. “We have to get healthy, we have to get better and have to get fresh legs…Hopefully we’re playing our best football at the end of the season.”

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