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Rams' home football opener Friday after offense shines in road win at Edmond Santa Fe
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Class 6AI | No. 2 Owasso 45, No. 4 Edmond Santa Fe 22

Rams' home football opener Friday after offense shines in road win at Edmond Santa Fe

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Owasso’s Austin Havens is establishing himself as one of the state’s top quarterbacks and performances like he put on last Friday night against Edmond Santa Fe are a big reason why.

The junior completed 18-of-28 passes for 262 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for 65 more yards to lead the Rams’ offensive juggernaut in a 45-22 romp over Class 6AI No. 4 Edmond Santa Fe at Wolves Stadium in the season opener for both teams.

This Friday, the Rams will host Fayetteville (Ark.) at 7:30 p.m., in a rematch of Owasso’s 31-17 win last year. Owasso head coach Bill Blankenship coached Fayetteville to an Arkansas Class 7A state title in 2016 before moving to the Rams.

Owasso is coming off an impressive season opener. The Rams, ranked No. 2 in 6AI, rolled up 518 yards of offense and mostly held Santa Fe’s standout wide receiver, Talyn Shettron, in check, although Shettron did catch eight passes for 80 yards and two touchdowns. But he wasn’t the top producing receiver on the field — Owasso’s Kelan Carney caught six passes for 118 yards and three touchdowns and Cole Adams added seven catches for 100 yards and two scores.

Owasso defensive lineman Chris McClellan spent much of the night in the Santa Fe backfield harassing quarterback Scott Pfieffer, who completed 19 of 41 passes for 210 yards. The Wolves’ top offensive threat turned out to be freshman tailback Demarius Robinson, who carried 25 times for 149 yards and scored a late touchdown.

“It’s a quality opponent,” Blankenship said. “They’ve got guys who can play. Coach (Kyle) White does a great job. We knew we would have to grind it out. The first half was exactly what we thought it would be. We were fortunate we were able to get a couple of turnovers and kind of get some space from them.”

Havens hit Carney on a 12-yard touchdown pass to cap Owasso’s opening drive. Santa Fe — coming off a 10-3 season that included a state title-game appearance — answered with a 48-yard pass from Pfieffer to Shettron and the duo connected on a 2-point conversion pass to give the Wolves their only lead at 8-7.

Owasso jumped back ahead with a 57-yard Havens-to-Carney touchdown pass. A 64-yard reception by L.B. Reeves set up a 1-yard scoring catch by Shettron to tie the game, but the Rams started pulling away. Carney juked his way to the end zone for his third scoring catch, covering 21 yards, and Havens then found Adams open for a 46-yard scoring strike that put the Rams up 29-15 at halftime.

Santa Fe recovered a muffed Owasso punt at the Rams’ 25 with 2:44 left in the half but managed only four yards on four plays, a storyline that continued after halftime. The Wolves twice drove inside the Owasso 30 in the third quarter but lost the ball on downs both times. Owasso marched 73 yards after the latter possession, scoring when Havens hit Adams with an 18-yard touchdown pass to make it 35-15.

The Wolves’ third trip inside the Owasso 30 of the second half ended the same as the first two did and the Rams essentially sealed the win on a subsequent 74-yard scoring run by Emery Neeley, who had 97 yards on seven carries. Derrick Overstreet added 76 yards on 12 carries for the Rams, who had 252 rushing yards.

OWASSO 45, EDMOND SANTA FE 22

Owasso 15 14 6 10 — 45

Ed. Santa Fe 8 7 0 7 — 22

Owasso – Hakelan Carney 12 pass from Austin Havens (Jake Adams kick)

Edmond Santa Fe – Talyn Shettron 48 pass from Scott Pfieffer (Shettron pass from Pfieffer)

Owasso – Carney 57 pass from Havens (Jacob Clifton pass from Havens)

Edmond Santa Fe – Shettron 1 pass from Pfieffer (Dakota Brash kick)

Owasso – Carney 21 pass from Havens (Adams kick)

Owasso – Cole Adams 46 pass from Havens (Adams kick)

Owasso – Adams 18 pass from Havens (kick failed)

Owasso – Emery Neeley 74 run (Adams kick)

Owasso – FG Adams 22

Edmond Santa Fe – Demarius Robinson 21 run (Brash kick)

TEAM STATISTICS

Owasso Santa Fe

24 First Downs 20

35-252 Rushing att.-yds. 34-201

262 Passing Yards 210

18-32-0 Passes C-A-I 19-41-1

2-2 Fumbles no.-lost 2-1

13-125 Penalty no.-yds. 10-85

4-24.8 Punts-Avg. 4-35.6

1-0 Team Records 0-1

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