The Moore American

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September 26, 2012

‘Cats taste first loss

EDMOND — For three weeks, Southmoore had all the answers. No matter the problem or opponent it had found a way to respond with a victory.

That came to an end Thursday when the eighth-ranked SaberCats faced off with No. 7 Edmond Santa Fe. In a matchup of two of the state’s most explosive teams, the Wolves prevailed 53-37 at Wantland Stadium when they were unable to watch Santa Fe’s intensity for a full 48 minutes.

“When they saw us down, they just straight punched us and kept going,” Southmoore’s Karltrell Henderson said. “We need to come harder and be more focused. We have a problem with doubting when somebody is up on us. We have problems with doubting each other. We just need to stay more focused.”

The SaberCats (3-1, 0-1 District 6A-4) knew they would face a tough challenge in the Wolves (3-1, 1-0), but they never imagined they would allow 53 points.

But when a team turns the ball over as many times as the SaberCats did, tight games can turn into routs. Southmoore was intercepted three times and lost a fumble.

“I felt like we competed very well,” Southmoore’s Spencer Martin said. “They are a really great team. We had way too many turnovers. That’s a big issue. When you are playing a great team, you have to play great.”

Santa Fe struck first and fast. Felix Depona’s 47-yard touchdown run in the first quarter put the SaberCats behind early. After two Justice Hansen touchdowns passes, the Wolves led 20-0 heading into the second quarter. Hansen threw and ran for seven touchdowns and totaled 376 yards of total offense.

For the first time this season, the SaberCats were dealing with a team that had just as many, if not more, terrific athletes on its roster. It took Southmoore the entire first quarter of getting punched in the mouth to figure this out.

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