Tricky’s play breaks game open

The Oklahoman - - SPORTS - Adam Kemp akemp@ ok­la­ STAFF WRITER

ED­MOND — The play was any­thing but tricky.

Ed­mond Santa Fe was putting to­gether a drive, reach­ing mid­field for the first time in the sec­ond quar­ter.

Se­nior quar­ter­back Kanan Hansen dropped back to pass and fired to his left.

But Bro­ken Ar­row’s Aaron “Tricky” Stokes was wait­ing.

“I just saw the slant and I saw the ball re­leased,” Stokes said. “So I made a jump on it and I got it.”

Stokes re­turned it 66 yards down to the Ed­mond Santa Fe 1 be­fore he was tack­led. The ball came fly­ing out, but safety Bryce Mat­tioda jumped on it for the Tiger touch­down.

The in­ter­cep­tion re­turn and touch­down put Bro­ken Ar­row up two scores, and it would go on to take down Ed­mond Santa Fe 35-7 at Wolves Sta­dium in a bat­tle of the top two teams in dis­trict


“It’s just like ev­ery game,” Stokes said. “If I have an op­por­tu­nity to make one play, I want to make a play.”

Stokes, who likes to go by Tricky be­cause it was the nick­name his late grand­mother gave him, made sev­eral plays on the night.

He recorded four tack­les and two pass breakups to help the pow­er­ful Bro­ken Ar­row (7-0) de­fense keep Ed­mond Santa Fe’s of­fense sti­fled from its first drive.

But it was the sec­ond quar­ter in­ter­cep­tion that gave Bro­ken Ar­row some breath­ing room.

“I was proud of our big plays tonight,” Bro­ken Ar­row coach David Alexan­der said. “We want to phys­i­cal and we want to play fast and we pride our­selves on stop­ping the run. That’s who we are.”

Bro­ken Ar­row’s of­fense was led by se­nior run­ning back Noah Cortes, who came into the game just 11 yards shy of sec­ond place on the all-time Bro­ken Ar­row rush­ing list. He picked that up on the Tigers’ first drive.

Cortes fin­ished with 119 yards and a touch­down on 20 car­ries.

“That’s one of my dreams, to beat the record,” Cortes said.

Bro­ken Ar­row won the field po­si­tion game against Ed­mond Santa Fe (6-1), start­ing four of its drives deep in Ed­mond Santa Fe ter­ri­tory, while the Wolves’ best start­ing field po­si­tion was its own 40.

Hansen, who started the game 10-of-15 for 87 yards, had to be car­ried off the field right be­fore half­time by the train­ing staff af­ter a Bro­ken Ar­row de­fender landed on his legs. He did not re­turn to the game.

Ed­mond Santa Fe se­nior tight end and de­fen­sive end Trace Ford fin­ished the night with five catches for 57 yards and a sack on de­fense. Ju­nior run­ning back Tyler Travis car­ried it 17 times for 43 yards and the Wolves’ lone touch­down on the night.

“We are hyped up for ev­ery game,” Cortes said. “We just need to stay hum­ble and know that we can beat any­one in the state.”


Ed­mond Santa Fe’s Trace Ford gets by Bro­ken Ar­row’s Aaron Stokes dur­ing Fri­day’s game at Ed­mond Santa Fe in Ed­mond. Bro­ken Ar­row won, 35-7.

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