Hansen, Cornwell deliver as promised

It was billed as a meeting of the two best quarterbacks in the state, and David Cornwell and Justice Hansen didn't disappoint during Thursday's scrimmage.

There was a different buzz Thursday night for the scrimmage between Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe and Norman (Okla.) North.

With two Scout 300 quarterbacks competing, everybody was hoping for fireworks between Edmond Santa Fe's Justice Hansen, an Oklahoma commit, and Norman North's David Cornwell, an Alabama pledge.

Both delivered in Edmond Santa Fe's scrimmage victory as each had their highlight moment.

Cornwell unofficially finished the night 14 of 26 for 173 yards and a touchdown. The score came on the best play of the night as Cornwell stepped up to avoid pressure, rolled out to his right and threw a strike for a 51-yard touchdown.

"That kid's frustrating to defend," Edmond Santa Fe coach Lance Manning said. "His release, the velocity he has on his throws, how accurate he is. He's good, and it was frustrating."

Not to be outdone, Hansen threw a 49-yard touchdown pass of his own and punctuated his night with a 65-yard touchdown run that saw him get outside and stiff arm a defender before coasting into the end zone.

"I have a lot of respect for him and congratulated him," Cornwell said. "He did a good job. He's another D1 guy."

Cornwell suffered a minor scare when he rolled his ankle toward the end of the first half of the scrimmage. He didn't play the second half but said don't read too much into it.

"The ankle is fine," Cornwell said. "I will be ready in two days. It was like a basketball play where I was up on one foot and came back down and rolled it. I didn't tape my ankles, but I'll be taping them from now on."

Hansen only played three series. He entered the scrimmage with a tweaked hamstring but still wanted to get some work in.

"We've never had a team come together as early as we did tonight," Hansen said. "It was great to go up against David, but we know it's going to be about a lot more than just us this season for our teams to be successful."

Edmond Santa Fe and Norman North are both expected to contend for the Oklahoma Class 6A championship. The teams will not meet during the regular season. Cornwell is ranked No. 93 in the Scout 300, while Hansen is No. 256.


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