Williams making his own name

Edmond Santa Fe and Southmoore was full of top talent. Here's some of 'em.

Edmond Santa Fe 34, Moore Southmoore 28

A lot of talk for Edmond Santa Fe is about 2016 quarterback Keaton Torre. Expected to be one of the top quarterbacks in the state, it has been an admitted rough start for Torre.

But the other part of that 2016 package has delivered and then some. Running back Darran Williams had to split carries last season but started to emerge as a name to watch later in the year.

He’s not in the watch list now, he has arrived. In his latest effort, Williams had 40 carries for 256 yards and two more touchdowns in a tough win against Southmoore.

“I’m not bigger, but I’m a lot stronger right now,” Williams said. “I’m getting more reps and getting into a rhythm.”

That’s clear to see that Williams is one of those backs who only gets stronger as the game wears on. He did the bulk of his damage in the second half though even Williams wasn’t sure if he could handle a 40-carry night.

Williams had a solid camp outing at Oklahoma, but it’s Bedlam rival Oklahoma State showing the most interest right now. Williams made an unofficial visit to Stillwater two weeks ago and hopes to be back once again. The Sooners remain on his mind, too.

“I’m waiting on OU,” Williams said. “I’m just going to keep working hard and seeing what happens.”

Williams said Utah and Indiana are also schools showing a lot of interest.

Thoughts and observations

*Big night for Southmoore quarterback Casey Thompson. A freshman and younger brother of Kendal Thompson, Casey was 13-of-22 for 171 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions and a rushing touchdown. He didn’t make any throws, but it’s pretty clear he’s not afraid of the moment as just a freshman.

*It’s a youth movement with Southmoore as 2017 prospects Quindon Lewis and Gervarrious Owens both lived up to expectations. Lewis, the only four-star prospect in the state in the class right now, had a 62-yard touchdown reception and caught a two-point conversion.

Owens had several tackles, including two for loss. Southmoore couldn’t stop Santa Fe’s rushing attack, but it had Torre and the passing attack well contained. They limited the Wolves to just 71 passing yards.

*Santa Fe offensive lineman J.R. Hensley might be ready to get that first offer. Showing a more physical side to his game, Santa Fe coach Lance Manning said Hensley has made that leap necessary. Hensley said he expects to take a visit to Memphis pretty soon, while schools like Ohio and Kansas State remain in the conversation as well.

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