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Edmond Santa Fe to rely on defense, but Wolves won't be lacking on offense

Play of linebackers will set the tone defensively for the Wolves.

By Ross Lovelace 

Over the next few weeks, SBLive Oklahoma will break down high school football teams from the four largest classifications in the state in anticipation of the upcoming 2022 season. Here's our look at the Edmond Santa Fe Wolves.

HEAD COACH

Kyle White

RETURNING STARTERS

3 offense, many on defense

2021 AT A GLANCE

Overall record: 6-5

League record: 5-2, 3rd in District 6AI-1

Playoffs: Lost in the 6AI quarterfinals, 37-17, to Mustang

PLAYERS TO WATCH

LB Chris Fitzpatrick, 6-0, 220, Sr.

Fitzpatrick will be the leader for this Santa Fe team, setting the tone on defense every game. A season ago, the linebacker dominated on the field, tallying 127 tackles and four tackles for loss.

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He has a rare combination of speed and size at the linebacker position, giving him plenty of opportunities to play at the next level already. Fitzpatrick has already received offers from Central Oklahoma and East Central, among others.

OL Jon Ashford, 6-5, 300, Sr.

Ashford will lead the offensive line this season for the Wolves and is expected to have a big year. The anchor upfront holds multiple Division I offers and is committed to Air Force.

He has the ideal size for a college lineman and should be a cheat code for Santa Fe this season. Expect Ashford to open up big gaps for one of the best rising running backs in the state, Demarius Robinson.

RB Demarius Robinson, 5-9, 165, So.

Robinson is turning into one of the most underrated players in the state. Just a sophomore, he broke onto the scene as a freshman in a huge way last season, showing out for 1,482 yards on the ground and 17 touchdowns.

Considering the offensive attack contained a five-star talent at wide receiver, Robinson’s production is even more impressive.

OUTLOOK

Edmond Santa Fe is going to look a lot different this season, specifically on the offensive side of the ball. The Wolves have to replace one of the most sought-after recruits in program history after five-star wide receiver Talyn Shettron graduated and is suiting up at Oklahoma State.

This team, however, seems to have a unique combination of young players ready for bigger roles and experienced veterans.

Even with the talented Shettron in the fold last season, Demarius Robinson was still able to find nearly 1,500 yards on the ground and 17 touchdowns as a freshman. Somehow, the sophomore is still flying under the radar and seems poised to break out in a big way this year. His speed should open up quite a bit for the Wolves' offense.

The defense has the potential to be a real strength of this team behind the linebacker play. Both Chris Fitzpatrick and Isaiah Fields are talented enough to play football at the next level and should lead this group in the fall.

COACH SAID

"We have some experience coming back on the defensive side of the ball. That should help carry us. We have experience on the offensive line and running back coming back, which should lead to a productive running game. Overall, we’ll have a young offense." - Kyle White