By Robert Medley
A former Yukon High School quarterback and Yukon native is part of the coaching staff at Edmond Santa Fe High School that has a chance to bring home a 6A football state title to the western part of the state on Saturday.
Roger Pfeiffer, 47, quarterbacked the Yukon Millers for three years before he graduated in 1992.
After playing football at Oklahoma State University, he has coached at Edmond Santa Fe for 20 years.
In 2003, The Wolves lost to Jenks High School for the state championship. That year, Pfeiffer’s son Scott Pfeiffer was just 8 weeks-old, and bundled up with mom Shannon on the sidelines. Edmond Santa Fe fell to Jenks that day, 17-10.
At 1 p.m Saturday, Dec. 5, at the University of Central Oklahoma’s Wantland Stadium in Edmond, Scott Pfieffer, now a junior, will be the starting quarterback of the Wolves against Jenks, and his dad is the Wolves’ quarterbacks’ coach.
“Coaching Scott has brought us closer together. I had to take a backseat and quit being dad, and to be honest with you it has been a dream come true to see him compete and grow into a man,” Roger Pfeiffer said.
“My wife Shannon has played a huge part in this. Shannon makes sure when we are on the field it is all about football, and at home it is about family life.”
The Wolves are going into the championship game with a 10-2 record. They lost their opener at Owasso, the defending state champions. That day, several turnovers hurt the Wolves.
“They jumped on us early. We had a lot of young kids, a lot of young starters. We knew the first two games were going to be extremely tough. It was just a matter of getting experience,” Pfeiffer said.
He said the team had a motto this year, “Play 13,” the 13th game being the state championship game.
He said the team did not get rattled after losing their first two games, and then they reeled off 10 straight wins, in 6A District 1.
“To win a state championship you have to get better each week and go through the process of getting better each week,” Pfeiffer said.
The Wolves also lost their second game of their season to Stillwater, 42-32.
Pfeiffer was a three-year starter in Yukon in the early 1990s. Those were the days the school was in Class 5A. He was raised in Yukon after his family moved to town when he was in first grade.
He remembers having a competitive team in Yukon, despite not many wins. He broke his leg in the first game his senior year, against Mustang. “It was emotional pain not being able to finish out the year with your friends,” he said.
He was recruited at OSU and played 1992-1997 as a quarterback, who was injured and then ended up playing tight end.
This year, Jenks and Edmond Santa Fe were supposed to play during the regular season, but the game was canceled due to Jenks players being affected by COVID-19.
Pfeiffer is in his 20th year at Edmond Santa Fe and also teaches world history, Oklahoma history and psychology at the high school.
There has not been a state champion in the largest class of high school football teams from the west side of the state since 1995, when Midwest City won the title.
About the game Saturday, Pfeiffer said about the teams, “I think we’re both evenly matched, with two good football teams, it is going to be won or lost in the trenches,” Pfeiffer said.
Scott Pfeiffer has thrown for 2,300 yards, has had 29 touchdowns, 7 interceptions, and a 68% completion rate.
Edmond Santa Fe beat Tulsa Union 21-14 for the first time Saturday, Nov. 28 to reach the final game. Jenks beat Owasso Friday, Nov. 27, 39-15.