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Photo by Liz Alper


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August 18, 2018 (Santee) – It’s finally back.  You’ve waited all winter, spring, and summer for it.  ECM Friday Night Lights has returned and it’s back and better than ever.  Our first stop is to Santana High, where we also got our first glimpse of not only the 2018 Sultans but also of the Red Hawks, who made the journey in from Mountain Empire High School in Pine Valley.


The first quarter was scoreless between the two teams, but the Sultans threatened towards the end of the quarter and finally six seconds into the second, junior quarterback Nathan Temple punched it in himself for a Sultan touchdown.  A few plays later, Temple pitched a short pass to junior wideout Randall Smith and the Sultans upped their lead to two touchdowns to lead 14-0.  Temple and Smith connected one more time before the half was out on Temple’s line drive pass to a wide-open Smith in the end zone and Santana was able to push the lead at the half, 21-0.

Midway through the third quarter, the Sultans who were stopped on the first three downs and facing a fourth went for it on fourth down and were able to take advantage and convert as Temple’s pass was complete to give the Sultans a fresh set of downs.  Santana later on the drive was able to cash in as junior running back Brooks Moutaw charged into the end zone from the 26-yard line for another Sultans score to go up 28-0.  Senior Ian Litten, later on, ran it in at the goal line for another Santana touchdown with two minutes left to get the Sultans to the fourth up 35-0.

Mountain Empire finally got on the board at the start of the fourth quarter with senior Estaban Castillo’s run to make it 35-7, but senior Colton Snipes took it all the way downfield from the 24-yard line for a 76-yard score and to make it a four-score game again to which the Sultans carried  to the end for a great start to the season, winning 42-7 on their home field.


On the evening for the Sultans, Temple through the air finished with 146 passing yards on 16 of 26 passing and also had 3 touchdown passes. Besides having a 76-yard TD catch, Snipes also kicked 6 extra points.

UP NEXT: Mountain Empire will stay home next week to host San Ysidro High.  Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. while the Sultans will take a break from East County and host Serra High at Santee Community stadium with a kickoff slated for 7 p.m.















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