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SAN DIEGO CAVERS RUN TO VICTORY OVER THE SULTANS

2018 EASTCOUNTY PREP FOOTBALL

BY ADAM PAUL

CIF DIVISION IV SEMI-FINALS

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#1 SAN DIEGO 41, #5 SANTANA 20

In front of a pretty decent crowd at a historical venue of Balboa Stadium which has seen its share of big events such as when the San Diego Chargers defeated the Boston Patriots 63-10 in the 1963 AFL Championship or in 1964 the Beatles came and played.

On this night the Santana Sultans who for the second time in three years reaching the semi-finals had thoughts of adding to the history. However, the San Diego Cavers who were looking to reach the CIF Division IV Championship game for the second year in a row had other ideas.

MO JACKSON RUNNING / PHOTO COURTESY OF T. RYAN PHOTOGRAPHY

The Cavers who last season finished 12-1 and lost 71-48 to Monte Vista in the championship game were able to strike first on the night. Right away the running game of the Cavers had their way as they moved down the field and eventually score to make it 6-0 on a Raiden Hunter 62-yard scamper.

San Diego who would stifle the Sultans would get the ball back would score on a 50-yard pass by Quinn O’Conner that was misplayed and deflected into Daniel Thomas’s hands to extend their lead 13-0. The Sultans would finally get the offense going and move the ball downfield where they would score on an 8-yard keeper by Nathan Temple to make it 13-7.

COLTON SNIPES WITH THE BALL / PHOTO COURTESY OF T. RYAN PHOTOGRAPHY

The Cavers would eventually score a couple more times in the first half to lead 27-7 at intermission.

The Sultans to start the second half pulled a little trickery as they attempted an onside kick which surprised the Cavers and the Sultans recovered it. With the ball back in excellent field position, the Sultans were in business as they moved the ball down the field to eventually score on a Temple 12-yard scoring strike to Randy Smith pull within 27-14.

Defensively in the third quarter, the Sultans stepped up and limited the Cavers and actually forced a fumble in which they recovered but unfortunately couldn’t take advantage on offense.

San Diego would score a couple more times to put the game out of reach but Temple would strike again as he threw another 12-yard strike to make it a two-score contest at 34-20.

PHOTO COURTESY OF T. RYAN PHOTOGRAPHY

On the night the Cavers rushed for 478 yards which included 133 yards by Hunter and 97 yards by Jayden Wickware. However, the big night on the ground for the Cavers belonged to sophomore Mo Jackson rushing for 191 yards.

San Diego who came into the game averaging 263 yards on the ground had that many at the intermission in which they led by almost three scores.

For the Sultans, Temple on the night finished 16-of-25 for 205 yards.

With the win, the Cavers have now won 9 straight and will next week face their rival the Kearny Komets whom they defeated 21-13 to win the league title.

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