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Meeting for the first time since the 2016 Division IV CIF Championship game in which the Torrey’s claimed the victory that day 38-24 behind Braxton Burmeister so there was some factor of revenge for the Sultans.

However, the biggest thing in the game was whether or not the scoreboard operator could keep up with all the scoring in the contest.

Not only did the scoring jump but also records would fall on the night which would include school and also records etched into the San Diego CIF SECTION record book. On the night 14 records overall would be broken or tied.

One of the big records to fall was DJ Busch’s 517 passing yards against Patrick Henry back in 1999.  On the night Nathan Temple passed for 532 yards.

DJ Busch’s 6 touchdown passes against El Capitan in 1999.  Temple against the Torreys threw 7 touchdowns which also tied the East County record along with Lon Sheriff of West Hills who did it against Valhalla in 1996, Abraham Muheize of El Cajon Valley against Castle Park in 2005 and Tanner Rust of El Capitan against Santana back in 2007.

Collin Taylor’s 547 yards of total off against Grossmont in 2006. Temple on the night would tally 562 total yards of offense to set the new record.

Chris Mazzi’s 274 pass receiving yards against Patrick Henry in 1999 which Smith would rack up 335 yards on the night against La Jolla Country Day and is second in CIF SAN DIEGO SECTION history and also a new East County Record-breaking the 326 by A.J. Conti of El Capitan in 2006 against Saint Augustine.

Larry Forster 4 touchdown receptions against El Cajon Valley in 1968 and Jonathan Tippin’s 4 touchdown catches against Patrick Henry in 2006. Smith caught 5 touchdown passes on the night and set a new East County Record previously held by the aforementioned Forester, Larry Olson of Grossmont in 1971, Mike Ortega of Granite Hills in 1971, Allan Durden of Helix in the 1980 CIF Finals against Mount Miguel among others.

Bobby Wallace’s 30 points against Central Union in 2015. Smith broke the record by scoring 35 points.

As a team, the Sultans would rack up 764 total offensive yards which eclipses the 591 yards set against Mount Miguel in 2016. The 764 totals yards of offense is also second in CIF Section history behind the 784 yards by Rancho Bernardo against West Hills in 1999. By the way that Rancho Bernardo team was coached by current Monte Vista head coach Ron Hamamoto. Santana on the night broke the record for points in a game which had been 70 against Grand Praire of Canada in 2011. The 76 points also set a Grossmont Conference record which broke the 75 points the Grossmont Foothillers put up against Hilltop in 2014.

The combined score of both teams which tallied 131 points set a new record for 11-man football and is the third most in CIF SECTION history.

Sultans receiver catches a pass

Coach Romero w/Randy Smith

Randy Smith who hauled in 13 balls tied the school record set by Michael Bass in 1998 against USDHS.

Team-wise the 517 yards against Patrick Henry in 1999 would be broken as well with the 532 yards which also is a new Grossmont Conference record and is fourth all-time in San Diego CIF Section history. The previous Grossmont Conference record was 509 yards by Grossmont against Valhalla in 2013.

Santana also tied the school record for most extra points made in a game with 8 and also the combined yardage of 1,387 set a new CIF SECTION RECORD as well breaking the previous record 1,372 of Oceanside and San Marcos from week 3 of this season.

All in all the Sultans broke or tied 15 school and CIF SAN DIEGO SECTION RECORDS on the night.

If you were in attendance you got your monies worth as the Sultans would take a 13-0 lead in the first quarter thanks to a 4-yard catch by Smith from Temple and a Brooks Moutaw short run but the extra point was blocked.

Things would get interesting in the second quarter as La Jolla Country Day would roar back and actually take a 14-13 lead on a halfback pass for 25 yards.

Santana would eventually take a 21-14 lead as Chaz Baker caught a 59-yard pass from Temple and a 2-point conversion. However, LJCD would tie the game on a 4-yard pass.


The Sultans would lead 35-21 at the break thanks to Jared Forster who hauled in a 5-yard pass with a couple minutes remaining in the half. On the night he had 3 catches

Eventually, in the second half in the third quarter, the Sultans would extend their lead 48-21 but the Torreys would counter to make it 48-28. With a little over 9 minutes remaining in the game, the Torreys pulled within 55-41.

Later on with about 2:44 Ian Litten would find his to the house on a 6-yarder to make it 76-48.

Next week the Sultans will travel down to Imperial Beach for a rematch with #4 seeded Mar Vista who already claim a 27-13 victory over Santana on the season.

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