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SULTANS CRUISE TO BIG CELEBRATORY VICTORY

2019 EAST COUNTY FOOTBALL

BY ADAM PAUL

ECPREPS.COM

SANTANA 42, VINCENT MEMORIAL 0

SANTEE (9-27-19) – On a night when it was celebration time out at Santee Community Stadium as Alumni and friends gathered with current students to celebrate homecoming on Friday night the fireworks amazed the crowd at halftime.

Starting off the night in front of the huge homecoming crowd the Sultans unveiled their helmet tunnel among other things and proceeded to create their own fireworks show offensively against the visiting Scots of Vincent Memorial.

Santana would get on the board first when Nathan Temple found his favorite target Randy Smith for a 9-yard touchdown pass to make it 7-0. They would eventually score again when Brooks Moutaw punched it in from 1-yard out but the 2-point conversion failed so the score was 13-0 after the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the high powered offense of the Sultans took a little sputter as they only managed one score when Smith hauled in a 25-yard catch and dashed his way to the house and with the 2-point conversion it was now 21-0.

Vincent Memorial would have an opportunity just before halftime to answer with a score as they were able to move the ball down the field where they would end up at the 1-yard line. Looking like they would score the Scots fumbled the ball and the Sultans recovered to preserve the shutout at the half.

Santana would go onto score three touchdowns in the third quarter including a 46-yard catch by Nathan Hughes, 2 yard run by Temple and a 30-yard dash by Dawud Saddler.

Offensively Temple would finish with 210 yards passing on 14-18 and 3 touchdowns.

Receiving wise Hughes led with 100 yards and 4 catches along with a touchdown while his mate Smith caught 4 balls for 50 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Not only did the offense get in on the action but so did the defense as Nick Valentine who was crowned homecoming king had an interception, Hughes would lead all tacklers with 7 and also had an interception, and Cameron LaRiccia had 6 tackles.

Another note worth mentioning is that Nathan Temple with his 3 touchdown passes now has 21 on the season and as of right now moves into sixth on the All-Time records list for a season in the history of Santana football. Randy Smith who came into the game with 11 touchdown catches with his 2 on the night now had 13 which ties his career-high and also moves him into third on the list with his total of last season and also Jonathan Tippin from 2006.

With the win, the Sultans continue their best start since 2011 and move to 6-0 when they started 8-0 and would reach the Division IV title game.

Next week the Sultans open up Grossmont Valley League play on the road as they take on the Mount Miguel Matadors.

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