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SANTEE (11-15-19) – On Friday night in front of a packed house the Santana Sultans (10-1) were able to pull away after a tight first half of play.

Leading 21-14 at half time the Sultans would extend their lead to 27-14 when Randy Smith hauled in a 7-yard touchdown pass from Nathan Temple. With his catch, Smith was able to extend his career touchdown record to 33 as he had already previously broken the school career record of 27 set by John Fields from 1997-1999.

Santana would then come up big on the defensive side of the ball when Nathan Hughes stepped in front of an Escondido pass and picked it off and raced all the way to the house for a 48-yard score to make it 33-14.

Earlier in the game the Sultans would lead 7-0 when Brooks Moutaw took the handoff and raced in from 24-yards out but the Cougars would come back with a score but the kick failed which made it 7-6. Both squads would trade scores, Sophomore Ethan Wright for Santana would haul in an 11-yard pass while Escondido would get theirs on a 2-yard score and the 2-point conversion would be successful tying the score at 14-14.

Later in the game in the fourth quarter the Sultans would add another score when Dawud Saddler found the end zone to make it 40-14.

Escondido would score two more times in the fourth quarter but it wasn’t enough.

Besides Hughes, Michael Richter made his presence known on the defensive side of the ball as he racked up 10 tackles. He not only had double-digit tackles he caused a fumble and sacked the quarterback twice which gives him 14.5 on the season and puts him second all-time for a single season in school history. He only trails the 18.5 that Jason Patterson accumulated back in 2011.

Nathan Temple finished with 185 yards and 2 touchdowns while Moutaw ran for 108 yards and two scores.

Jared Forster led all receivers with 7 catches for 117 yards while Randall Smith caught 5 balls for 57 yards and a TD. With his 5 catches he currently has 130 career catches which is only one behind Michael Bass for second all-time in school history.

Santana with the win will move onto the Semi-Finals where they will take on Orange Glen for only the third time in school history. The series is currently even at 1-1 with Orange Glen winning 20-0 in 1967 in a game played at Helix High School and the next year the Sultans won 7-6 in a game played at Monte Vista High School in 1968.

It will also be the sixth time in school history that the Sultans will play in the Semi-Finals. Santana previously made the semis in 1999, 2006, 2011, 1016 and 2018. Their current overall record in Semi-Finals is 2-3.

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