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SULTANS PUNCH TICKET TO THE SHIP TO SET UP REMATCH IN TITLE TILT

2019 EAST COUNTY FOOTBALL

BY ADAM PAUL

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CIF DIVISION IV SEMI-FINALS

#1 SANTANA 35, #4 ORANGE GLEN 14

SANTEE (11-22-19) – For the third time in school history the Santana Sultans (11-1) will be heading to a championship game. All of their championship game trips have been this decade starting with 2011 when they played Valley Center and most recently in 2016 when they faced La Jolla Country Day.

On Friday night in front of a great home crowd, the Sultans showed why they were the top seed in Division IV as they had been all season long.

Santana on the night would rack up 374 yards of total offense against No. 4 Orange Glen (7-5) and on the defensive side of the ball limited the Patriots to only 227 yards of total offense.

For the Patriots, star running back Cael Patterson who came into the contest in the top ten all-time in CIF Section history in rushing with 5,408 which includes 2,496 this season. On the night he was limited to 126 yards on almost 30 carries and a touchdown.

The 126 yards were well below Patterson’s average for the season entering the game as he entered averaging almost 210 yards.

Patterson gained the majority of his yardage, 100 yards to be exact in the first half and after halftime was pretty much a non-factor as Coach Kelly the defensive coordinator made the necessary adjustments.

Keying the defense for the Sultans was Michael Richter who tallied 3 sacks on the night and added to his season total where he has a chance to break the single-season of 18 1/2 tallied by Jason Patterson back in 2011.

While the defense came up huge the offense really came alive, trailing 6-0 early the Sultans would take a 7-6 lead when quarterback Nate Temple launched a long bomb to Randy Smith, who caught it and scampered in for a 60-yard touchdown with a little over three minutes remaining in the first quarter.

Santana would lead by one point after the first quarter but in the second quarter were able to strike on multiple occasions.

Wideout Jared Forester hauled in a 23-yard touchdown pass after breaking numerous tackles which was set up by a 32-yard scamper via Brooks Moutaw which extended the lead 14-6. Moutaw would help figure into the Sultans second score of the second quarter when he zipped his way for a 46-yard run after hauling in a pass from Temple which was followed by a 16-yard touchdown catch by Dean Landers.

Santana would take a 21-6 lead into intermission.

Neither team early on in the third quarter was giving anything and went back and forth. But the Sultans would finally break through and tack onto their lead when Temple connected again with Landers this time from 18 yards out to make it 28-6.

Orange Glen would cut the Santana lead in half when DJ Harris would haul in a 38-yard pass to make it 28-14.

But the Sultans would squash any hope the Patriots had of making a comeback in the fourth quarter when Moutaw found the house on a 35-yard touchdown run to make it 35-14.

Moutaw on the night finished with 141 yards on 15 carries and the score.

Passing wise, Nathan Temple finished with 227 yards passing and four touchdowns and wasn’t intercepted.

With the victory, the Santana Sultans even their overall record in Semi-Final play to 3-3 and also tie the school record for most wins in a season with their eleventh.

Next week the top-seeded Santana Sultans will take on the #2 seed Serra Conquistadors a team they had previously beaten 35-14 in the second week of the season.

In that contest, Nathan Temple threw for 2 touchdowns and an interception as he passed for 210 yards. His main target that night was Randy Smith who caught 7 passes for 143 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Santana will be looking for its first-ever win in a CIF Championship as will the Serra Conquistadors who had never made it to a title contest prior to this season.

 

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