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SULTANS BALANCE VICTORY OVER CHIEFTAINS

2018 EASTCOUNTY PREP FOOTBALL

BY ADAM PAUL

ECPREPS.COM

SANTANA 28, CLAIREMONT 7

SAN DIEGO – In a contest that many figured would be an easy Sultans victory as the Chieftains (0-4) only had 21 players on the roster,  the victory came a little harder than many would prefer but in the end, the scoreboard went in favor of the Sultans.

The Sultans (3-1) came into the contest once again without starting quarterback Nathan Temple who was injured a couple weeks against the Serra Conquistadors and had to rely on Sean Iverson at the quarterback position.

Things looked good early on for the Sultans as they were able to march down the field to start and would finish with a 21-yard catch and score by Randy Smith from Iverson to make it 7-0. Both teams would go back and forth and hold each other scoreless until the Sultans once again seconds into the second quarter would put points on the board. Once again Iverson would throw another touchdown, this time he would find Chaz Baker for 26-yards to put Santana up 14-0.

Clairemont who struggled on the offensive side finally was able to put together a drive a few minutes later as Donovan Fitzgerald was able to scramble his way through the Sultans defense all the way for the 37-yard score to cut the deficit to 14-7 which would be the score at intermission.

Things would slow down in the third quarter as both teams traded possession for the majority of the quarter. Santana, however, would stretch their slim lead as Brooks Moutaw who finished with 95 yards on the night found a hole and scampered his way for a 31-yard touchdown to make it 21-7.

Santana would add their final score in the fourth quarter when Iverson hooked up with Smith again this time for 19 yards to make it 28-7.

Offensively the Sultans put up 301 yards of total offense which included 222 yards on the ground. They held the Chieftains to only 154 yards of total offense.

Passing wise, Iverson finished with 79 yards on 7 of 8 with 3 touchdowns and Smith caught 2 balls for 40 yards and 2 touchdowns while Baker caught 2 passes for 26 yards and the score.

The defense came up big for Santana as they limited the Chieftains to only 154 yards. Led by Colton Snipes who tallied 9 tackles and Michael Richter and Jacob Peterson who each had 8 tackles.

Next up for Santana is a home game with Vincent Memorial whom the Sultans defeated last year down in the desert in a 50-43 shootout.

 

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