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CIF DIVISION IV QUARTERFINALS

BY ADAM PAUL

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#5 SANTANA 23, #4 MAR VISTA 6

For the eleventh time the Santana Sultans (7-5) faced the Mar Vista Mariners (7-4) and for the first time the Sultans would go down to Imperial Beach and come away with the victory.

The Sultans who were coming off their record-breaking victory last week that saw them tie or break or tie about 15 school, San Diego CIF Section and Grossmont Conference records looked to continue the momentum.

Mar Vista wasted no time on offense as they drove down the field and with 4:07 remaining in the first quarter would score on a Jacob Galeana 3-yard scamper to go up 6-0 early on as the extra point was no good. The Mariners score would be answered as the Sultans marched down the field and eventually Brooks Moutaw found paydirt to take a 7-6 lead.

Santana wouldn’t relinquish the lead the rest of the night as Nathan Temple who didn’t play the first time these two teams met was able to connect with multiple receivers on the night.

His top target Randy Smith hauled in 5 balls for 120 yards and while there were no records broken this week or any touchdowns he was able to help move the ball down the field putting the Sultans in scoring position.

PHOTO BY T. RYAN PHOTOGRAPHY

The big blow of the evening by the Sultans came in the second quarter when the defense forced the Mariners to punt away. With Chaz Baker ready to receive the punt the Mariners got it off and Baker fielded it at their own 43-yard line where he zipped and zagged his way through the Mariners special teams all the way to the house for a 57-yard score to put the Sultans up 14-6.

The lead for Santana would eventually reach to double digits when Colton Snipes booted a 34-yard field goal with 4:21 remaining in the third quarter to extend the lead 17-6.

Santana would tack on another touchdown with a few seconds remaining in the contest when Temple called his own number and punched it in to make it 23-6.

Defensively the Sultans held the Mariners to 207 yards of total offense which was a big difference from the previous encounter when they had over 400 yards.

PHOTO BY T. RYAN PHOTOGRAPHY

Despite no records broken this week Santana was able to put up 271 yards of total offense led by Temple who threw for 140 yards and on the ground Moutaw ran for 77 yards and the score.

It was the first time in the series that has now played out over 11 games that the Sultans won on the home turf of the Mariners. They now lead the series 6-5.

“The kids played great and fought all four quarters. Last time we played them we led at the half and they came back to beat us. That is what we told the kids at the half and the kids responded. The defense played 3 quarters without them scoring and we got a few turnovers.” Said Santana Football Head Coach Estes talking about the team’s effort on the evening.

With the victory, the Sultans move into the semi-finals for the second time in three years and the third time in the 53 years of the school’s existence. In 2011 they hosted the Coronado Islanders and won an epic 28-26 game but lost in the Division IV Championship 20-14 to Valley Center, in 2016 they beat the host Monte Vista Monarchs 35-32 and lose the Division IV Championship to La Jolla Country Day 38-24.

Next week the Sultans will travel to take on the top-seeded San Diego Cavers at historic Balboa Stadium.

 

 

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