EC Preps






PINE VALLEY (8-23-19) – The Santana Sultans (1-0) on Friday night traveled out to the far east to take on the Mountain Empire Redhawks (0-1) and would come away with the lopsided victory.

The Sultans would set the tone with an opening drive score that included Nathan Temple running for 29 yards on the first play. This would set up Brooks Moutaw who took the handoff and scamper his way into the end zone for a 26-yard score to make it 7-0.

Not to be left out, Randy Smith who last year set some records in the wild playoff win against LJCD hauled in a 5-yard pass from Temple to make it 14-0. Later on, the Sultans extended their lead even further when Jared Forster would score from 5 yards out to make it 20-0.

After another score by the Sultans, it was time for another Sultan to get in on the scoring act as Dawud Sadler would take the handoff and race all the way to the end zone for the 58-yard score to make it 34-0 and the fifth Santana score of the game. They would eventually lead at the break 48-0.

With the game in hand, Santana head coach Tim Estes took out the starters and put in the backups to go along with the running clock that was used in the second half. With the backups in the Redhawks took advantage and would find their way into the end zone twice.

For his efforts in the short stint, Temple threw for three scores and 80 yards on 6-of-7 passing and no interceptions.

Smith on the night hauled in 3 catches for 2 touchdowns and 39 yards while Forster caught a touchdown for 24-yards. Also contributing for Santana was Dean Landers who caught 2 passes for 17 yards on the night.

As a team the Sultans ran the ball for 216 yards on 14 carries for the night led by Saddler with his 78 yards on two attempts and a touchdown, Moutaw who carries the bulk ran for 46 yards on 3 carries and a score.

Next week the Sultans will travel inland to take on Division IV foe and the other favorite in the Division the Serra Conquistadors or Q-DAWGS. Last season when these two teams met in Santee in week 2 the Sultans prevailed 24-22 as Serra missed a last-second field goal.


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