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SULTANS WIN ALL FACETS TO COME AWAY WITH VICTORY

2018 EASTCOUNTY PREP FOOTBALL

BY ADAM PAUL

ECPREPS.COM

SANTANA 31, VINCENT MEMORIAL 16

SANTEE – Last season when these two teams met down in the Valley they combined for 93 points in a Santana 50-43 victory over the Scots. The Scots would go onto win the CIF Division V Championship and unfortunately, lose in the State Title contest.

Moving forward to this season all the experts predicted either another shootout or a low scoring affair. Both teams graduated a lot of players from last season so it was expected to be another great matchup.

SANTANA SULTANS FOX 5 SPORTS BLITZ / PHOTO COURTESY OF LUKE PHILLIPS – SANTANA ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

Besides the game for the Sultans (4-1), there were other components to game day as the game was selected as part of the KUSI PREP PIGSKIN REPORT and it’s DINE N DASH SEGMENT in which everyone would gather at the local Wings N’Things after the game to watch the Prep Pigskin Report and be featured on television. The other component was the fact that local Fox affiliate FOX 5 selected the game to be part of their Prep Sports Blitz which would feature a small early AM Prep Rally in the gym featuring the band, cheerleaders, football team, ASB and a merry band of students to be featured on the morning news.

After all the pep rally celebration in the morning which made for a long day, it was finally time for game action.

RANDALL SMITH RUNNING DOWNFIELD

Electing to defer to the second half the Sultans would kick off to the Scots and give them first crack. It was a wise decision as the Sultans thanks to Jacob Peterson who would step in front of a Scots pass and pick it off giving them excellent field position. Santana would work their way into Scot territory all the way down to the 6-yard line when Sean Iverson would find Chaz Baker for a 23-yard hookup and score with 9:02 in the first quarter to make it 7-0.

Leading 7-0 the defense for the Sultans would come up with a stop and force the Scots to punt. This time on offense they would make their way to the 15-yard line where they would stall and be forced to kick a field goal. Trotting out to kick a 33-yard field goal, Colton Snipes would boot it through the uprights to give Santana a 10-0 lead with just over a minute remaining in the first quarter.

Moving to the second quarter with the score still 10-0 in favor of the Sultans, both teams would go back and forth. That was until Vincent Memorial had the ball and Snipes would step in front of the pass and return it to the house for the pick-6 to give the Sultans a 17-0 lead. Later in the quarter, Santana would extend their lead when Brooks Moutaw took the handoff and zipped his way through the Scots defense for a 30-yard touchdown to make it 24-0 which would stand at the break.

Since they elected to receive the second half kickoff the Sultans were in good shape with a nice lead and were about to get the ball. The Sultans offense was able to move down the field to the 20-yard line where Iverson found Moutaw on a pass reception in which he zagged his way for the score to make it 31-0.

With a sizeable lead, the Sultans looked like they were in good shape but things would get interesting in the fourth quarter as Vincent Memorial would score sixteen unanswered points to pull within 31-16 with time left on the clock to make a possible comeback.

The Sultans would get the ball back and make their way into Vincent Memorial territory where the drive would stall at fourth and 1 with 2:53 remaining. Now a big decision had to be made to whether or not kick a 33-yard field goal and extend the lead or go for it and possibly be stopped.

With the decision to be made Sultans head coach Tim Estes called a timeout as the staff didn’t like the way they were lined up.

After the timeout, the Sultans would trot out to try and get the first down. They would get it as the running back was untouched for the yards needed to put the game away. Santana would then run out the rest of the clock to preserve the victory.

“The mentality was to get the 1 yard the whole entire time and the reason why we called the timeout was that we didn’t line up properly and I wanted to adjust.” Santana coach Tim Estes said. “The guys played hard and came up big when Vincent Memorial had gained momentum.”

Iverson the converted quarterback who took over for when Nathan Temple went out with an injury completed 5-of-9 passes for 69 yards and two touchdowns.

On the night the Sultans ran for 132 yards as a team led by Peterson who tallied 67 yards on 17 carries and Moutaw who tallied 58 yards on 11 carries with the 30-yard score.

Colton Snipes who is one of the best all-around players in the county did quite a bit in the victory from making a couple of interceptions to returning one for a score, kicking 4-of-4 PATS and a 32-yard field goal to making 5 tackles on defense.

Leading the Sultans on the defensive side was Peterson who is a junior who had 8 tackles.

With the victory, the Sultans match last years win total when they finished 4-7.

Next week the Sultans take on Mar Vista in a very important Division IV game as that will partially determine the favorites as both are considered along with Kearny, San Diego, and Coronado.

 

 

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