EC Preps



By Adam Paul

El Centro – The Santana Sultans took the long bus ride down to the Valley to take on one of the top teams in Division V in Vincent Memorial.

What they didn’t count on was to get into a shootout with the Scots. In the end it was the Sultans prevailing and coming back to Santee a bunch of happy campers.

In the first quarter the Sultans scored first as senior quarterback Josh Oedewaldt threw a 56 yard touchdown strike to Davon Chestnut. They would take a 14-0 lead as Brooks Moutaw only a sophomore would show his skills as he scored the first of four touchdowns.

Unfortunately the defense of the Sultans couldn’t hold the Scots offense as they were able to score twice and tie the game at 14-14 in the first quarter. The Sultans in the second quarter would get a 34-yard scamper from Moutaw but would trail at the break 21-20.

The second half starting in the third quarter was when the offensive fireworks started as again the Moutaw show came up on three occasions in the third quarter as Santana scored 23 points to take a 43-29 lead. However once again the Scots wouldn’t go away without a fight as they were able to produce a couple touchdowns in the fourth quarter to knot the game at 43-43 with about four minutes in the contest.

Santana would have another opportunity as they made some key stops on the defensive side of the ball and also on a long third down they were able to convert which set them up. With the game clock with 23 seconds, Oedewaldt decided to keep it himself and was able to sneak it in for the touchdown behind his line.

SCORE: Santana 50, Vincent Memorial 43

RECORDS: Santana (3-2), Vincent Memorial (4-1)

PIVATOL MOMENT: The key stops by the Sultans defense and the ability to convert on the third and long which set up for the game winning score.

QUOTABLES I: “We played all four quarters tonight as we face a lot of adversity and didn’t give up and came back to win.” Said Sultans head coach Tim Estes.

QUOTABLES II: “I think they can legitimately win the CIF Division V Championship.” “I really don’t see anyone beating them in their Division.” Said Sultans coach Tim Estes.

QUOTABLES III: “It was a wild and crazy game as it went back forth the entire time and I am sure the fans in the stands enjoyed it.” said Sultans coach Tim Estes when asked about the game itself.

NOTES: Moutaw made his varsity debut at running back and in grand fashion scored four touchdowns in a game which ties him for second in school history. Moutaw is the latest in the line of the Moutaw clan to play varsity sports at Santana. His four scores and 170 yards on the night earned him pizza man of the week. Chestnut for the Sultans scored touchdowns via receiving and also a pick six.

On the defensive side, Landon Wood tallied 17 tackles, a quarterback sack and also a loose ball after Brayden Nieto got his big paws up and blocked a field goal.



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