The Santana Sultans didn't get on the scoreboard until the final play of the first quarter, but they turned on the jets after that, pulling away for a 45-14 win over the El Cajon Valley Braves.
It was homecoming night at El Cajon Valley, with linebacker/guard Omar Garcia and Ana Garate being named king and queen. And on the field, the Braves actually opened the scoring, with Luis Morales bursting 55 yards the the end zone for a 8-0 lead.
Bobby Wallace answered for the Sultans, scampering 17 yards to get his squad on the board. A two-point conversion left the sides knotted at eight after the opening twelve minutes.
Wallace kept the train rolling in the second, punching in a 2-yard score to cap off an 8--yard drive. A Timmy Tischer field goal made it 18-8 Santana at the half.
In the third period, Wallace took to the air, taking a handoff and then passing to a wide-open Anders Tolhurst for a 23-yard touchdown. Brock Ellis followed that up with a 2-yard plunge of his own, as the Sultans took control.
Wallace completed the touchdown hat trick in the fourth, as he caught a screen pass from Josh Oedewaldt and rambled 41 yards down the sideline -- giving him touchdowns via the run, the pass, and the catch.
Next week, El Cajon Valley closes out the regular season by welcoming Granite Hills. Santana returns home to face Mount Miguel.
PREVIEW: This Friday, the Small School Game of the Week invades Stephanie Kelly's domain in the East County, for a Grossmont Valley matchup between the Santana Sultans (5-3) and the El Cajon Valley Braves (5-3).
Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. The intrepid Red Jacket crew will be live from Madison Avenue with extensive pregame coverage during the PrePR and full highlights after the game.
The Sultans have won the previous six skirmishes between these squads, and they bring a balanced attack to this year's encounter.
Junior quarterback Josh Oedewaldt has thrown for 1629 yards and 23 touchdowns, with only 6 interceptions. If he's putting the ball in the air, it's almost certainly headed toward his trio of senior receivers: Anders Tolhurst (41 rec, 505 yds, 8 TD), Brock Ellis (25, 441, 6), and Aidan Rasmussen (34, 548, 6). Those three have accounted for 86% of the team's catches and receiving yards.
While the Sultans have thrown the ball 201 times, they've kept it on the ground 209 times. Senior Bobby Wallace leads the backfield, turning 126 carries into 827 yards and 14 scores.
Domenic Dehoyos spearheads the defense from his defensive end position, where he's compiled 55 tackles and 4 sacks -- both team highs.
Dehoyos will spend most of his night in hot pursuit of Braves senior Tyson Smith. And Smith will spend his night doing just about everything for the Braves.
Smith takes the snaps for El Cajon Valley, and he's passed 38 times for 458 yards and 5 scores. But 156 times, he's toted the rock himself, piling up 1365 yards (good for an eye-popping 8.8 yards a pop) and 16 touchdowns. In his spare time, he's managed to rack up 50 tackles and 3 interceptions as a free safety, while also serving as the Braves' punter.
When Smith hands off, he usually gives it to junior Maquel Garner, who has 95 carries for 505 yards and 5 trips to the end zone. And his most frequent passing target is senior Luis Morales, with 9 catches for 281 yards and 3 scores.
Joining Smith on defense are senior linebackers Faamama Lauifi and Omar Garcia, with 87 and 62 tackles, respectively.
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