Silver Pigskin Finalist Braxton Burmeister leads the #5 La Jolla Country Day Torreys (10-3) against the #3 Santana Sultans (8-4) in the Division IV championship, set for 3 p.m. on Friday at Southwestern College.
Both squads overcame second-half deficits to make it to the final. Santana got a go-ahead touchdown pass from Josh Oedewaldt to Brock Ellis with just 1:09 left on the clock, to give them a 35-32 win over Monte Vista. And on the road in El Centro, Country Day trailed Soutwest 14-7 at the half before rallying for a 21-14 victory.
Burmeister only found the endzone once against Southwest, but he's racked up 66 total touchdowns (44 passing, 22 rushing) this season, as he has re-written the CIF record book. The Arizona commit now holds the all-time marks for completions (800), passing yards (10,771), passing touchdowns (118), and total offense (13917 yards). He'll have one more game to add to those totals before taking the stage on the USS Midway for next Tuesday's Silver Pigskin Gala.
Sophomore running back Caleb Petry has come on strong in the playoffs, with 305 yards and 6 scores in the Torreys' three games. On the outside, senior Casey Maricucci (66 rec, 1118 yds, 11 TD), senior Brennan Goring (73, 976, 12), and sophomore Jaden Dir (56, 721, 10) are the top targets.
Goring also spearheads the defense with 114 tackles from his linebacking slot, while Mariucci has a team-high 14.5 sacks from the defensive line.
In addition to Ellis' game-winner against Monte Vista, he also grabbed another touchdown on the way to a 176-yard effort. For the season, his totals line up just behind Anders Tolhurst, who has paced the team with 64 catches for 796 yards and 11 scores. They've accounted for almost two-thirds of Oedewaldt's production in the playoffs. The junior signal-caller has completed 60% of his passes this year, good for 2731 yards and 31 touchdowns.
Next to him in the backfield is Bobby Wallace, whose 3170 career rushing yards are a new Santana record. In 2016, he's piled up 1517 yards at an average of 7.2 per carry, plus 23 trips to the end zone.
Senior defensive end Domenic Dehoyos leads the Sultan defense, with team-highs in both tackles (96) and sacks (9).