East County Sports

Sultans still pack powerful punch

Junior COLTON SNIPES escapes a Castle Park tackler Friday night. / TYRAN PHOTOGRAPHY

2017 EAST COUNTY PREP FOOTBALL

SANTANA 56, CASTLE PARK 19

 

EastCountySports.com staff report

 

CHULA VISTA – Santana’s JOSH OEDEWALDT passed for 280 yards and three touchdowns Friday night, pacing the once-again power-packed Sultans to a 56-19 pasting of host Castle Park in the season opener.

Senior DAVON CHESNUT caught nine passes for 133 yards for Santana and had touchdown reception of 16 and 10 yards in the game, as well.

Santana defense chases Castle Park QB. / Photo by TRyan Photography

Oedewaldt looked sharp in the first half, but the Sultans turned the ball over three times in the second half, including an interception by the senior thrower.

Senior CAMERON KANE had an interception, along with a 25-yard return, for Santana, which stifled the Trojans with a sharp defensive performance, allowing just 100 or so yards through the air.

Santana jolted out to a 28-0 lead early and led 35-6 at the half.

It was a nice start for the Sultans heading into the city rivalry game next Friday night.

“It’s nice to start off the season with the big win and glad that we pulled through,” Santana coach TIM ESTES said. “We have to prepare for West Hills, which is tough because it’s always the battle for Santee so it will always be a close game.

“(West Hills coach CASEY ASH) does a great job with those kids, so they’ll be ready.”

Junior IAN LITTEN opened the scoring with a 1-yard TD, then junior COLTON SNIPES scored on a 10-yard pass from Oedewaldt for a two-score edge.

A Santana back is tackled Friday night. / photo by TRyan Photography

Litten rushed for 74 yards on the night.

In the second quarter, senior DALE GENSCHAW had a 6-yard touchdown, then Litten added his second 1-yard plunge of the game.

Chestnut, who scored his first touchdown in the second quarter, extended Santana’s lead to 42-6 with his second touchdown, this one coming in the third quarter.

Santana senior RAHZEL WILSON had a 6-yard TD run, while junior teammate SEAN IVERSON scored on a 45-yard run, as the Sultans finished with 171 yards on the ground.

Oedewaldt completed 20-of-30 aerials for 283 yards, including one interception.

Next week’s city battle will be played in West Santee.

The Sultans lost to the Wolf Pack as part of an 0-2 start, before winning 8 of their last 11 ball games.

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