East County Sports

RBV’s Richardson rushes to records versus Sultans

Rancho Buena Vista's Dorian Richardson is presented with the game ball Friday night.




By Jim Lindgren

Special to EastCountySports.com


VISTA – In Santana’s most recent playoff game last season, La Jolla Country Day’s Braxton Burmeister put some finishing touches on a record-setting season and career in beating the Sultans in the San Diego Section Division IV championship game.

On Friday night, the Sultans yielded another couple of astonishing records to Rancho Buena Vista’s Dorian Richardson as the Longhorns prevailed 62-43 in a wild Division III first-round matchup.

Richardson ran left, right, up the middle, picked up blocks and ran over several Sultans en route to 499 rushing yards on 38 carries and eight touchdowns. Both are San Diego Section single-game records.

“We didn’t have an answer for him,” Santana coach TIM ESTES said. “We couldn’t stop him.”

Richardson scored on runs of 3, 3, 30, 34 and 7 yards in the first half as RBV took a 34-17 lead into intermission. He added scores of 44, 4 and 12 yards in the third quarter when the Longhorns took a 62-31 lead.

“It was amazing,” Richardson said. “My O-line, the defense and special teams all helped me get these records tonight.

“At practice this week, we talked about trying to get 400 yards and scoring as many touchdowns as we could.”

There was more than 1,000 yards total offense in this wild tilt.

Mt. Carmel’s Ken James had held the single-game rushing record with 436 yards in 2009. Richardson’s eight touchdowns snapped the record of seven held by several players.

“He’s a great back,” Estes said. “He’s fast and quick, patient and picks up his blocks well. It was quite a show.”

Richardson, a junior, now has 2,253 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns for the Longhorns (6-5), who won their first playoff game in four years. They will play No. 3-seeded San Pasqual (6-4) next Friday in the quarterfinals. No. 11-seeded Santana finishes 4-7.

“We lost three games by a total of 16 points,” Estes said. “That’s like three plays. We easily could have been 7-4. We were close in terms of ability, but we wound up on the wrong side of the scoreboard too many times.”

Last year, Burmeister threw for 274 yards and four touchdowns as LJCD beat Santana 38-24 in the title game. Burmeister wound up with section season records of 4,461 yards and 53 touchdowns and career section marks of 11,512 yards and 127 touchdowns. He now is starring at Oregon.

Santana also set a section record, actually tied a section record when COLTON SNIPES returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown. (That’s the longest possible kick return in high school football.)

“There was a lot of offense,” Estes said. “People were not bored.”

Santana’s JOSH OEDEWALDT was 25 of 47 passing for 242 yards and two touchdowns with one interception.

DAVON CHESTNUT caught nine passes for 89 yards. CAMERON KANE nabbed seven passes for 61 yards and two touchdowns. SEAN IVERSON added four catches for 53 yards, and Snipes grabbed five balls for 34 yards.

Oedewaldt also rushed for two touchdowns.

TIMMY TISCHER had a 33-yard field goal to cut RBV’s early lead to 7-3.

Oedewaldt’s first rushing TD cut RBV’s lead to 13-10 early in the second quarter.

Richardson, however, would score his third, fourth and fifth touchdowns to put the Longhorns up 34-10 before Oedewaldt hit Kane for a 3-yard touchdown pass to make it 34-17 at halftime.

Richardson opened the third quarter with a 44-yard scoring run. But Santana countered with a 10-yard TD pass from Oedewaldt to Kane to pull to 41-24.

Richardson went back to work with a 4-yard touchdown, and Mathew Lierenas added a 2-yard touchdown run for a 55-24 Longhorn advantage.

Snipes’ 99-yard kick return softened the lead, but Richardson came right back with a 12-yard score to make it 62-24 near the end of the third quarter.

Oedewaldt and BROOKS MOUTAW  scored on short TD runs in the fourth quarter for the Sultans.

IAN LITTEN led Santana with 54 yards on seven carries, and Moutaw had 44 yards on seven carries.

LANDON WOOD led the defense with 10 tackles and a fumble recovery.

Snipes had four kick returns for 207 yards, and Moutaw returned two for 100 yards.

The problem with those stats: There were far too many kickoff returns for the Sultans.

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