East County Sports

Sultans’ redevelopment has good results




By Jim Lindgren

Special to EastCountySports.com


SAN DIEGO – Converted wide receiver Sean Iverson did a pretty good job impersonating a quarterback in Santana’s 28-7 romp over Clairemont on Friday night.

Taking over for the injured Nathan Temple (broken collarbone), Iverson completed 7-of-8 passes for 78 yards and three touchdowns without an interception as the Sultans moved to 3-1 on the season.

“It was a pretty good win for us,” Santana coach Tim Estes said. “Sean Iverson has been doing a really good job running the offense and taking care of stuff.”

Iverson, a 6-foot, 160-pound senior, opened the scoring with a 21-yard touchdown pass to Randy Smith just 3:21 into the contest for a 7-0 Sultans lead.

Early in the second quarter, Iverson hooked up with Chaz Baker on a 26-yard score for a 14-0 lead.

Iverson’s third touchdown pass went 19 yards to Smith again with 5:04 to play in the game to seal the victory.

Brooks Moutaw also had a big game for the Sultans, scoring on a 31-yard run in the third quarter and finishing with 95 yards on 14 carries.

Colton Snipes was 4-for-4 on PAT kick attempts.

Clairemont’s Donovan Fitzgerald scored on a 37-yard run midway through the second quarter to pull within 14-7, but it was all Santana from there.

“We came out scoring, we held them a couple of times, but Clairemont came out and moved the ball in the second quarter,” Estes said.

“At halftime, our guys came out fired up and made some big plays and big stops on defense. The game started to roll our way after that.”

With both teams running 48 plays, Santana outgained the Chieftains 301-154. The Sultans gained 222 yards rushing, averaging 5.7 yards-per-carry. Jacob Peterson had 7 carries for 37 yards, Snipes 5 for 25 and Smith 4 for 19.

“It really helped that we were able to run the ball,” Estes said. “Guys were starting to rally behind (Temple) and getting more confidence with him.”

The Sultans defense limited Clairemont to just 5 completions and 24 passing yards. Snipes was in on 9 tackles, while Peterson and Michael Richter each had 8 tackles.

“Snipes does a really good job for us on all sides of the ball, including special teams,” Estes said.

The Sultans opened the season with wins over Mtn. Empire (42-7) and Serra (24-22) before bowing to Christian (48-7) last week.

Santana plays to host Vincent Memorial (3-0) next Friday at Santana.



Santana    7 7 7 7 – 28

Clairemont 0 7 0 0 – 7

S – Randy Smith 21 pass from Sean Iverson (Colton Snipes kick)

S – Chaz Baker 26 pass from Sean Iverson (Colton Snipes kick)

C – Donovan Fitzgerald 37 run (Brayan Guerrero kick)  

S – Brooks Moutaw 31 run (Colton Snipes kick)

S – Randy Smith 19 pass from Sean Iverson (Colton Snipes kick)

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