East County Sports

Mariners move past Sultans in game, in division

Santana rushes against Mar Vista on Friday night. / photo by Adam Paul

2018 EAST COUNTY PREP FOOTBALL

MAR VISTA 27, SANTANA 13

 

EastCountySports.com staff report

 

SANTEE – The Mar Vista Mariners returned the favor to the Santana Sultans on Friday night, taking home a win back to Imperial Beach.

 

The teams have been playing a regular series with the home team usually coming out on top. However last season, it was the Sultans who knocked off the Mariners on their home turf.

 

Santana’s CHAZ BAKER recovered a fumble early in the first quarter.

 

The Sultans got a 32-yard field by COLTON SNIPES to open the scoring just past the midway point of the opening quarter. The score was set up by a run by BROOKS MOUTAW that went for more than 20 yards.

 

Santana added a 17-yard touchdown pass from quarterback SEAN IVERSON to JACOB PETERSON, giving the Sultans a 10-0 lead. The score was set up by another 20-yard gain from Moutaw on a short pass behind the line of scrimmage.

 

“(Iverson) ran the offense real well like his normally has since taking over,” Santana coach TIM ESTES said. “(Mar Vista) got some momentum and were able to move on with it. They got a long run at the beginning of the third quarter that just changed the momentum.”

 

Mar Vista scored a touchdown to pull to within 10-7 at halftime but the Mariners scored on a 90-yard touchdown to take a 14-10 lead just 23 seconds into the third quarter.

 

The Mariners put together a scoring drive capped by a 16-yard run to move up 20-10.

 

The Sultans got another field goal from Snipes, this one from 27 yards, to cut the deficit 20-13. Iverson led the drive with nice gains via the run and pass.

 

The Mariners added a final touchdown, giving them a 27-13 lead.

 

“We were really hoping to get this one because (Mar Vista) is in our division in CIF,” Estes said. “Now that Mar Vista beat us, they have a higher ranking. We might have to play at their place if it comes down to it in the playoffs. We really wanted this game for playoff purposes.”

 

The Mariners outgained the Sultans by over 200 yards.

 

“We kept them in check for the most part,” Estes said. “They beat us tonight. Did they beat us by two scores tonight? Yes, but do I think we could’ve done better, yeah.”

 

Santana is now 4-2. The Sultans will open Grossmont Valley League play next Friday at home against Mount Miguel.

 

“We are pretty close to where we want to be with all the adversity,” Estes said. “Our guys really have performed well throughout the injuries we’ve sustained.

 

“We got a couple more injuries tonight. Some guys stepped in and played well, but (Mar Vista) just had our number tonight.”

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