East County Sports

Top-seed Sultans get Senior Night win

Santana and El Cajon Valley on Friday night.




EastCountySports.com staff report


SANTEE – After its first loss of the season and then having a bye last week, Santana got back on track Friday with a relatively easy 42-7 victory over El Cajon Valley on Senior Night at Santana to snare the top seed in the Division IV playoffs.


The Sultans (9-1, 3-1 Grossmont Valley League) will have a bye in the first round and then play host to the winner of No. 8 Escondido (5-5) and No. 9 Classical Academy (5-5) in the quarterfinals on Nov. 15.


El Cajon Valley (3-7, 0-4) received the No. 8 seed in Division V and will host No. 9 Mtn. Empire (2-7) on Friday.


“It was a good win, and we’re looking forward to the playoffs,” Santana coach Tim Estes said. “We’re a little banged up, so it will good for us to have another bye week.”


Santana is seeking its first San Diego Section title, and the prospects look good.


Senior quarterback Nathan Temple was exceptional once again, throwing four touchdown passes to four different players. He completed 14-of-26 passes for 199 yards.


In the first quarter, Temple hit Brooks Moutaw on a 16-yard TD and then connected with Jared Forster for a 36-yard score and a 14-0 lead.


Temple had two more scoring strikes in the second quarter. Dean Landers landed a 47-yard TD pass and Randy Smith a 7-yarder as the Sultans built a 28-0 lead and eventually wound up with 363 total yards.


El Cajon Valley got on the board as Joe Malone tossed a 69-yard TD pass to Clarence Johnson to cut the lead to 28-7 before intermission.


In the third quarter, Temple scored on a 2-yard run and sophomore Kayvion Jones added a 48-yard scoring run and finished with a team-high 71 rushing yards. Dawud Saddler added 67 yards on the ground.


Landers finished with four receptions for 69 yards and a TD. Nathan Hughes caught three balls for 62 yards and was 6-for-6 on PAT kicks.


Saddler led the defense with six tackles, and Michael Richter had four tackles and two sacks.


“We got a lot of players in the game, and now we’ll be able to rest up a bit before the playoffs,” Estes said.

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