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Christian's speedy attack overwhelms Santana

09/08/2017, 9:55pm PDT
By Don Norcross

Turns out Christian High cannot score 60 points every game. After slapping 60 and 62 points on the scoreboard in its first two outings, the Patriots’ offense morphed from otherworldly to simply spectacular Friday night.

In its first game against San Diego Section competition, Christian displayed its pass-happy offense, routing host Santana 48-7. The Patriots improved to 3-0. Santana fell to 1-2.

Senior quarterback Brad Jeremiah orchestrated the attack, completing 30 of 36 passes for 353 yards and three TDs. Jeremiah has now thrown for 1,276 yards and 17 touchdowns this season.

“They’re clicking,” said Santana coach Tim Estes. “I take my hat off to them.”

At 6-feet-4, Jeremiah is a tall, accurate passer. Making Christian difficult to defend, he’s surrounded by a slew of talented skill athletes.

Running back Javier Jimenez rushed four times for 59 yards and two TDs, plus hauled in a 23-yard scoring catch. Jesse Matthews totaled six receptions for 102 yards and two TDs. The speediest Patriot, Nashom Carter, caught seven passes for 81 yards, plus returned a punt 70 yards for a score.

“We’re hard to match up with,” said Christian coach Matt Oliver. “We’ve got athletes at all three skill positions.”

Christian scored on three of its first four possessions to take a 21-0 lead. After being held without a first down on its last three second-quarter drives, the Patriots responded after halftime.

“I told them we’ve got to come out and take care of business,” said Oliver.

The Patriots did just that, scoring all on all three second-half possessions.

Quarterback Josh Oedewaldt turned in a gritty effort for Santana, completing 18 of 32 passes for 187 yards.

Norcross is a freelance writer.

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