Santa Ana rolls, stays unbeaten


GARDEN GROVE - It was another successful night of work for the Santa Ana football team.

The Saints, behind the explosive running of Jorge Briseno, scored on six consecutive possessions during one stretch, leading to a 49-0 victory over Santiago at Garden Grove High on Thursday night in a nonleague game.

Briseno led the Saints (3-0) with 215 rushing yards, five rushing touchdowns and he also caught a 45-yard touchdown pass from his brother Jonathan in the victory.

More importantly for the Saints: They’re still undefeated this season under second-year coach Charlie TeGantvoort.

“There was a certain culture that we kept building and building to get these guys to work together and treat each other with respect,” TeGantvoort said. “Now that they’re doing that and caring about each other a little more, it shows on the field.”

The Saints started off on the wrong foot, fumbling on their first possession and going three-and-out on the next.

After a fumble recovery by Edson Cuellar, the Saints took possession their own 34. Three plays later, Jonathan Briseno dropped quick shovel pass to Jorge, and he sprinted toward the end zone for a 45-yard touchdown.

Jorge Briseno also scored on runs of 19, 65, 20, 5 and 11 against the Cavaliers (0-4).

“He’s working hard,” TeGantvoort said of Jorge. “He’s running extra after practice, without anyone telling him, and then he has a great fullback (Ramiro Valdivias). Those two in the backfield are very dangerous. We have three great tailbacks and a great offensive line, so I’m excited.”

Santiago has a bye week next week.

Santa Ana will look to continue its newfound winning ways when it hosts La Quinta on Thursday.

“Three good wins and we’ve only had 14 points scored on us so far and we hope to keep it low like that,” TeGantvoort said. “The defense is playing great. Good team wins.”

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