Briseno, Aguirre power Santa Ana's run to the semifinals


GLENDORA – Jorge Briseno broke loose for 75-, 23- and 57-yard touchdown runs in the second quarter and Pablo Aguirre returned the opening kickoff 93 yards to fuel undefeated Santa Ana to a 41-0 romp over Azusa in a CIF-SS Division 13 second-round playoff game Friday at Citrus College.

Briseno, a 5-foot-9, 185-pound senior with a fluid stride and deceptive breakaway speed, ran around and through the defense for 245 yards on 16 carries. He added a 2-yard scoring run in the third quarter.

The Saints (12-0) play Laguna Beach, which defeated Boron, 21-14, Friday at Santa Ana Stadium in the semifinals next week.

Santa Ana held the Aztecs (6-6) to 102 yards total offense, 60 passing and 42 rushing.

Aguirre’s kickoff return and Ismael Mojica’s PAT put Santa Ana up 7-0, but the Saints didn’t have a first down in the first quarter.

Briseno’s 75-yard scoring jaunt came on Santa Ana’s first play from scrimmage in the second quarter. He ran a sweep, turned the corner and went distance.

Santa Ana quarterback Damian Macias turned a potential disaster into a 33-yard gain on the next possession. On second-and-21, the snap to Macias in the shotgun went past him. He retreated, scooped up the ball and ran through defenders to the Azusa 23. Two plays later, Briseno ran in for his second touchdown.

Briseno raced 57 yards for his third touchdown and a 27-0 lead with 4:23 left in the second period.

Macias completed a 17-yard touchdown pass to Pablo Aguirre for a 34-0 lead with 10:46 remaining in the third.

Briseno carried the ball for a 30-yard gain to the 5 and scored from the 2 for Santa Ana’s final touchdown.

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