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Briseno brothers strike often in Santa Ana romp
SANTA ANA – The Killer Bees. That’s what they’re called, the Briseno brothers of Santa Ana High. It’s a nice nickname, though not entirely fitting, for bees strike only once, which is certainly not the case when discussing this duo.
Jonathan Briseno, the quarterback, struck five times and brother Jorge, the running back, struck three times in what became a 62-0 blowout of visiting Bolsa Grande in Friday night’s nonleague game at Santa Ana Stadium.
The Brisenos don’t mind the nickname, though, and neither did the announcer, who declared the brothers the Killer Bees on each and every one of their eight combined touchdowns. It apparently came about in a speech class, when the teacher decided the brothers needed a nickname, and that’s what he landed on.
Behind the Killer Bees, Santa Ana is 5-0, a mark it hasn’t reached since at least 1991, according to Bob Hinman, who was been working for the school for the past 24 years.
Bolsa (0-5) was not expected to interrupt the Saints’ string of victories. The Matadors have trouble stopping the run, which is what the Saints do so well.
It was Jonathan Briseno who sparked the offense with a 12-yard TD run late in the first quarter, the first of eight consecutive scoring drives for the Saints.
Jonathan, who rushed for 90 yards, scored twice more with runs of 9 and 65 yards, and on a punt return of 55 yards. He also threw a TD pass to Pablo Aguirre of 43 yards, which he set up by intercepting a Bolsa pass.
Jorge, who finished with 194 yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries, didn’t find the end zone until late in the third quarter, with the game already well out of reach. He scored on three consecutive runs, coasting in from 40, 6 and 5 yards.
Cornerback Ricardo Garcia scored Santa Ana’s lone non-Briseno TD on a 30-yard interception return in the third quarter.
“It’s good, in a way,” Jorge said of his and Jonathan’s combined production. “But it’s good because it’s for the good of the team.”