El Dorado can't stop Martinez, Tustin
TUSTIN - Tustin’s Terence Martinez ended any suspense quickly Friday night, as the Tillers opened defense of their CIF-Southern Section Southwest Division title.
The senior wingback raced 91 yards untouched around right end to score on Tustin’s first offensive play against El Dorado, and the Tillers went on to record a 35-6 first-round playoff victory at Tustin High.
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Martinez finished with 208 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries as the Tillers (11-0) advanced to a second-round match-up on the road against Huntington Beach.
Edward Tandy added 126 yards and two TDs on 15 carries. Tustin finished with 392 yards rushing — including 231 in the first quarter, in which it built a 21-0 lead — despite playing without No. 2 rusher DaVonte Young (infection), who is expected back next week.
But the Golden Hawks (4-7) shook off those early blows, never stopped hustling and hitting, and battled the heavy favorites hard the rest of the way, led by two-way backs Anthony Piscitelli and Hayden Dunn.
"I thought in the first half, we were really in control," Tustin coach Myron Miller said. "Credit them (the Golden Hawks) in the second half. They wanted to make sure they got their 48 minutes worth, and they did."
El Dorado scored on the game’s final play, when tight end Paul Robertson caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Cory Wildhagen.
"I’m proud of our team," said El Dorado coach Shawn Racobs, who added that Piscitelli played his best game of the season, and that Dunn played despite a torn meniscus. "I don’t think the score indicates how well our defense played. We made them punt a couple times and got some stops.
"Tustin is loaded, they’re well-coached and they certainly know how to play in the playoffs."
The Tillers offensive line of tackles David Maka and Michael Cooper, guards James Smith and Jaime Santana, center Henderson Williams, and ends Kaleb Veletaloola and Joseph Gonzalez had another stellar game, paving the way for 404 yards in total offense. Tustin had outgained El Dorado, 309 yards to 86, by halftime.