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11.25.11 by Brian Vilven

Six different Mar Vista Mariners scored touchdowns in a quarterfinal playoff victory over the second seeded St. Augustine Saints Friday night. The 11-1 Mariners felt that they should have been seeded higher in the playoffs, but rather than complain about their seeding, they decided to send a message through their play. Against the Saints, that translated into a 42-28 victory over 9-2 St. Augustine.

Mar Vista's senior quarterback Jordan Lertique, our KBCSports.com DeLuca & Sons Home Improvements Player of the Game, rushed for one touchdown and threw for another. An ironman on the fiel, Lertique also led the charge on defense in keeping the prolific St. Augustine offense in check for most of the second half.

Jimmie Hill started the Mariners scoring with a 65-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. At the start of the second quarter, Brandon Luc caught the first touchdown pass of the year for Mar Vista, a one-yard reception from Lertique. Then, with under a minute to play in the first half, with the score tied at 21, Mariner Landon Clark intercepted Saints quarterback Joe Kennedy, and took the ball 30 yards for a game changing pick six.

In the second half, Bennie Smith and Keevin Moore scored rushing touchdowns for Mar Vista, and the defense held St. Augustine to just 7 points.

For the Saints, Nicholas Gonsalves had a first half for the ages, scoring three touchdowns in three different fashions. First, he caught a 57-yard touchdown pass from Kennedy. Then, in a great hustle play, he scooped up a fumble and rushed it in from 5 yards out after a 61-yard Kennedy to Luke Nowland strike. Then, after Mar Vista scored their second touchdown, Gonsalves ran the ensuing kickoff back 99 yards for his third spectacular touchdown of the half. Aaron Anderson scored the final Saints touchdown on a 15-yard, third quarter scamper.

While the 2011 season comes to an end for the Saints, the Mariners move on to the semifinals against Olympian next Thursday night.

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