In 2017, a Santa Maria football team qualified for a sectional divisional championship football game for the first time this century.
To get there, the Saints scored a convincing semifinal win on the road.
Quarterback Blake Truhitte ran for four scores, threw for another and the defense checked a high-powered South El Monte offense as the Saints won this CIF Southern Section Division 12 semifinal 35-14 at South El Monte High School.
Santa Maria fans started filing into the visitors side of the stadium hours before kickoff. After the game started, the Saints gave their fans plenty to cheer about.
“These kids just find a way to win,” Santa Maria coach Dan Ellington said afterward. “Our defense was playing great and our offensive line really opened some holes for our backs to run through.”