Two years ago, the Santa Maria football team almost captured a CIF championship. It's offense was one of the most dynamic on the Central Coast. After a down year a season ago, the Saints are hoping for a turnaround in 2019.
Things seem to be trending in the right direction for Santa Maria as they get ready to take on Santa Ynez in our Friday Night Highlights Week 3 Game of the Week.
The Saints bounced back from a tough loss to Righetti opening night by legging out a marathon with San Marcos last Friday, 33-29.
Senior quarterback Dominick Martinez led the charge through the air and on the ground, almost reminiscent of former Saints QB Blake Truhitte.
Santa Maria has lost three-straight to Santa Ynez, but Saints head coach Dan Ellington is hopeful his team can snap that streak come Friday night.
"Yeah, right now, it's going to be about our defense. I think whoever has the best defensive game is going to win that football game," Ellington said. "That's a big challenge for us because they have a lot of skilled guys on their offense that can make some big plays. Somehow, we're going to have to find a way to slow them down. In the meantime, our offense has to do its job."
"That's it, just keep on going, getting a win against them would be huge for our confidence going forward," Martinez added. "We know they're a great team so, we just have to work harder and focus. We'll watch film. We know they're a great school, but we'll be prepared for it."
Santa Ynez and Santa Maria will kickoff at 7 P.M.