Santa Ana's Morales Rewriting Record Book

SANTA ANA, CA – Sophomore quarterback Daniel Morales (La Habra HS) has a chance to rewrite the Santa Ana College record book when the Dons (5-4, 1-3) travel to Cerritos College (4-5, 2-2) to face the Falcons at 7 p.m. in an important Mission Conference, National Division contest that could include a post-season bowl invitation with a win.

For two years Morales (La Habra HS) has been the consistent leader of the Santa Ana College offense earning second team all-conference honors a year ago after setting freshman passing records at the college for attempts (248), completions (148), passing yards (1837) and touchdown passes (16).

This year is no different for the former La Habra High School-product and two-time all-CIF Division IX most valuable player, as he will have the opportunity to become the Dons' all-time passing leader against the Falcons. He is also on pace to equal or surpass as many as seven other Santa Ana College passing records.

Last Saturday in a 45-24 loss at Saddleback College, Morales began his assault on the team record when he tied Grant Wagner's career passing touchdown record of 37 with his third touchdown pass of the game to freshman wide receiver DeAndre Williams (Long Beach Polytechnic HS), a 26-yarder in the fourth quarter. Against the Gauchos, the sophomore signal-caller also became just the second quarterback in Santa Ana College history to pass for more than 2,000 yards in a season when he threw for a career-high 337 yards on 24 of his 36 passing.

Through nine games, Morales has completed 151 of his 262 passes for 2,117 yards and 21 touchdowns and needs just 79 yards to overtake Wagner to become the career passing yardage leader at Santa Ana College. Wagner played for the Dons during the 1999 and 2000 seasons.

He can also break Wagner's single-season passing yardage record of 2,252 yards if he throws for more than 135 yards against Cerritos College on Saturday (November 12). That won't be an easy task as the Falcons, who have given up just nine touchdown passing in nine games, rank fourth in the Mission Conference in pass defense allowing just 180 yard per game.

Other records held by Wagner that are in jeopardy include both single-season and career marks for passing attempts, completions and touchdown passes.

Some of Morales' success as the Dons' quarterback can be directly attributed to several of his Highlander-teammates in Trent Sakioka, Kaleo Igarta, Jamin Shepard, Mike Edwards and Ryan Martinez who have combined to catch 133 of his 299 completions, 1631 of his 3954 passing yards and seven of his 37 touchdowns.

Sakioka has been Morales main target over the past two seasons having caught 68 aerials for 803 yards and one touchdown while Shepard is second with 32 catches for 471 yards and three scores.

Santa Ana College Passing Records

Passing, Career

Name (Year) GP Att Comp Int Yds TD Avg.
Grant Wagner (1999-2000) 21 537 309 13 4032 37 192.0
Daniel Morales (2004-present) 19 510 299 18 3954 37 208.1
Archie Lappin (1997-98) 21 421 256 12 3181 24 151.5
Corey Campbell (2002-03) 19 311 152 19 1902 13 100.1
Simon Fuentes (2003-04) 12 173 117 4 1824 19 152.0

Passing, Season

Name (Year) GP Att Comp Int Yds TD Avg.
Grant Wagner (2000) 10 316 173 8 2252 24 225.2
Daniel Morales (2005) 9 262 151 8 2117 21 235.2
Daniel Morales (2004) 10 248 148 10 1837 16 183.7
Grant Wagner (2000) 11 221 136 5 1780 13 161.8
Simon Fuentes (2003-04) 10 165 110 4 1755 19 175.5


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