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
|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|
|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|