IMPERIAL BEACH Believe it or not, some wins are just more enjoyable than others.
For Sweetwater head coach Brian Hay, his team’s thrilling 28-27 non-league victory Friday over his old team, Mar Vista, was a very different kind of feeling.
“It was really bittersweet,” said Hay, after shaking hands and hugging almost all the Mariners at midfield after the game. “I love those kids. It hurts to see them hurt.
“But for these guys (Sweetwater), they came through and won an amazing battle.”
Hay brought his entire coaching staff and grinding double-wing offense up to the National City school. It worked as well for the Red Devils (3-4) as it had in the past for the Mariners (2-5).
The Red Devils amassed 279 yards rushing. Leading the way was Antonio Garcia who carried nine times for 139 yards, with TD runs of 50 and 63 yards. Angel Reyes chipped in with 118 yards on 17 carries and a 45-yard score.
Jimmie Hill and Brandon Scales each scored a pair of TDs for the new Mar Vista spread offense. Hill scored on runs of 1 and 51 yards, while Scales scored on a 20-yard fumble recovery and a 45-yard TD pass from Dan Lujon.
The difference was extra points. Each team missed an extra point kick, but Sweetwater made up for it with a two-point conversion run by Reyes in the first half.