NATIONAL CITY Sweetwater used a dominant, balanced rushing attack to open Metro-Pacific League play with a 41-14 win over visiting Mater Dei Catholic on Friday night.
After starting the season 1-4, the Red Devils (4-4, 1-0) won their third straight game and showed that they could be a force in Division IV.
“We had probably our best week of practice all year,” Sweetwater coach Brian Hay said. “The offense is starting to click. With this offense, it does take a bit to get going, but they were phenomenal tonight.”
The matchup featured an obvious contrast of offensive styles, pitting Sweetwater’s compact, double-wing rushing attack against Mater Dei’s air-raid spread passing.
But the Sweetwater defense mostly shut down Mater Dei’s offense, holding Crusaders quarterback Marco Martinez to 7-of-20 passing, intercepting a pass, and forcing him to lose a fumble. Only a pair of soaring, acrobatic touchdown catches of 95 and 24 yards by Mater Dei’s Iman Chatman-Dixon kept the final score from being more lopsided.
Sweetwater, meanwhile, ran the ball 66 times for 405 yards and five touchdowns. Christian Amon, Antonio Garcia, James Zarate, Raven Middleton and Jose Sandoval rushed for scores.