NATIONAL CITY His players were ready to dump the water bucket, but first-year Sweetwater High coach Brian Hay would have none of it.
Sweetwater clinched at least a share of its first league title in 25 years with a dominant 28-7 homecoming victory over Castle Park on Friday.
The win, coupled with Montgomery’s loss to Mater Dei, gives Sweetwater a chance to grab sole possession of the Metro Pacific crown when it visits the Aztecs next week.
“We’re ready for Montgomery,” junior running back Antonio Garcia said. “I know Coach (Hay) will have us ready.”
In their first 10 plays from scrimmage, the Red Devils (5-4, 2-0) scored three times.
The first two came on big Garcia runs. On the fourth play of the game, Garcia (18 carries, 138 yards, 2 TDs) raced 56 yards.
A defensive three-and-out quickly gave the Red Devils the ball back. Six plays later, Garcia rushed for a 26-yard TD with 6:39 left in the opening quarter.
Another three-and-out returned the ball to Sweetwater, and Angel Reyes (18 carries, 110 yards, 2 TDs) immediately went untouched around the right side for a 31-yard score.
Castle Park (4-5, 0-2) was held to minus-35 yards rushing in the opening half. Their lone bright spot was a 64-yard TD strike from Jordan Danielson to Felipe Liborio late in the first quarter.