Mt. Carmel picked a great time to snap its losing streak against Westview.
After dropping the last three regular-season matchups between the teams, the host Sundevils beat the Wolverines 26-14 in the opening round of the San Diego Section Division I playoffs Friday.
Seventh-seeded Mt. Carmel (7-4) reached the quarterfinals for the second straight year and will play next week at second-seeded Ramona (9-1), the Palomar League champion.
“We won the most important one,” Mt. Carmel coach John Anderson said. “I’m pretty happy. I couldn’t be more proud of the guys. They battled a great Westview team. I just thank the guys working hard and getting the job done.”
Sophomore quarterback Lucas Johnson provided the bulk of the Mt. Carmel scoring with touchdown runs of 48, 13 and 1 yards, and junior Nathan Dunford kicked two field goals.
The Sundevils’ defense also played a key role, holding No. 10 seed Westview (3-8) to 19 rushing yards and forcing three turnovers. The first Wolverines touchdown came after a Mt. Carmel turnover and the second on their one big play of the night — an 81-yard touchdown from Nate Kitteringham to Michael Shadowen on a screen pass.
“I’ve been waiting for our defense to come through the last couple weeks, and they did a great job tonight,” Anderson said.