NATIONAL CITY Following Friday night’s Division IV quarterfinal playoff game, Sweetwater head coach Brian Hay and his assistants had a slight disagreement about when the school had last won in the playoffs.
Whether it was 1997 or 1999 remained undecided among them, but the point was clear — it had been a long time.
The wait for playoff success ended on Friday night as Sweetwater rushed for five touchdowns and played stingy defense to beat Clairemont 35-0 and advance to the semifinals.
“The defense played great ball; they were very disciplined,” Hay said of a unit that held Clairemont to just 99 total yards.
It was the sixth straight win for Sweetwater (7-4), which started the season 1-4 before sweeping its way to a Metro-Pacific League championship.
Sweetwater’s Angel Reyes opened the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown run to finish a drive that began when Sweetwater recovered a muffed punt by Clairemont (5-7). On the first play of the next drive, Reyes took a handoff and raced 74 yards for a touchdown.
Not to be outdone, Antonio Garcia scored on a 91-yard touchdown the next drive.
“Our O-line did a fabulous job all season,” Garcia said. “It feels great to get to the semifinals. We practiced so hard and have put in so much hard work.”