SPRING VALLEY University City celebrated the first playoff win in its 32-year history last week, but the Centurions fell woefully short of their second. Jemeil Jackson and the Monte Vista defense made sure of that.
Jackson rushed 28 times for 205 yards, including touchdowns of 27 and 51 yards, to lead top-seeded Monte Vista to a 41-2 rout Friday against No. 8 University City in the Division IV quarterfinals.
Monte Vista (6-5), which hadn’t won a playoff game since going 11-1 in 2004, will host a semifinal next Friday against the winner of La Jolla and Mater Dei Catholic.
“We came out ready to play,” Monte Vista coach Ron Hamamoto said. “When you’re a No. 1 seed, you always worry about that first game.”
Quarterback Thomas Walker added 94 rushing yards, including TD runs of 79 and 9 yards, and Jaqui Morris had 79 yards and two TDs as Monte Vista rolled to 402 rushing yards.
Monte Vista also recovered five fumbles and yielded only 109 yards to UC (4-7).
The Monarchs looked unstoppable on their first three drives, scoring each time to take a 22-0 lead.
Jackson began the onslaught with a 27-yard TD run. Walker tallied next, keeping a read option and racing 79 yards untouched. Then Jackson struck again, breaking a half dozen tackles before finishing a 51-yard TD scamper.