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Sweetwater defense key in victory

11/29/2013, 11:12pm PST
By Kevin J. Farmer, Special to the U-T

Red Devils offense puts together two scoring drives in second half to take lead.

— A near perfect execution of an outstanding game plan equals Sweetwater High playing for a San Diego Section championship.

The No. 2 seed Red Devils dominated No. 3 Central Union on both sides of the ball to advance to next Saturday’s Division IV title game at Mesa College with a 17-7 victory at Gail Devers Stadium.

“We game-planned for this game as much as we’ve ever done, but it’s the kids that had to carry it out,” said Sweetwater first-year coach Brian Hay after his team outgained Central 272-105 in total yards.

Sweetwater (8-4) will meet Monte Vista for the championship.

Trailing 7-3 at halftime, the Red Devils were at their best in the second half. Offensively, their time-consuming offense racked up 185 yards on just three possessions. Two led to touchdowns; a 13-yard run by Raven Middleton with 5:31 left in the third quarter and a 1-yard run by Angel Reyes with 10:51 left to play.

The Sweetwater defense held the Spartans (6-6) to just 22 yards of total offense in the second half.

“(Central) was by far the most talented passing offense we’ve seen this year,” said Hay.

The Red Devils also dominated most of the first half. However, they were only able to register a 29-yard field goal by Victor Alfaro on the first play of the second quarter.

Sweetwater held the dangerous Spartans offense in check until the last two minutes of the half. That’s when quarterback Sergio Osuna found success in the air, picking up 62 of their 75 yards of offense in the half.

Four receptions by Arizona-bound Jakob Salgado brought the ball down to the 13. Then Osuna hit Ricky Williams on a quick pop pass with 14 seconds left for a 7-3 lead.

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