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Sweetwater rolls, takes charge early

09/05/2014, 11:14pm PDT
By Kevin J. Farmer, Special to the U-T

Red Devils prevail in battle of San Diego Section finalists from last season

A year can make a big difference — sometimes for the good, sometimes for the bad.

In a battle of returning San Diego Section finalists, defending Division IV champion Sweetwater again proved it would have to be reckoned with after trouncing Division V finalist Crawford 64-6 Friday night at Gail Devers Stadium.

Coach Brian Hay’s Sweetwater team was loaded for its move to Division III, with 12 quality starters back. Crawford returned only five players and suited up just 22.

“We were just faster, bigger and stronger than they were,” Hay said. “I’m sorry for them after such a great year. My heart goes out to them.”

The Red Devils (2-0) scored on all of their possessions in the game and added three more TDs in the return game.

Senior Antonio Garcia got it started, taking the opening kickoff 93 yards for the score.

“That gave us great hype for the whole game,” said Garcia, who added another TD on a 2-yard run. “It made everything more intense.”

In the first quarter, Sweetwater needed just six snaps from scrimmage to run out to a 33-0 lead, increasing it to 43-0 by the half.

The Colts (0-2) avoided the shutout when senior Darius Harris (eight carries, 92 yards) broke free and raced 85 yards for a TD midway through the third quarter.

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