Coming off one of its best football seasons in school history, Mt. Carmel High kicked off the 2016 campaign in winning fashion despite having to replace one of the county’s top quarterbacks from a year ago.
Senior quarterback Dylan Hunt connected with T.J. Sullivan on a 37-yard pass completion on the first offensive play of the game, leading to an Ashlin Morey field goal that sent the Sundevils on their way to a 34-0 victory over Otay Ranch in the nonleague season opener Friday night for both teams.
Hunt went on to score on touchdown runs of 2 and 17 yards on Mt. Carmel’s next two possessions as the Sundevils motored to a 20-0 halftime lead in the first meeting between the two schools on the gridiron.
The Sundevils are coming off a 9-4 season and needed to replace quarterback Lucas Johnson, who graduated after a senior season which produced a combined 39 touchdowns and more than 3,700 yards passing and rushing. Johnson guided Mt. Carmel to the CIF Division II championship final against Rancho Bernardo and has moved on to play his collegiate ball at Georgia Tech.
Hunt, replacing Lucas Johnson (now at Georgia Tech), completed all seven of his pass attempts in the second half and finished 11 of 19 for 196 yards, with scoring passes of 8 yards to Sullivan and 5 yards to Danny Edwards.
Mustang turnovers led to Mt. Carmel’s two touchdowns in the first half. Thomas Harrison recovered a muffed punt at the Otay Ranch 39-yard line that led to Hunt’s first TD on a 2-yard rollout to the right side.
Linebacker Austin Coggins covered a Mustangs fumble just three plays later.
Hunt scrambled for 17 yards following the fumble recovery, and six plays later the quarterback scored from the 17 to give the hosts a 17-0 lead on the first play of the second period.
Morey converted her second 21-yard field goal of the first half with 5:59 remaining to cap a Mt. Carmel scoring drive kept alive by a fourth-down pass completion from Hunt to Sullivan, who finished with six receptions for 128 yards and one TD.