The Mar Vista Mariners (7-2, 2-0) cruise to a 42-6 victory over South Bay foe the Sweetwater Red Devils in Week 10.
Mariner Running Back Khalil Spruill had a game to remember on Senior Night as he rushed for 275 yards and four touchdowns on 11 carries. The senior averages 193 yards per game and it only took him five carries on the night to eclipse that mark. His first three touches of the game went for 52, 65 and 38 yards all for touchdowns. Spruill punched in his last touchdown from five yards out late in the first quarter to give him 19 rushing touchdowns on the season. It was a collective effort from the backfield as Noah Berry and Kyle Denney added touchdowns.
Sweetwater (2-7, 0-2) leads the league averaging 360 rushing yards per game, but the Mariner defense came ready to play stuffing the run in the first half holding the Red Devils to under 75 yards on the ground. Mar Vista outmatched Sweetwater in every aspect of the game from the trenches to special teams.
Mar Vista controls their destiny as the only undefeated team in the Metro South Bay. They head to Chula Vista (5-4, 1-1) to take on the Spartans. Sweetwater will play Hilltop (5-4, 1-1) in their last regular season game.
The Mar Vista Mariners (6-2, 1-0) square off against the Sweetwater Red Devils (2-6, 0-1) in Metro South Bay League play in Week 10.
Coming off a road victory over Hilltop 30-29, the Mariners are in the driver's seat to win league. They have dominated their opponents winning by double-digits in all games excluding last weeks. Senior Night sets the stage for seniors Khalil Spruill and Noah Berry. If you have been keeping up with South Bay teams, you should know about Spruill. If you haven’t, you should know that he is averaging a San Diego Section best 14 yards per carry. In six games, Spruill has 1,158 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns on 83 carries. His comrade Noah Berry has been effective in the receiving game averaging 17 yards per catch on a team-high 13 receptions for 225 receiving yards. Seniors tend to have big nights during their last home game of the regular season and this week’s game should be no different for Spruill and Berry as Sweetwater gave up big plays in the air to Chula Vista and five rushing touchdowns to Sergio Figueroa last week.
After starting the season 0-2, Sweetwater has played better of late splitting their last four games (2-2). Majority of their success has come from the legs of Running Back Marty Sesma who has rushed for more than 220 yards in his last four out of five games. On the season, Sesma has 233 carries for 1,406 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. The work horse leads a successful backfield that averages 360 rushing yards per game. Alfredo Ulloa is second on the team with 695 rushing yards on 90 carries and after that is a committee of backs (Velazquez, Romero, Garcia) who have combined for 661 yards and seven touchdowns.
The question is which defense can contain the running game? The answer, you can find out on the Prep Pigskin Report Friday at 10:30 PM.