The Prep Pigskin Report found itself in National City for the end of the 2016 regular season. The Sweetwater Red Devils (2-8) hosted the Hilltop Lancers (6-4) for their last game of the season. Hilltop came out on top with a final score of 38-7.
It was senior night at Sweetwater high school. We arrived to the stadium as the Red Devil seniors were being recognized on the field. The scoreboard reported the score as Hilltop 35, and Sweetwater 0.
A running clock was enacted once the 3rd quarter began. The Lancers decided on adding a few more points to their score. A 41 yard pass from Alex Tejeda to Gus Ferreira set up a field goal opportunity. Max Ugarte’s 33 yard kick was good, 38-0 Hilltop.
Sweetwater managed to execute a drive that ended in a touchdown. Francisco Velasquez rushed the ball 5 yards into the end zone, 38-7 Hilltop. The final score was not indicative of Sweetwater’s efforts. The Red Devil’s offense completed impressive plays but were unable to execute because of Hilltop’s defense.
We have finally made it to playoffs. Make sure to tune into the Prep Pigskin report next week to catch the playoff action across all of San Diego county.
Week 11 marks the end of the San Diego prep regular season. Closing the season in the South Bay will be the Hilltop Lancers (5-4) and the hosting Sweetwater Red Devils (2-7). Which team will complete their regular season on a high note?
Week 10 was a tremendous week for the Lancers. They battled against their rivals, the Chula Vista Spartans, for the Kiwanis Bowl. The Lancers came out on top and earned the right to call themselves the first team in Hilltop history to win the Kiwanis Bowl back to back.
After the game, Hilltop’s head coach Drew Westling tweeted “No shirt Gritts & seeing the seniors celebrate being the 1st team to win back 2 back Kiwanis Bowls are memories for a lifetime #GoLancers”. For context, Coach Gritts got Gatorade dumped on him.
The Lancers plan to defeat the Red Devils by utilizing their star quarterback Alex Tejeda and his various receivers. Tejeda has completed a grand total of 2031 passing yards and is second to Jeffrey Jackson for the most passing yards in Div. 3. His leading receiver Gus Ferreira accounts for nearly half of those yards, 975 to be exact. Ferreira leads Div. 3 in receiving yards.
The Red Devils will counter Hilltop’s offensive prowess by giving the rock to Marty Sesma and Alfredo Ulloa. Sesma has rushed for a total of 1583 yards. Sesma averages 175 yards per game and will surely rack some up on Friday night.