In the first round of the division 1 playoffs we had the number 11 ranked Eastlake Titans traveling north to face off verse the number 6 ranked Mt. Carmel Sundevils. In this do or die game and the Titans who finished the season at (2-8) were true underdogs won this night.
1st quarter Eastlake with the ball and only a few plays in to the game when quarterback Alfredo Garcia throws a pick six to Paleak Deny who returns it 41 yards to the Sundevils up early 7-0.
After a Titans three and out Mt. Carmel capitalized on the situation as Dj Figone scores from 1 uses out and the extra point was no good but Mt. Carmel pads the lead 13-0. With little time left in the quarter Eastlake was able to put on great drive capped off with a 1 yard rushing touchdown by Alfredo Garcia to get the Titans on the board but still trailed 13-7.
2nd quarter Eastlake took advantage of great field possession after a fumble recovery and minutes left in the quarter Alfredo Garcia finds Micah Pietila-Wiggs for a 14 yard touchdown and grab the lead 14-13 at halftime.
3rd quarter starts fast and furious as the Sundevils Matt Holmes finds Andrew Mataafa for the 7 yard touchdown pass and this extra point was blocked as well Mt. Carmel lead 19-14. Eastlake didn't take that score lightly as they answered right back with a big play of their own when Garcia found Micah Pietila-Wiggs for an 86 yard touchdown pass to go back on top 20-19 Titans.
Let's jump the 4 the quarter and with 17 seconds left in the game senior kicker Ashlin Morey lineup for a potential 22 yard go ahead and score and after having two of her kicks blocked on the night she drilled the kick to put her team up 22-20. After a failed lateral play the number 6 ranked Mt. Carmel defeated the Eastlake Titans. The Sundevils will face the La Costa Canyon Mavericks next and week, be sure to catch all highlights on the Prep Pigskin Report Friday at 10:30 pm only on KUSI.
On a very special weekend the first round of the CIF San Diego Sectional playoffs start with a Division 1 game between the (2-8) Eastlake Titans and the (6-4) Mt. Carmel Sundevilss. The Sundevils will play host to the Titans, who have not had the season coach Tropp had expected dropping their last four games and being outscored 106 points to only scoring 40. Lead by junior quarterback Alfredo Garcia who has passed for nearly 800 yards and 8 touchdowns, while putting up close to 400 yards on the ground rushing with 5 touchdowns to go with it. Garcia has thrown 8 interceptions on the season so he will have to make good decisions against a stingy Mt. Carmel defense who has thrived off turnovers this season.
On the other side we have the Sundevils who have been plagued with injuries on the season, most notably with TJ Sullivan one of their standout players missing time with a leg injury. The has not stopped the Sundevil defense who have been the most consistent aspect of coach Andersons team, as a team they have amassed 33 sacks on the season lead by stand out defensive lineman Chiemeka Ochi who leads the team with 14.5 sacks. The defense has had its share of take always this season with 12 interceptions and 9 fumble recoveries.
For highlights from this game be sure into the Prep Pigskin Report this Friday at 10:30 P.M. only on KUSI.