Central Union football holds off Mt. Carmel in CIF-SDS Div. III matchup

Central Union High’s Jonathan Medina runs the ball against Mt. Carmel High during a CIF-San Diego Section Div. III First Round football game on Friday night in El Centro. SERGIO BASTIDAS PHOTO Friday, November 8th, 2019

EL CENTRO — Whether or not the Central Union High football team was expecting a bye to open this year’s post season, the squad did not lay off the gas pedal when hosting Mt. Carmel in a CIF-San Diego Section Div. III slugfest that favored the No. 5 Spartans 46-38 here on Friday night.

After Mt. Carmel worked to get back into the game late in the fourth quarter, the normally stingy Central defense found itself holding the Spartans’ playoffs hopes in its hands after the No. 12 Sun Devils recovered an onside kick with 1:06 left in the game and the scoreboard showing 46-38 in favor of the Spartans.

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