COVID case in Sweetwater cancels game with Brownsboro

By: 
Ron Howell
Sports Editor

Try as they might, Ben McGehee and the Sweetwater High School football team can't escape COVID-19 as the pandemic's implications have hit them once again.
After cancelling their scheduled game with Jim Ned two days ago and finding a replacement in Brownsboro many hours later, the Mustangs will now have a couple of weekends with no games at all. And this time it is Sweetwater that has had to cancel as a result of a case of COVID-19. And due to the mandated quarantine requirements, next week's scheduled game at San Angelo Lake View has also been called off.
The cancellations were announced at around noontime today by SISD officials. Sweetwater and Brownsboro — which is located in East Texas more than 300 miles away — were scheduled to play at Aledo tonight with the kickoff at 7 p.m. That's also the time Sweetwater and San Angelo Lake View had scheduled for their non-district game next week.
As of this writing, the area games involving Roscoe vs. Stamford, Highland vs. Roby and Blackwell vs. Meadow were still scheduled to be played.
After cancelling its last three matches vs. Andrews, Lamesa and Miles for the same reason — COVID-19 — Sweetwater was scheduled to play today's home matches at 4 and 5 p.m. against Odessa Compass Academy, head volleyball coach Mitzi Bell said.
If all goes as hoped, McGehee and his football players' next game will be played at Boerne on Sept. 18, and Sweetwater's next home game will be the following week — Sept. 25 — against Clyde.
Until then, McGehee will continue to hold practices with his team to keep them prepared for when the season resumes. The Mustangs are off to an 0-1 start after losing this past week to Stephenville in their opener, 58-32. "We will just practice with the players that we've got. We'll set up a plan so that we can all stay ready and we can rock and roll as soon we play again," McGehee said.

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