Mustangs overpower the Rangers

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

CHILDRESS — For the fourth year in a row, Sweetwater has a bi-district title after Thursday’s 60-14 win over Perryton.
That’s just the first step, however, for a team that hopes to make it back to the Class 4A, D-II title game in five weeks. Next up will be Glen Rose or Vernon — who meet today — in Round 2.
Sweetwater and Perryton were tied 7-7 early in the first quarter as the Rangers evened the score on a touchdown run from Will Cator.
The Mustangs punted on their next series, but the defense held and a 25-yard field goal by Ky Hoover put them ahead to stay.
Sweetwater added to its lead with two second period TDs to go up by 18, 25-7, at intermission.
Daniel Avila got the first score on a 27-yard run, with Hoover adding the PAT.
Hoover was on the receiving end on the next score with a 34-yard TD catch — one of four TD throws by QB Chris Thompson.
The Mustangs went for two, and Avila ran it over for a 25-7 lead.
Sweetwater got the ball first in the second half, and used a 69-yard drive to go ahead 32-7 as Thompson teamed with Clark on a 9-yard TD throw — the second of three times the duo hooked up for six points.
The lead grew even larger when Clark returned a punt 75 yards in the third quarter to open up a 39-7 advantage. A 17-yard Thompson run completed a 21-point third quarter.
Thompson threw a 6-yard TD to Clark for a 53-7 lead that ended his night. But Sweetwater wasn’t through.Thompson’s replacement, Ethan Cortez, added a final scoring throw to Markus Meneses with 2:43 left and Hoover kicked his seventh extra point.
Thompson hit Clark the first time on a 40-yard throw, as the Mustangs grabbed a 7-0 lead on their opening series. But it wasn’t until the second quarter that Sweetwater got its offense fully untracked.
Ben McGehee, getting his first playoff win ever as a head coach, said the Mustangs did what they wanted to offensively except when they stopped themselves.
The team was dominant on defense as well after an early struggle to contain the Rangers’ running game.
“It was a good start for the guys,” McGehee said. “Our seniors showed the way for us tonight.”