Mustangs stampede Tors

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

A much improved Lamesa football team came here on Friday with three victories under its belt already and entertaining thoughts of a win over the No. 10-ranked 4A team in Texas.
They fell 63 points short.
Lamesa (3-2, 0-1) was shut down at Mustang Bowl by a Sweetwater team (6-0) with a single mission — making it back to the Class 4A, Division II state championship game.
And a 69-7 win over Lamesa moved it one step closer to that sizable goal.
Sweetwater scored on six of seven possessions before intermission, but that tells only part of the story. The defense also had two scores for Sweetwater, which led 55-0 entering the second half and added two third-quarter scores, one on a kickoff return.
Lamesa finally scored and avoided a shutout with 3:51 left, but the 62-point win was still the biggest margin this season for Sweetwater (2-0 district).
The Mustangs will get an open date this Friday to rest, heal injuries and recharge for the last four games of the regular season and District 2-4A, Division II play.
“We need the break,” said coach Ben McGehee, who has had a few key players go down recently including receiver Tristan Longoria, the team’s No. 2 quarter-back, who injured an ankle on Friday. “It’s coming at the right time. The kids have been working really hard and this will allow us to heal up a bit.”
The Mustangs dominated from the start vs. Lamesa with Kobe Clark finding four different ways to score six touchdowns. The talented receiver not only had three TD receptions Friday, but he also hit paydirt on a 55-yard interception return and 30-yard fumble return in the first half and capped it off with a 52-yard punt return in the third quarter. Quarterback Chris Thompson threw for five touchdowns, three to Clark and one each to Andrew Melendez and Daniel Avila. Avila also had two TD runs.
Pecos had scored 30 points on Sweetwater in its 2-4A opener, but it wasn’t until the fourth quarter that Lamesa found the end zone — and by then it was a 69-0 contest.
“Our kids started fast like we wanted them to,” McGehee said. “They came out with some attitude and kept their foot on the gas.”
Longoria made a 24-yard catch on the play where he was injured. It came on just the fourth play of the game and it left Thompson as the team’s lone signal caller. However, the extra week until the Mustangs play again will help get him and others return to health.
Sweetwater will travel to Fort Stockton on Oct. 20 for its next game, and the team returns home the next week to host Seminole — led by ex-Sweetwater coach Kent Jackson — which is tied with Sweetwater for first place at 2-0 after beating Greenwood on Friday.
Thompson’s first scoring pass was a 17-yard toss to Avila on a fourth-down play. Clark’s INT return made it 14-0 a short time later. Then Thompson connected with Melendez, who turned a routine catch into a spectacular 90-yard scoring play to make the score 21-0. Two more TDs made it 34-0 by the conclusion of the opening period, with the first a 31-yard Thompson strike to Clark and the last one a 30-yard run by Avila.
The Mustangs then tallied on a 54-yard Thompson pass to Clark which came with 10:12 left in the second period, a third TD pass to Clark with 1:14 left before halftime and 21 seconds later, when Clark stripped a Lamesa receiver and returned the ball 30 yards for yet another touchdown.