SHS announces football schedule for 2020 season

By: 
Ron Howell
Sports Editor

Monday’s biennial realignment by the University Interscholastic League has made it an eventful week for Texas high school football coaches as they’ve scrambled to fill out their new schedules.
Sweetwater High School football coach and athletic director Ben McGehee has announced the Mustangs’ 2020 schedule, which became harder to complete with the reduction of Sweetwater’s 1-4A Division II district from seven to five teams starting next year.
It begins with a non-district opponent — Stephenville — that Sweetwater hasn’t faced on the football field in more than 20 years. The Yellow Jackets, a longtime state power, will come to Mustang Bowl for the season opener on Aug. 28.
After that Sweetwater stays home Sept. 4 to take on Jim Ned (Tuscola), which will be the first time the teams have ever met in football.
The Mustangs’ next two non-district games will be on the road — first a relatively short trip to San Angelo Lake View on Sept. 11, followed by the longest road trip of the season — 242 miles — to Boerne on Sept. 18. Sweetwater and Boerne will also be playing each other in football for the first time ever.
The Mustangs return home Sept. 25 to take on Clyde, which was in Sweetwater’s district over a decade ago, before ending their non-district schedule at Eastland on Oct. 2.
Sweetwater visits traditional rival Snyder to begin District 1-4A play on Oct. 9, then hosts two-time defending champion Midland Greenwood on Oct. 16. The Mustangs travel to Pecos on Oct. 23.
After getting a district bye Oct. 30, Sweetwater is back home to face Monahans on Nov. 6 to end the season.
The two preseason scrimmages have also been announced. The first will be Aug. 14 at Lamesa, which was in Sweetwater’s district the past several years until dropping to Class 3A with the last realignment. Sweetwater will also scrimmage Lubbock Coronado on Aug. 21 at Mustang Bowl.
All district games will begin at 7 p.m., while non-district games will kick off at either 7 or 7:30. Coaches must sign two-year contracts with the teams on their regular schedule on a home-and-home basis through the 2021 football season.

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