Strong Hirschi squad runs past Sweetwater 51-7

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

WICHITA FALLS — OK, it’s true that the end result Thursday showed a 51-7 loss to Wichita Falls Hirschi.
That, of course, is not a good thing.
But looking at the bigger picture, this was by far the best team Sweetwater will face this year — barring the possibility of a very long playoff run.
In spite of the score, the Mustangs made big steps toward the ultimate goal: being ready for District 1-4A, Division II play.
Sweetwater (0-3) got a 61-yard touchdown pass from freshman quarterback Leo Holsey to receiver Daiman Atkins for its only score. However, that wasn’t the only positive as the offense had its best showing to date. The Mustangs on three occasions got inside Wichita Falls’ 25 in the first half, but were denied each time while the outcome was still far from decided.
The first drive narrowly missed getting points with the score only 7-0 in Hirschi’s favor, as what appeared to be a scoring pass from Holsey to Tyler Warner was ruled to be just out of the end zone and the Huskies eventually took over on downs.
“I think we grew a lot in some areas,” coach Ben McGehee said. “I thought we were competitive the first half. And I also thought that we got some questions answered in some of the key positions.”
Sweetwater, however, must continue to improve if it hopes to once again be a contender after getting just one score for the third week in a row. Hirschi (2-1) led 28-0 after a 21-point second period, and 41-7 entering the fourth quarter as its overall talent and speed were too much for the Mustangs to overcome.
Hirschi was led by senior quarterback Nate Downing, who ran for three scores and also completed 11 of 12 passes for 142 yards and a TD. TCU-bound Daimarqua Foster, one of the state's top running backs, also ran for three touchdowns — all in the second half — for the Huskies, who got 384 of their 526 total yards on the ground.
Sweetwater faces another Wichita Falls area team next Friday, hosting Iowa Park in the Mustangs’ final non-district game.
“We’re still moving forward. We’ll go scout (today) and get an extra day to rest and get ready for the next game with Iowa Park,” McGehee said.

Pictured: Sweetwater quarterback Leo Holsey (9) begins a handoff to Alex Gallegos in the Mustangs' game against Wichita Falls Hirschi.
Photo by Stacy Fritz