SW facing tough road assignment

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

For Ben McGehee, his second season as Sweetwater’s head football coach has been much different from his first so far.
However, McGehee is still optimistic despite an 0-2 start for this Mustangs, who will be making a road trip to Wichita Falls Hirschi for their next game at 7 p.m. today.
And the Huskies may be the toughest opponent yet for Sweetwater, which has lost to Cisco and Big Spring so far by a combined 89-14.
Hirschi — which was 11-3 a year ago while advancing to the regional finals in Class 4A, Division I — got off to a great start in 2018 as the Huskies won 43-29 at Graham, which ended Sweetwater’s 2017 season in the regional semifinals with a 48-28 win.
But like Sweetwater, the Huskies are coming off a loss last week as they fell to Class 6A Frenship, 36-23, at Wolfforth. The loss to Frenship was largely due to four turnovers and a myriad of personal foul penalties, in a game where the Huskies out-gained the Tigers 407-218.
This will be the home opener for Hirschi, which is favored to win its 4-4A, D-I district this season.
The Huskies have one of the top running backs not only in Region I but also the state, Daimarqua Foster, who last year ran for 3,270 yards and scored 46 touchdowns for Hirschi in its 14 games.
Foster isn’t the Huskies’ only threat, as quarterback Nate Downing ran for 117 yards against Frenship and also threw for 168 in just his second varsity start, completing 13 of 25 passes and throwing two TD passes, one to Foster and the other to Je’vione Livingston.
Sweetwater ran the ball decently last week with 135 yards on 27 totes including its only touchdown on a 2-yard run by Alex Gallegos.
In addition to Gallegos, the Mustangs got 46 yards on eight carries from Kei’Arriyen Griffin and 32 yards on five runs by quarterback Leo Holsey, who shared duties with Seth Garcia. The two QBs were 10-of-23 passing with two interceptions, however, and Sweetwater also coughed up two fumbles, one on a punt attempt and the other on a fumble after an interception by Markus Meneses which was turned into a touchdown for the Steers.
Gallegos had 14 tackles and three assists and Ryan Romero nine stops and five assists to lead Sweetwater’s defensive effort.