SW, Lamesa are facing must-win

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

The 2018 football season resumes for Sweetwater on Friday after a week off when the Mustangs host Lamesa at 7 p.m.
The two teams are a combined 0-3 in district play and 1-10 overall. But Friday’s winner stays in playoff contention and has something to build on entering the final month of play.
Tomorrow’s game will be Sweetwater’s homecoming as it tries to win for the first time this season following an 0-5 start. Lamesa hasn’t fared much better, losing its last five decisions after a season-opening win over Lake View back on Aug. 31.
Mustang head football coach Ben McGehee says both his team and Lamesa see this as being a must-win contest to contend for the playoffs, and also feel better about themselves.
“I think it will do a lot to for everyone to get a win,” he said, “and get back in the playoff picture. It’s one we really need.”
Friday’s game begins a critical two-week stretch for building playoff momentum. Next week the team will be on the road against a Pecos team that is 1-5 overall and 0-2 in district play, before returning home to face a Snyder team that is off to a 1-0 district start, and 4-1 overall, on Oct. 26.
Starting well will be important for the Mustangs, who trailed just 23-20 at Midland Greenwood at halftime of their District 1-4A, D-II opener two weeks ago, but the 65-20 final means they must finish better as well. Sweetwater hasn’t put four good quarters together all year, getting all 20 its points vs. Midland Greenwood in the second quarter before the Rangers dominated the second half.
Sweetwater, according to McGehee, will get Lamesa’s best effort. “They will be giving it their all in order to get a win,” he said.
Lamesa has come close on two occasions since its season-opening 47-42 win over Lake View. Two weeks ago, the Golden Tors led at Monahans 41-28 in the final quarter before the hosts rallied for a 48-41 victory, and the week before held a lead over Lubbock High until the last minute, losing 20-14.
Lamesa also held a first-quarter lead vs. Greenwood last week, but it didn’t last long as the Rangers roared back to win 56-14 and drop Lamesa to 0-2 in district play.
Midland Greenwood and Monahans share the early district lead at 2-0, while Snyder is 1-0 after a 27-13 win over 1-1 Fort Stockton last Friday. Greenwood will host Pecos and Monahans will entertain Snyder in the other district games this week, while Fort Stockton is idle.