SW leads early but falls to Steers, 33-7

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

The Sweetwater defense set the stage early in Friday’s game for the offense to give the Mustangs their first lead of the 2018 season.
A three-and-out led to a Big Spring punt in the first quarter, but a low snap allowed Sweetwater to take over at the Steers’ 40.
From there, the Mustangs, with considerable help from three penalties, scored in nine plays to take a 7-0 lead. But its first offensive TD of the year was all Sweetwater could muster, as Big Spring scored 33 points in the last three quarters to come away with a 33-7 win.
The Mustangs (0-2) were turnover-prone once again, and Big Spring (1-1) took advantage as its win ended a 26-game losing streak dating back to the 2015 season.
Sweetwater’s defense was able to hold the Steers off again as the game moved into the second quarter and return the ball into the hands of the offense, where Kei’Arriyen Griffin ripped off a 37-yard run on the very first play. Things then blew up when Big Spring intercepted on the next play, but again the Sweetwater defense held on fourth down at its 1 to preserve the lead.
But the Mustangs kept on giving the Steers chances, and it eventually did them in. Three more turnovers on the last three possessions in the second quarter led to three touchdown and a 20-7 Big Spring lead at intermission.
Once again Sweetwater’s defense held as the second half began after Big Spring reached its 3, but the Steers made it 26-7 by recovering a high snap on a punt in the Mustangs’ end zone.
Big Spring forced a fumble after its pass was picked off to score its last TD.
The best news for Sweetwater is that it won't have long to dwell on the loss. The bad news is that the Mustangs won't have as much time as usual to prepare for the next game, which is at Wichita Falls Hirschi on Thursday.
Sweetwater coach Ben McGehee hopes that his young team can fix some of its problems before the start of District 1-4A, Division II play in less than three weeks at Midland Greenwood, the preseason favorite. "It's a youth issue with us," he said. "I hate to give it as an excuse but our quarterbacks are getting an awful lot thrown at them right now.
"We've got to have guys keep their heads out there and stay patient. We gave (Big Spring) momentum even though out defense got us out of some situations. We need some maturity. We've just got to buckle down now and go to work."

Sweetwater quarterback Leo Holsey is pictured trying to outrun Big Spring's Andrew Roberts while teammate Ely Barrera tries to help out.
Photo by Kevin Wright