SW to play spoiler role in its finale

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

Sweetwater’s chances of making the playoffs ended when it lost to Fort Stockton 36-23 this past week.
The Mustangs (1-8 over-all, 1-4) host a Monahans team (4-5, 2-3) on Friday that is still trying to get in the playoffs. A Sweetwater win could knock Monahans out should Fort Stockton also beat Lamesa on Friday — giving Lamesa the No. 4 district playoff spot on a tiebreaker though all three teams — Sweetwater, Monahans and Lamesa — would be 2-4, with Fort Stockton (4-2) the No. 3 seed.
Greenwood (6-0) and Snyder (4-1) are the top two seeds in District 1-4A DII and will hold their seeds entering the playoffs, even if Snyder loses to 0-5 Pecos to end the regular season.
Friday will mark the final contest for 15 Sweetwater seniors, making up nearly half the team along with nine juniors, six sophomores and six freshmen. “We’re talking to the seniors about it being their last game ever and also the last home game,” head coach Ben McGehee said.
“And we’re telling the younger kids about how the seniors have done a lot and they owe it to them to give their best effort.
“We’re not going to just go out and lay down. We’re going to play as hard as we can. There’s no pressure so you just need to go out and play as best you can.”
The Loboes began district by beating Lamesa and Pecos but have lost three in a row since then, although the first two were in overtime. Last week, they lost 30-21 to Greenwood after leading 21-20 at halftime.
“I think that they have the best defense in the district,” McGehee said of Monahans. “Offensively, they’ve struggled a little at times. It will be interesting to see what kind of team that we face Friday. But I think we’ll get their best.”
The Mustangs’ offense, after being held to 14 points a week earlier, had at least 20 for the fourth time in five district games last Friday.