Sweetwater shuts down Snyder

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

SNYDER — Two early lost fumbles in the red zone kept Sweetwater from taking the lead over Snyder in Friday’s non-district game for awhile.
However, the Tigers did not take advantage of their early chance. In fact, a penalty wiped out a long touchdown run of their own between the fumbles.
But the Mustangs finally scored with 2:23 left in the first quarter to break the ice and improved to 4-0 with a dominating 45-7 victory on Snyder’s homecoming.
Sweetwater, which begins District 2-4A, D-II play this Friday at Pecos, led 25-0 at halftime en route to winning its third straight game over Snyder in the teams’ rivalry that dates to 1925. Sweetwater has a 40-26-1 lead overall in the series.
With Ben McGehee as the head coach, there has been no obstacle too big to overcome yet as all four victories have been by at least 25 points. Chris Thompson threw four TD passes and ran for a fifth on Friday, while Snyder was scoreless until the Tigers — who had lost 40-0 to Seminole a week earlier — struck paydirt with 9 seconds left on a 7-yard run. And except for the early fumbles, it was a solid effort by the Mustangs on both sides of the ball.
Daniel Avila had scoring runs of 6 and 28 yards for Sweetwater, now 42-4 since the start of the 2014 season — and its last defeat to Snyder in 2013. After Avila’s first TD put them on the board, Thompson had three scoring passes for the Mustangs in the second period Friday.
First, the senior QB hit on a 35-yard strike to Kobe Clark. That was followed by a 10-yard scoring throw to Clark to make it 19-0, and finally a 2-yarder to Kiante McCoy that came with just 41.3 seconds until halftime.
Thompson then kept the ball on a 4-yard TD run to make the score 32-0 less than two minutes after the start of the third quarter.
A Snyder drive ended with a fumble in Mustang territory, and Thompson threw his fourth TD pass — and third to Clark — for a 38-0 lead. The defense held the Tigers out of the end zone after getting to Sweetwater’s 6, and the offense drove 94 yards in seven plays en route to their final score on a 28-yard Avila run that came with 3:27 left in the game.
“I thought that the kids handled themselves well,” said McGehee, who thought the officials did a poor job of controlling a game that had several personal fouls called on both teams. “I thought the defense played their tails off.”
The Mustangs will not return home until Oct. 6 when Sweetwater plays host to Lamesa.