Sweetwater, Snyder are in same football district again

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

The Sweetwater-Snyder rivalry will heat up a bit more after today's news that the Mustangs and Tigers have been placed in the same football district starting with the 2018-19 school year.
While the two schools are currently in the same district in other team sports — baseball, basketball, golf, softball, tennis, track and volleyball — they will now also be in the same football district for the first time since 2013, thanks to the University Interscholastic League’s biennial realignment which was announced on Thursday.
Sweetwater and Snyder will be joined by five other current football members of District 2-4A, Division II — Fort Stockton, Greenwood, Lamesa, Monahans and Pecos — in what will be District 1-4A, D-II. Seminole, the other member of Sweetwater’s current district, will become part of District 2-4A, D-I with Andrews, Big Spring and San Angelo Lake View.
For the past four years, Snyder has been in District 3-4A, D-I with Abilene Wylie, Big Spring, Brownwood and Stephenville. However, the Tigers have maintained their football rivalry with Sweetwater since 2013 by playing non-district games against the Mustangs.
Sweetwater head football coach and athletic director Ben McGehee has tentatively scheduled non-district games against Cisco, Big Spring, Wichita Falls Hirschi and Iowa Park, as well as preseason scrimmages with Midland Christian and Lubbock Coronado.
Sweetwater and Snyder were also placed by the UIL in the same basketball district —5-4A — for at least the next two years along with Big Spring, Greenwood and Lake View. The current 5-4A district, in addition to Sweetwater and Snyder, includes Big Spring, Brownwood and Abilene Wylie in basketball as well as all other team sports except football.
A more complete story will appear in Friday's print and online editions.