Young QBs for Mustangs, Plowboys to get another big test today

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

Youth is being served this year at the most important position — quarterback — on the football teams at Sweetwater and Roscoe and will continue to be tonight.
Roscoe’s signal caller is Barrett Beal, a sophomore who stepped into the role after the original starter, Jayden Gonzales, was lost to a foot injury prior to the first game.
Sweetwater currently has a two-quarterback system with freshman Leo Holsey and sophomore Seth Garcia following the 2018 graduation of Chris Thompson — a three-year starter who now plays football for Abilene Christian University.
There were growing pains in the season openers last week. Holsey and Garcia were 10-of-20 for 131 yards and no scores, with three interceptions and a fumble, in a 56-7 loss to Cisco, while Beal was 25-of-42 for 259 yards and two scores, but four interceptions, in a 49-21 loss to Hawley.
No decision on a permanent starter at QB is likely at Sweetwater until the end of non-district play, according to coach Ben McGehee. Four games are scheduled prior to the Mustangs' District 1-4A, D-II opener Sept. 28 at Midland Greenwood. Holsey started against Cisco and went the first two series until Garcia entered late in the first period. Both players also saw action in the second half.
Despite their early difficulties that led to a quick deficit on the scoreboard, both quarterbacks had some good moments as well and they will continue to improve as the season continues. The two will face another test at 7:30 today when the Mustangs host Big Spring, which appears to be greatly improved despite losing 21-12 to Midland Greenwood in its season opener.
Beal, the younger brother of Brayden Beal who was a standout quarterback before him at Roscoe a few years back, had to throw more often than he wanted after Hawley built a 42-point lead in the second half. But he led two fourth-quarter drives that ended in a 17-yard scoring pass to Jose Ortega, followed by a 9-yard Ortega TD run, and Roscoe coach Jake Freeman expects him to be an outstanding signal caller as his career progresses.
Roscoe hosts Stamford at 7:30 p.m. today and will get another stiff test, even though its the Plowboys' home opener. Stamford (1-0) opened with a big 52-13 win over Merkel that was much more lopsided than most observers had expected, since the Badgers were highly regarded entering this season as well.