Category: Sweetwater Mustangs

District 1-4A Div. II Week 9 Report: Snyder falls to Greenwood in overtime

Midland Greenwood 17, Snyder 14 (OT) — The Rangers outlasted the Tigers in overtime, rallying from a 14-0 second-quarter deficit to force the extra period, before winning the game on a19-yard field goal by Rance Purser.

Greenwood (5-3, 3-1) got 200 yards and two touchdowns rushing from standout back Trey Cross, who scored late in the second quarter to pull his team within seven at halftime and late in the third quarter to tie the game.

Snyder (2-5, 0-2), meanwhile, got its touchdowns on a 6-yard run by Jorge Martinez and an 11-yard pass from Hunter Stewart to Cayden Hurtado.

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CAPITAL FARM CREDIT/BCP PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Holsey takes the top spot with big night in Pecos

When I hear about someone having a direct hand in nine touchdowns, my first thought is: which six-man team does he play for?

But Sweetwater junior Leo Holsey managed it at the Class 4A level, on the road in a crucial 62-39 win at Pecos that clinched the District 1-4A DII championship. 

Is he our Capital Farm Credit/Big Country Preps Player of the Week?

Uh … yeah.

Holsey, who hit 11 of 15 throws for 283 yards and five touchdowns, was nearly as devastating with his feet, rushing for 233 yards and four more scores on only 11 carries. 

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District 1-4A Div. II Week 8 Report: Holsey passes, runs Sweetwater past Pecos

Sweetwater 62, Pecos 39 — Quarterback Leo Holsey had a hand in all nine of the Mustangs’ touchdowns, passing for five and rushing for four to help Sweetwater clinch at least a share of the District 1-4A Div. II title with a win over Pecos. 

SHS (6-1, 3-0) led by just seven at halftime (34-27) but was able to pull away after the break, outscoring the Eagles 15-6 in the third quarter and 13-6 in the fourth. 

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Anson QB takes award with first start

Numbers alone don’t always take our Big Country Preps Player of the Week award, though they are usually the top consideration. 

When things get close among the top candidates, other factors begin to weigh in. That was precisely the case with this week’s top spot, which goes to Anson junior quarterback Blake Vinson. 

Vinson, who hit 23 of 32 passes for 367 yards and four scores in a 41-34 win over Stamford, had two factors in his favor that made his effort a bit more noteworthy than some of the area’s other top performances last week. 

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BCP GAME OF THE WEEK: Sweetwater stops Greenwood in overtime classic

SWEETWATER — In recent years, the Sweetwater Mustangs haven’t been associated with winning through defense in the trenches. 

Yet that’s exactly what they did on Friday, knocking off Midland Greenwood 36-30 in overtime in a classic Big Country Preps Game of the Week. 

Leo Holsey threw for 222 yards, rushed for 94 and accounted for four touchdowns to lead Sweetwater (5-1, 2-0 District 1-4A DII), which can now lock up a league title if it beats Pecos on the road next week.  Holsey scored the game winner, pushing his way into the end zone on a 4-yard quarterback sneak in overtime. 

But it was the Sweetwater defense that came up with some of the game’s biggest plays, including a fumble recovery and score by Harrison Foster in the first quarter, a 56-yard pick-6 by Foster in the second quarter, and two short-yardage stops on fourth down  that killed potential scoring drives in the fourth quarter and overtime. 

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District 1-4A Div. II Week 7 Report: Monahans stuns Snyder in blowout win

Monahans 46, Snyder 7 — The Loboes took control early and never relinquished it in a blowout win over the Tigers.

Leading 14-0 after a quarter and 21-7 at halftime, Monahans (3-4, 2-0) put the game away with a 19-0 run through the third quarter.

Snyder, now 2-4 overall and 0-2 in district, got its only touchdown on a 36-yard pass from Hunter Stewart to Mason Haynes.

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS GAME OF THE WEEK: Sweetwater hosts Greenwood in huge district clash (w/ Evan Ren’s Big Country picks)

LAST WEEK: 29-5, .853
SEASON TOTAL: 217-60, .783

Every district has key games you can spot weeks in advance. And every season has games that are worth circling on the calendar.

Friday will bring us to the Mustang Bowl in Sweetwater for exactly that — a crucial district 1-4A DII showdown between SHS (4-1, 1-0) and Midland Greenwood (3-2, 1-0) with the driver’s seat in the league race at stake.

Big Country Preps has something at stake as well, with me having picked Sweetwater to win district prior to the season, when most of the media had chosen Greenwood.

I’m either right or I’m not. And this is likely to be the game which proves it, either way. 

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Eastland’s Behren Morton takes the top spot

Prior to the game, the numbers pointed to a track meet. But nobody was prepared for the more than 1,600 yards in combined total offense produced in last week’s 91-71 Eastland victory over Panhandle. 

It should come as no surprise that the Big Country Preps Player of the Week participated in this artillery barrage, disguised as a football game. 

Eastland senior Behren Morton earns the top spot, after hitting 22 of 32 throws for 405 yards and five touchdowns. The Texas Tech-bound QB also rushed nine times for 196 yards and three scores and was 12 of 13 on extra points. 

By night’s end, he had a direct hand in eight touchdowns and 60 points. And no, this was not a six-man football game. 

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EVAN REN: Sweetwater may redefine what good defense is, or needs to be

SWEETWATER — Prior to the season, much of the attention received by the Sweetwater football team focused around the explosive offense the Mustangs were expected to have. 

This wasn’t difficult to predict — not with a talented junior quarterback with two full varsity seasons under his belt, a bevy of capable receivers and speed all over the field. 

Sweetwater closed last season on a noticeable upswing, averaging 41 points over its last six games last and followed a 1-4 start with a 3-3 finish. 

Those who were paying attention, however, realized that it was the Sweetwater defense, not its offense, that would determine how far the Mustangs would go in 2020. 

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BCP GAME OF THE WEEK: Sweetwater tops Snyder in district opener

SNYDER — An improving defense and an increasingly dangerous receiver gave Sweetwater the winning edge in Friday’s Big Country Preps Game of the Week. 

Knocking off archrival Snyder 47-28, the Mustangs captured, lost and regained the momentum to win the District 1-4A DII opener for both clubs. 

Darian Carr caught four passes for 174 yards and four touchdowns to lift Sweetwater (4-1, 1-0), which put the game away with a 14-0 fourth quarter. 

Snyder (2-3, 0-1) was led by Jorge Martinez, with 35 yards rushing, 73 yards recieving and two combined touchdowns.  

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District 1-4A Div. II Week 6 Report: Sweetwater, Greenwood open with victories

Midland Greenwood 39, Pecos 10 — Standout running back Trey Cross rushed for 371 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Rangers (3-2, 1-0) to an easy win over the  Eagles in the district opener for both teams.

Aaron Fikes (6-114, 1 TD) also topped the 100-yard rushing mark for Greenwood, which outgained Pecos (2-3, 0-1) by a  547-167 margin and held a 20-3 advantage at halftime.

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS GAME OF THE WEEK: Tigers play host to Mustangs in district opener (w/ Evan Ren’s Big Country Picks)

LAST WEEK: 36-8, .818
SEASON TOTAL: 188-55, .773

With much of the Big Country enjoying an off week to prepare for district play, there were far fewer games to choose from in Week 6.

Nonetheless, the area has produced some quality matchups as always, with a rivalry game between Sweetwater and Snyder topping our list.

Our Big Country Preps Game of the Week will take place at beautiful Tiger Stadium in Snyder, where the Tigers (2-2) will take on the Mustangs (3-1) for the 73rd time since 1925. 

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District 1-4A Div. II Week 5 Report: Holsey, Saddler fuel Mustangs to third straight win

Sweetwater 54, Clyde 10 — Leo Holsey passed for 219 yards and four touchdowns and Kemarion Saddler rushed for 129 yards and two scores to lead the Mustangs to their third consecutive win.

SHS (3-1), which outgained the Bulldogs 494-246, built a 28-10 lead by halftime before putting the game away with a 19-0 run through the third quarter.

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS GAME OF THE WEEK: Hawley tangles with upstart Dragons (w/ Evan Ren’s Big Country picks)

LAST WEEK: 36-12, .750
SEASON TOTAL: 152-47, .763

I have not been to Bangs for a Game of the Week since 2013 — the last time the Dragons posted more than six wins in a season and the last winning record they had prior to last year’s 6-5 mark.

That drought ends tomorrow, when I travel to BHS for an interesting showdown between the Dragons (3-0) and Class 2A Division I power Hawley (3-1).

Bangs has the better overall numbers, but Hawley has faced a slightly tougher overall schedule, making this pick a perplexing one.

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Snyder defensive specialist snags this week’s award

Benitez photo courtesy of Kassi Westermann

While a libero seldom gets as much attention as volleyball’s glamour positions up front, there are times when these defensive specialists make themselves so valuable they can’t be ignored, even in a losing effort.

That was the case last week with Snyder junior Abby Benitez in a pair of dual matches against Monahans and Odessa Permian on Tuesday, followed by another against Jim Ned and Denver City on Saturday.  The Lady Tigers didn’t register a single win, but Benitez’s hustle was astonishing enough to earn her our Big Country Preps Player of the Week award for  the week ending Sept. 19.

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District 1-4A Div. II Week 4 Report: Sweetwater upsets Boerne for second straight win

Leo Holsey

Sweetwater 40, Boerne 35 — The Mustangs put up 350 yards of total offense, most of that through the air, and took advantage of two pivotal turnovers to spoil homecoming for the previously unbeaten Greyhounds.

Trailing 21-20 at halftime, Sweetwater (2-1) used a pick-six early in the third quarter to regain the lead and got a pair of Leo Holsey touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to keep Boerne at arm’s length.

Holsey, last week’s Big Country Preps Player of the Week, finished with four touchdown passes to improve his season total to nine.

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Big Country Preps’ Pick ‘Em Panel (Week 4)

Each week here at Big Country Preps, we’ll post our picks for all of that week’s 11-man games, in addition to the results of Evan Ren’s Twitter polls for each matchup.

For those interested in voting, polls go up on Monday night each week and close Thursday morning.

Disagree with our picks or the Twitter consensus? Let us know in the comments section below.

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS GAME OF THE WEEK: Jim Ned heads to Cisco for interclass showdown

LAST WEEK: 42-9, .824
SEASON TOTAL: 116-35, .740

Week 4 arrives and I’m finally hitting my stride on pick accuracy.

It’s been an odd year thus far, both in terms of results and overall feel. It’s been tough to gauge.

Nonetheless, we’re hitting the road once again this Friday, with the Big Country Preps Game of the Week landing at Chesley Field in Cisco, where the Loboes (2-1) will play host to a Jim Ned club that is two divisions larger than they are.

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FEATURE: Sweetwater volleyball odyssey beyond Bell’s experience

Although only in her second year at Sweetwater, Mitzi Bell has been coaching volleyball for almost a quarter century.  

However, no previous experience could have prepared her for what has been a rollercoaster 2020 campaign. From impressive summer workout numbers to then losing senior setter Mia Valdez for extended time due to injury.  

From finally playing matches that count to having nine players quarantining after a positive COVID-19 case. From orchestrating sub-varsity workouts in separate gyms to Saturday when all the Lady Mustangs were finally on the same court. 

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Holsey takes the award in win over Lake View

We have said all along that the Sweetwater Mustangs would be among the most explosive teams in the Big Country in 2020, and Friday gave us a glimpse of it. 

Led by our Big Country Preps Player of the Week, Leo Holsey, SHS amassed nearly 700 yards in total offense in a 58-42 win over San Angelo Lake View. 

A junior in his third varsity season, Holsey hit 14 of 26 throws for 254 yards and four scores and rushed for 111 and three more TDs to help the Mustangs improve to 1-1. He finished the day with 365 total yards and a direct hand in seven scores.  

“He came out focused and prepared,” Sweetwater coach Ben McGehee said. “I thought he did a great job running the offense all night in the run and passing game.”

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District 1-4A Div. II Week 3 Report: Snyder routs Lamesa for first win

Snyder 40, Lamesa 8 — After a couple of hard-fought losses to open the season, the Tigers broke into the win column Friday, routing former district mate Lamesa to move to 1-2 on the year.

Snyder led 20-0 by halftime and was never threatened after that, posting its highest scoring total in Wes Wood’s 14 games as head coach.

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Big Country Preps’ Pick ‘Em Panel (Week 3)

Each week here at Big Country Preps, we’ll post our picks for all of that week’s 11-man games, in addition to the results of Evan Ren’s Twitter polls for each matchup.

For those interested in voting, polls go up on Monday night each week and close Thursday morning.

Disagree with our picks or the Twitter consensus? Let us know in the comments section below.

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