Category: Sweetwater Mustangs

BIG COUNTRY PREPS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Wylie QB Long leads another thrilling comeback to claim award

With the Wylie football team’s season on the line, facing a 40-30 deficit with less than six minutes remaining, the Bulldogs needed an epic comeback to rally past Colleyville Heritage on Friday at Grapevine’s Mustang-Panther Stadium.

Fortunately for coach Clay Martin’s squad, their senior quarterback has made a habit of leading those this year.

After throwing just his sixth interception on a fourth-down play midway through the final quarter, KJ Long was given new life when his defense forced and recovered a quick fumble. He made the most of it by leading a pair of quick scoring drives — the last to put the Bulldogs 43-40 with three seconds left on the clock — to fuel his team to a wild 50-40 area-round win and earn this week’s Big Country Preps Player of the Week award.

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Big Country Preps Boys Basketball Position Rankings: Posts

After highlighting the Big Country’s top guards and forwards the past two nights, we now take a look at the area’s best big men.

For the final installment in our three-part boys basketball position rankings series, we rank the Big Country’s top 10 post players.

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading through our rankings, and make sure to check back for all our boys and girls basketball coverage this season.

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Big Country Preps Boys Basketball Position Rankings: Guards

With boys basketball season beginning this week, it’s time to shine a spotlight on some of the players you’ll be reading about throughout the 2022-23 season.

For the first installment in a three-part series that will cover all positions on the area boys basketball scene, we’ll be taking a look at the Big Country’s top guards, ranking our top 10 with a list of others to watch this winter.

We hope you enjoy reading through our list.

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DISTRICT 3-4A DIV. II WEEK 11 REPORT: Snyder shuts out rival Sweetwater to lock up playoff spot

Snyder 28, Sweetwater 0 — The Tigers outgained the Mustangs 312-177 and and forced four turnovers to lock up a playoff spot with a four-touchdown win over the Mustangs.

Snyder (4-6, 2-2), which got three rushing scores from Esteban Cabrera (15-85 rushing), raced out to a 21-0 lead by halftime and completed the shutout in the second half, finishing with three sacks and four interceptions in the process.

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Big Country Preps Girls Basketball Position Rankings: Posts

After focusing on the top guards and forwards the Big Country has to offer the past two nights, it’s time to shift our attention to the paint.

For the final installment in our three-part position rankings series, we list our top-10 post players for the 2022-23 season.

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading through these rankings, and make sure to come back next week when we’ll feature the top boys basketball players in the Big Country.

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Big Country Preps Girls Basketball Position Rankings: Forwards

After kicking off our girls basketball position rankings series with the guards on Tuesday, we now turn our attention to the forwards.

For the second installment in our three-part series, we rank the area’s top 10 players at that position with some others to watch for in 2022-23.

We hope you enjoy our list.

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Big Country Preps Girls Basketball Position Rankings: Guards

With the girls basketball season upon us, it’s time to take a look at the local and area players who will be making the biggest impact for their teams during the 2022-23 season.

For the first installment in a three-part series that will cover all positions, we’ll be focusing on the Big Country’s top guards, ranking our top 10 with a list of others to watch this season.

As with any such list, these rankings are subjective. We hope you enjoy reading through our selections.

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DISTRICT 3-4A DIV. II WEEK 10 REPORT: Hirschi runs away from Sweetwater; Graham tops Greenwood

Wichita Falls Hirschi 53, Sweetwater 7 — The Huskies took care of business against the Mustangs, using a big second half to pull away for a blowout win.

Leading 21-7 at halftime, Hirschi (6-2, 2-1) outscored Sweetwater 32-0 over the final two periods to drop the Mustangs to 1-8 overall and 0-3 in league play.

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DISTRICT 3-4A DIV. II WEEK 9 REPORT: Snyder can’t keep up with Hirschi; Sweetwater routed by Graham

Wichita Falls Hirschi 56, Snyder 14 — The injury-plagued Tigers were little match for the shorthanded Huskies, surrendering 244 yards rushing in a lopsided loss.

Behind a strong performance from running back Ken’Dron Worthy, who had 131 yards and two touchdowns on just 11 carries, Hirschi (5-2, 1-1) built a 35-7 halftime lead that it extended to 49-7 by the start of the fourth quarter. Javian Frazier also had a big night for the Huskies, rushing for 71 yards and three scores on seven attempts as HHS played without suspended stars A’Marion Peterson and Jamarion Carroll.

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DISTRICT 3-4A DIV. II WEEK 8 REPORT: Snyder picks up big win over Graham; Greenwood too much for Sweetwater

Snyder 35, Graham 21 — Easton Stewart passed for 289 yards and five touchdowns to fuel the Tigers to a two-touchdown win over a short-handed Steers squad.

Playing a Graham team that was without several key players due to suspensions resulting from last week’s brawl with Wichita Falls Hirschi, Snyder (3-5, 1-1) raced out to a 21-7 halftime lead and never let the Steers (4-4, 0-2) wrestle control away in the second half.

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DISTRICT 3-4A DIV. II WEEK 7 REPORT: Greenwood pulls away from Snyder in league-opening win

Midland Greenwood 35, Snyder 13 — The Rangers outgained the Tigers 455-276 in a comfortable win over the Tigers, outscoring SHS 13-0 in the second to put the game away.

Greenwood got a big game from quarterback Dylan Dominguez, who passed for 120 yards and one touchdown on just 3-of-4 passing, while rushing for 65 yards and three more scores. Running back Aaron Fikes (21-177, 1 TD rushing) and receiver Rance Purser (2-111, 1 TD receiving) also had strong performances as the Rangers (4-3 overall) improved to 1-0 in league play.

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DISTRICT 3-4A DIV. II WEEK 6 REPORT: Sweetwater falls to Estacado; Snyder can’t keep pace with Holliday

Lubbock Estacado 24, Sweetwater 7 — The Matadors stymied the Mustang offense, limiting SHS to a single touchdown in a three-score victory.

Sweetwater (1-5) opened the scoring with a 12-yard touchdown run by Uriah Martinez, but Estacado responded with a seven-yard touchdown drive and a defensive score to take a 14-7 lead at half. The Matadors then outscored the Mustangs 10-0 in the second half, getting a touchdown run and a field goal to put the finishing touches on the win.

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DISTRICT 3-4A DIV. II WEEK 5 REPORT: Sweetwater, Snyder drop tough games

Clyde 29, Sweetwater 28 (OT) — The Mustangs fell just short in overtime, surrendering a game-ending two-point conversion to drop a heartbreaker to the Bulldogs.

Sweetwater (1-4) led 15-14 at halftime and held a 21-14 lead in the fourth quarter, but Clyde rallied to tie the game by the end of regulation and answered a Mustangs touchdown in overtime with a TD and two-point conversion to claim the win.

Blake Carr led the effort for CHS, passing for 253 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for a team-high 61 yards and another score. Sweetwater, which rushed for 237 of its 310 yards, was paced by Jadyn Forbes (3-6-0—21, 1 TD passing; 11-99 rushing; 1-17 receiving) and Jamarian Amos (20-88, 1 TD rushing; 2-16, 1 TD receiving). 

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DISTRICT 3-4A DIV. I WEEK 4 REPORT: Snyder falls to Monahans; Sweetwater can’t solve Big Spring

Monahans 48, Snyder 21 — The Tigers couldn’t keep up with the Loboes, allowing 35 first-half points in a lopsided loss to MHS.

Snyder (2-2) finished with just 285 yards of total offense, passing for 140 and rushing for 145. Monahans, meanwhile, gained 397 total yards — 275 on the ground — and took advantage of two Tiger turnovers.

SHS was led in the loss by Easton Stewart, who went 13-of-18 passing for 127 yards with two touchdown and an interception while adding 35 yards rushing. Dom Dominguez, meanwhile, added 82 yards and one TD rushing wand 37 yards and another score receiving.

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS GAME OF THE WEEK: Brownwood entertains red hot Glen Rose (w/ Evan Ren’s Big Country picks)

LAST WEEK: 51-10, .836
SEASON TOTAL: 131-42, .757

Football picks are something I take pride in and it irritates me to no end when I stink it up. So let’s just say, I burned some midnight oil to get that situation corrected last week. 

As a result, the column recovered with a solid .836 percentage in Week 3, salvaging my bruised ego after a disastrous Week 2 tally. In all, 51 of 61 area picks hit the mark last week, elevating my season’s record above 75 percent. 

That’s more like it.

Week 4 in the meantime, presents a lineup of some of the most difficult area picks we’ve had this season — including an explosive Glen Rose team facing Brownwood in our BCP Game of the Week. Let’s dive in, shall we? 

Here’s this week’s forecast: 

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CAPITAL FARM CREDIT/BCP PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Clyde quarterback takes the top spot

In a week that featured several performances worthy of capturing the Capital Farm Credit/BCP Player of the Week award, Clyde quarterback Blake Carr narrowly captured the top spot with an explosive performance in a 41-21 win over Merkel. 

Carr, a junior, hit 18 of 23 passes for 311 yards and four scores as CHS improved to 2-1 on the year.  He also rushed six times for 106 yards and a fifth touchdown on a 46-yard run.

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