Category: Sweetwater Mustangs

District 1-4A Div. II Week 8 Report: Snyder rides fast start to win over previously unbeaten Monahans

Snyder 28, Monahans 21 — The Tigers bounced back from last week’s loss to rival Sweetwater with a huge victory, handing the Loboes their first defeat of the season.

Coach Wes Wood’s squad (6-2, 1-1) played an outstanding first half, using 21 second-quarter points to take a 28-0 lead into the halftime break, before Monahans (6-1, 0-1) rallied in the final two quarters to pull within a touchdown.

Snyder was outgained 430-282 and lost the turnover battle 2-1, but the Tigers made the plays they needed to hang on for the win, forcing a turnover on downs inside their own 20 in the final minute to preserve the victory. Jorge Martinez led the effort for SHS, rushing for touchdowns of 74 and 71 yards and intercepting a pass to set up a 37-yard TD reception by Tim Henderson.

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS GAME OF THE WEEK: Roscoe travels to Ralls for crucial district game (w/ Evan Ren’s Big Country Picks)

LAST WEEK: 40-7, .851
SEASON TOTAL: 287-63, .820

Week 8? Are you kidding?

I ask the same question, or some variant of it virtually every year. We just finished with two-a-days. How can we possibly be this deep in the season so quickly?

Yet hear we are. A cold weather snap approaching. Thanksgiving right around the corner —as are the playoffs.

This week’s Game of the Week will see me traveling north to Ralls where the surprising Roscoe Plowboys, off to their best start in years, will be in a showdown for the district lead.

The column hit at 85 percent accuracy last week and is now up to 82 percent on the year. So we’ll see if we can keep the momentum going through the home stretch.

Let’s have a look at this week’s picks: 

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Big Country Preps’ Pick ‘Em Panel vs. Twitter Polls (Week 8)

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 Volleyball Statistical Leaders (through Oct. 12)

Big Country Preps is publishing area volleyball statistical leaders each Tuesday at 7 p.m.

This database will be continually updated for our subscribers throughout the remainder of the season, using only those statistics submitted by area coaches.

We will continually update the database throughout the regular season.

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District 1-4A Div. II Week 7 Report: Greenwood routs Pecos, Sweetwater tops archrival Snyder

Midland Greenwood 42, Pecos 17 — The Rangers finally got untracked offensively, racking up 396 yards and six touchdowns in blowout win over the Eagles.

Greenwood (3-3, 1-0), which had come in averaging just 15.6 points per game, led 28-10 by halftime and scored the first touchdown out of the break to end any hopes of a comeback for Pecos (4-3, 0-1).

The Rangers, who ran for 280 yards, were led by Aaron Fikes, who rushed for 141 yards and three touchdowns, and Ty Flowers, who passed for 116 yards and one TD and added 51 yards rushing. Ezekiel Saldana paced the Eagles, rushing for 260 of the their 386 total yards, but he accounted for two of Pecos’ three turnovers, fumbling twice.

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GAME STORY: Sweetwater outlasts Snyder for thrilling 42-37 win

SWEETWATER — Leo Holsey accounted for five touchdowns and the Sweetwater football team outlasted Snyder 42-37 in the District 1-4A Division II opener Friday night at the Mustang Bowl.

Holsey ran for three scores and threw for two more as the Mustangs improved to 4-3 overall and 1-0 in district in coach Russell Lucas’ debut season.

Snyder, which got 235 yards rushing and three touchdowns from Jorge Martinez, dropped to 5-2 on the year and 0-1 in district.

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS GAME OF WEEK: Unbeaten Early, Jim Ned clash in huge district opener (w/ Evan Ren’s Big Country Picks)

LAST WEEK: 39-4, .906
SEASON TOTAL: 247-56, .815

Gramps Ren is back in the groove, hitting over 90 percent of his picks a week ago, to push this column’s season percentage to .815 as we head into district play across the area.

Whether or not I can keep the momentum remains to be seen, entering what might be the toughest week of area picks I’ve seen this year, with multiple games that I would rate as near-tossups.

This week’s Big Country Preps Game of the Week will see us heading to Tuscola where Jim Ned will begin its District 3-3A DI title defense against a red-hot, unbeaten team from Early.

Let’s have a look at this week’s picks …

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Big Country Volleyball Statistical Leaders (through Oct. 5)

Big Country Preps is publishing area volleyball statistical leaders each Tuesday at 7 p.m.

This database will be continually updated for our subscribers throughout the remainder of the season, using only those statistics submitted by area coaches.

We will continually update the database throughout the regular season.

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CAPITAL FARM CREDIT/BCP PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Sweetwater QB Holsey takes the spotlight

A quick look at the box score from Sweetwater’s 70-54 win over Eastland and one just knew that the Capital Farm Credit/Big Country Preps Player of the Week was located somewhere in that massive pile of numbers. 

SHS quarterback Leo Holsey emerged as the top man, hitting 17 of 19 throws for 434 yards and six touchdowns.

Add his 101 yards rushing on 15 carries with three more scores and the choice was made easy — even on a night with 1,277 yards in combined total offense between the two teams. 

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District 1-4A Div. II Week 6 Report: Holsey leads Sweetwater to wild win over Eastland

Sweetwater 70, Eastland 54 — Leo Holsey passed for 434 yards and six touchdowns and rushed for three more scores to lead the Mustangs to a wild win at the Mustang Bowl.

Sweetwater (3-3), which led 42-27 at halftime, won despite allowing 658 yards of total offense, including a combined 346 yards and four TDs passing between Eastland quarterbacks Keaton Hicks and Cooper Wright. 

Harrison Foster (6-156, 2 TDs) and Ethan Brockman (5-106, 2 TDs) both had big nights receiving for the Mustangs, who also got 148 total yards (97 rushing, 51 receiving) from Malik Brown in the win. 

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS GAME OF THE WEEK: Steers plays host to Littlefield, Gramps Ren rebounds (w/ Evan Ren’s Big Country Picks)

LAST WEEK: 45-6, .882
SEASON TOTAL: 208-52, .800

After a disastrous night of picking football games on Sept. 19 that saw his season percentage dip below .800, Gramps Ren has rebounded. Thank you, thank you. 

Last Friday saw this column hit with more than 88 percent accuracy on games throughout the Big Country, pulling its season percentage to an even .800 as we hit the season’s midpoint. 

This week I’ll be heading west — way West — to the very edge of our coverage area to get a first-hand look at the Big Spring Steers in their matchup with Littlefield in our Big Country Preps Game of the Week. 

Let’s dive in to this week’s picks, shall we? 

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CAPITAL FARM CREDIT/BCP PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Snyder’s Benitez takes the top spot

Defensive specialists seldom get the attention they deserve in volleyball. Not unlike offensive linemen in football, who do the dirty work behind the scenes that enables the glamour positions to shine. 

That isn’t the case at Big Country Preps, where we take pride in giving credit to those willing to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty. 

Snyder libero Abby Benitez, perhaps the best defender in the entire Big Country, fits that mold and has captured our Capital Farm Credit/Big Country Preps Player of the Week award for the week ending Sept. 25. 

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District 1-4A Div. II Week 5 Report: Holsey, Sweetwater too much for Clyde in nondistrict romp

Sweetwater 42, Clyde 21 — The Mustangs piled up 526 yards of total offense, rushing for 289 and passing for 237, in a three-touchdown win over the Bulldogs.

Sweetwater (2-3) outscored the Bulldogs 27-7 over the first two quarters, before putting the game away with the only touchdown of the third period.

Quarterback Leo Holsey spearheaded the winning effort for the Mustangs, passing for four touchdowns while adding a fifth score on the ground. Ethan Aguilar was the Mustangs leading rusher with 110 yards and a touchdown on just six carries, while Harrison Foster was the leading receiver with six catches for 129 yards and a TD.

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS GAME OF THE WEEK: Jim Ned, Snyder clash in battle of unbeatens (w/ Evan Ren’s Big Country picks)

LAST WEEK: 36-16, .692
OVERALL: 163-46, .779

After four straight weeks of picking 80 percent or better, the USS Ren ran aground last Friday, bottoming out with a season-low .692 percentage and dropping my season tally to .779.

I generally like to be above 80 percent by midseason, so last Friday served as a wakeup call. Actually, it was more of a gut punch. But I’ll get over it.

This week’s Big Country Preps Game of the Week will see me traveling to Snyder, where the unbeaten Class 4A Tigers will play host to 3A DI state champion Jim Ned in what should be an absolutely electric atmosphere. 

You all set? Let’s dive in to this week’s picks. 

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Big Country Volleyball Statistical Leaders (through Sept. 21)

Big Country Preps is publishing area volleyball statistical leaders each Tuesday at 7 p.m.

This database will be continually updated for our subscribers throughout the remainder of the season, using only those statistics submitted by area coaches.

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District 1-4A Div. II Week 4 Report: Snyder blasts Lake View to improve to 4-0

Snyder 42, San Angelo Lake View 7 — The Tigers dominated the Chiefs, scoring 35 unanswered points after Lake View had tied the game at 7 with a touchdown late in the first quarter.

Snyder, which outgained the Chiefs 404-208, led 21-7 by halftime and added three more touchdowns after the break to improve to 4-0 on the year.

The Tigers were led in the win by Jorge Martinez, who rushed for 174 yards and three touchdowns on just 17 carries, while quarterback Hunter Stewart completed 11 of 15 passes for 144 yards and added 41 yards and one TD rushing. 

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Big Country Volleyball Statistical Leaders (through Sept. 14)

Big Country Preps is publishing area volleyball statistical leaders each Tuesday at 7 p.m.

This database will be continually updated for our subscribers throughout the remainder of the season, using only those statistics submitted by area coaches.

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FEATURE: Talented Potts lifts up Sweetwater volleyball team

Portrait by Brandi Dent Photography in Sweetwater.  Action photo by Will McClure

There’s no denying the impact of versatile senior Jazzane Potts on the Sweetwater volleyball team. The Lady Mustangs opened this season 1-12 while Potts was undergoing treatment on both her knees, but Sweetwater is 6-5 since her return.

Sweetwater (7-17) had won five consecutive matches entering Tuesday’s nondistrict match at Wall.

“We were sending her to three different doctors,” third-year Sweetwater coach Mitzi Bell said Monday. “We kept asking Jazzane, ‘Are you cleared yet? Are you cleared yet?’”

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CAPITAL FARM CREDIT/BCP PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Clyde’s Phillips takes this week’s top spot

Clyde junior Payton Phillips first hit the area radar screen last spring when she took double gold at the Region I-3A track meet in the both the long jump and 100 hurdles. 

But our Capital Farm Credit/Big Country Preps Player of the Week is also one of the area’s top volleyball setters as well, as last week’s effort in a three-set win over Graham and four-set loss to Stephenville illustrated. 

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District 1-4A Div. II Week 3 Report: Mustangs rout Lake View for 700th win in program history

Sweetwater 47, San Angelo Lake View 20 — The Mustangs claimed their 700th win in program history, piling up 493 yards of total offense in a dominating effort.

Senior quarterback Leo Holsey led the winning effort, passing for two touchdowns and rushing for another to help SHS improve to 1-2 on the season.

Lake View, which was limited to 347 yards and had a pair of turnovers, was paced by quarterback Cade Henry, who passed for 173 yards with a touchdown and an interception. 

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BIG COUNTRY PREPS GAME OF THE WEEK: Brady cancels, Ren goes scrambling (w/ Evan Ren’s Big Country Picks)

LAST WEEK: 42-9, .823
SEASON TOTAL: 85-21, .801

I was very much looking forward to our Big Country Preps Game of the Week – Coleman (2-0) at Brady (2-0). Unfortunately, COVID intervened by midweek, forcing a cancellation of the contest.

On a positive note, there are several other quality games throughout the area for us to focus on, and (taking a bow) the column is already hitting over 80 percent on picks and we’re only in Week 3.

Numbers of that sort are generally reserved for Weeks 7-10, so I’m feeling pressure to keep the early momentum going.

In the absence of our Game of the Week, I’ll be heading to Cross Plains on Friday, where Haskell will be paying a visit to the Buffaloes (COVID allowing, of course).

Let’s dive in to this week’s picks:

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District 1-4A Div. II Week 2 Report: Snyder cruises past Levelland to stay unbeaten

Snyder 45, Levelland 7 — The Tigers improved to 2-0 with an impressive win over the Lobos, racing out to a 31-7 halftime lead and cruising from there to a 38-point victory.

Hunter Stewart hit all 10 of his passes for 127 yards and a touchdown while also rushing for 58 yards and two scores to lead the SHS offense. Jorge Martinez also had a nice day running the ball, finishing with 78 yards and a TD on seven carries, while Tim Henderson (5-79, 1 TD) was the Tigers’ top receiver.

Snyder outgained Levelland 364-240, rushing for 237 yards in the victory.

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