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SWEETWATER — Through 3½ hours, two lightning delays and five jams that saw runners in scoring position, Big Spring right-hander Maddie Daniels somehow managed the outward appearance of being calm in Friday’s game at Sweetwater.
That was for the benefit of her teammates.
On the inside, she was anything but relaxed as she battled through a marathon 4-3 win over their District 5-4A rival.
Midland Greenwood 21, Big Spring 12 — Coach Mitch McLemore’s Steers looked good in their opener, holding a strong Greenwood offense to just three touchdowns while putting up 355 yards of total offense.
Most of that production came through the air, where sophomore quarterback Ethan Cortez hit on 16 of 27 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. That Big Spring’s quarterback play was so solid against a talented and experienced defense is a good sign for the Steers going forward because this is a team with a lot of skill talent around that position.
Mark my words: Big Spring’s losing streak, which hit 26 games with Friday’s loss, is coming to an end in the near future — perhaps even this week at Sweetwater.
If all you know about Big Spring senior Jeremiah Cooley is that he’s a gifted athlete, you’re missing the best parts of his story.
If all you know about his brother, Michael Felton, is that he’s a junior high coach for the Steers, you’ll soon learn why.
Cooley, a Hurricane Katrina survivor, has been through a lot to get where he is today. And perhaps no one is more responsible for shaping him into the young man he’s become than Felton, who — at 25 years old; he’ll turn 26 next month — is legal guardian to Cooley and his other five siblings.
That arrangement, born about a year ago of circumstances beyond either’s control, has at times been a turbulent one. But the two have found a groove off the field that could help Cooley achieve his lofty goals on it.
Mitch McLemore’s first year as the Big Spring football coach came with its share of growing pains. Facing a difficult schedule with a young roster, the Steers finished 0-10, experiencing their second consecutive winless campaign and extending their losing streak to 25 games dating back to September of 2015.
With that pain now in the rear view, McLemore is ready to enjoy the growth in Year 2. And buoyed by the return of 20 lettermen, including six starters on both sides of the ball, the former Stamford assistant has full faith that better days lie ahead.