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.