Archive - Nov 2012 - Sports Article
For three quarters, Sweet-water looked like anything but an underdog Friday in its District 4-3A showdown with the Monahans Loboes, piling up a 35-14 advantage that could probably have been even larger.
But the Mustangsâ€™ dream of taking a giant step tow-ard their first playoff berth in four years took a drastic turn in the fourth quarter and resulted in a nightmar-ish finish at Mustang Bowl.
Instead of a Sweetwater blowout, Monahans rose up to score 25 unanswered points and leave the Bowl with a stunning 39-35 win, clinching a postseason spot for the Loboes (5-4 overall, 3-1 in 4-3A).
Blackwell got into the win column in District 8, Division II Six-Man football for the first time Friday, but Nolan Countyâ€™s other two area schools were on the short end of onesided losses.
Blackwell 48, Lohn 0
BLACKWELL â€” In its final home game of the year, Blackwell needed just one half to win by the 45-point mercy rule while improving to 1-1 in district and 4-5 for the season.
SWEETWATER VARSITY GIRLS
Nov. 6 â€” at Highland
Nov. 9 â€” at SA Lake View
Nov. 13 â€” at WF Hirschi
Nov. 16 â€” Abilene High
Nov. 19 â€” Early
Nov. 27 â€” Abernathy
Nov. 29-Dec. 1 â€” Ballinger tournament
Dec. 4 â€” at Merkel
Dec. 6-8 â€” Stanton tournament
Dec. 11 â€” Brownwood
Dec. 14 â€“ at Graham
Dec. 18 â€” at Colorado City
Dec. 27-29 â€” Slaton tournament
Jan. 4 â€” +at Big Spring
Jan. 8 â€” +Midland Greenwood
Jan. 11 â€” +Monahans
Jan. 15 â€” +at Snyder
Jan. 18 â€” +at Wylie
Jan. 22 â€” +Big Spring
Jan. 25 â€” +at Midland Greenwood
Jan. 29 â€” +at Monahans
Feb. 1 â€” +Snyder
Feb. 5 â€” +Wylie
It all comes down to this: the winner of todayâ€™s Sweetwater vs. Monahans game at Mustang Bowl will take a big step toward and possibly make the playoffs that begin in two weeks.
The teams have identical 2-1 records in District 4-3A and are locked in a second-place tie in the district behind Wylie (3-0) with just two games left.
Sweetwater is seeking its first playoff berth in four years, while Monahans was a state semifinalist this past season and was considered, along with Wylie, the dist-rict favorite by most pre-season prognosticators.
These Highland girls will be competing in a regional cross country meet on Saturday at Arlingtonâ€™s Vandergriff Park along with several Highland boys. From left are Lora Stewart, Maddie Moseley, Kailee Hall, Beth Richburg, Taylar Hammond, Sabrina Romero and Hannah Allen.
The Highland regional boys qualifiers are Sheldon Hall, Eli Shelton, Kevin Box, Brenden Huckabee and Jeremy Hall.
Roscoeâ€™s Mirian Solis will also be competing at the regional cross country meet.
According to the so-called experts, this wasnâ€™t the year Sweetwater was supposed to get back to the playoffs.
Yet thatâ€™s exactly what will happen if the Mustangs (4-4, 2-1) defeat Monahans (4-4, 2-1) Friday at Mustang Bowl in the kind of game that will have a playoff-type atmosphere at kickoff.
â€śThe kids are excited,â€ť coach Shane Mobley said on Wednesday. â€śI think they are going to play with a lot of adrenaline and effort. It should be a good game.â€ť
Highlandâ€™s playoff hopes will be on the line today when the Hornets travel to Ira.
Highland (5-4) is coming off its first loss in six games, a 76-62 setback against Rotan in the Hornetsâ€™ district opener, while Ira is unbeaten at 8-0 and crushed Hermleigh 66-6 in its first district game.
With only three district games and two playoff qualifiers out of the four teams, the Hornets canâ€™t afford another loss. Todayâ€™s game was moved up by one day because both Highland and Ira have several athletes who will in Arlington on Saturday to com-pete in a regional cross country meet.