Archive - Oct 31, 2013 - Sports Article
Sweetwater will make the three-hour trip to Monahans on Friday seeking a win â€” a win that would not only greatly improve its chances of making the postseason, but also be a huge boost to the football program.
The Mustangs (1-2 district, 3-5) will face a Loboes team that sits atop the 4-3A race with a perfect 3-o mark â€” but needed a big fourth-quarter rally to win 35-34 over Snyder last week.
Snyder, which fell to 1-2 in district, held a 34-21 lead with 7:41 to play after a 100-yard interception return.
Talk about a tough as-signment. Highland takes on the stateâ€™s No. 1-ranked team in Six-Man Division I tonight at 7:30 p.m.
But Ira (8-0) isnâ€™t the only team in Highlandâ€™s district with a long winning streak. The Hornets (5-3) have won five straight since an inaus-picious 0-3 start. In that time, Highland has defeated Sands, Trent, Lueders-Avoca, Blackwell and Rotan and risen to No. 16 in D-I. The Hornets need only one win in their last two games to make the Six-Man playoffs, which would end a postseason drought dating to 2009 when Highland advanced to the state finals in Division II.
Blackwellâ€™s football team has something in common with the government. Both have been experienced a recent shutdown.
Blackwell (6-1) has been idle the past two weeks after losing its final non-district game, 76-60, to Highland on Oct. 11.
At the time, the Hornets thought their six-game win-ning streak was the only thing ending. But in addition to a scheduled open date Oct. 18, they discovered two of the other three teams in their district (8 Six-Man) â€” Lohn and Panther Creek â€” had cancelled the rest of their season and all three of their district games, due to a lack of players.
With a 4-4 record, Roscoe has already doubled its win total from last season.
But an even bigger goal â€” making the playoffs â€” is still in sight for coach Jake Freemanâ€™s team. And right now, the Plowboys are on a two-game roll with wins over Ranger (46-36) and Gorman (71-8) that have put them in a three-way tie for third place with Cross Plains and Roby. All three are 3-2 in District 7-1A, Div. II with two games left.
Sweetwater was prepared to wrap up a playoff berth by defeating Snyder here Tuesday in its final volley-ball match of the season. But a funny thing happened â€” the officials failed to show up and the teamsâ€™ match was rescheduled for Wed-nesday at Mustang Gym.
Fortunately, the delay didnâ€™t seem to hurt Sweet-water. Except for a meltdown in Game 3, the Lady Mustangs dominated the Lady Tigers as they won in four games by scores of 25-16, 25-14, 19-25 and 25-10. The win ended a five-year postseason drought for Sweetwater, which is back in the playoffs for the first time since 2008.