With just a week left until the season opener against Eastland on Aug. 31 at the Sammy Baugh Classic, Sweetwater head football coach Shane Mobley is hop-ing to get a good evaluation of his team in todayâs final scrimmage against San Angelo Lake View at the Chiefsâ stadium.
Though it will be played primarily under a controlled format, the scrimmage â which begins at approximately 6:30 p.m. after the freshman and JV teams scrimmage at 5 â will more closely resemble what fans can expect to see once the season begins.
Blackwellâs Mark Monroe, left, wraps up a Hermleigh player as Mason Magness (right) tries to lend assistance during the teamsâ scrimmage this past week. The Hornets will host Veribest and Loop in their final scrimmage today.
The Sweetwater High School volleyball team began action at the Nita Vannoy Memorial Tourna-ment in San Angelo today after losing at Seminole in its most recent match this past Tuesday.
Sweetwater comes into the two-day tournament with a 6-5 overall record after falling to Seminole in four highly-competitive games Tuesday. The Lady Mustangs â who had also lost to Seminole in four games when the teams met in Sweetwater a week earlier â won the first game 25-19, but Seminole came back to win the last three games by nail-biting scores 25-23, 25-23 and 25-22 in claiming the match.
Giles Montgomery (second from left), Chad Copeland, Zach Harrell and Tony Cortez were among the new football coaches in Sweetwater who were introduced during âMeet the Mustangsâ Saturday at the high school gym.
The Sweetwater varsity volleyball teamâs extended road swing â which contin-ues today at Seminole with a dual match against both Frenship and Seminole â has been productive so far.
The Lady Mustangs are 6-4 overall after defeating 5A Abilene Cooper 25-12, 25-22, 25-20 in Abilene on Thursday and then placing second in the Silver Bracket of Canyon Randallâs two-day tournament.
Sweetwaterâs freshman volleyball team went 4-0 to win the Sweetwater tourn-ament. Sweetwater defeated Southwest Christian 25-17, 25-15; Snyder 26-24, 20-25, 25-16; Big Spring 17-25, 25-12, 25-23; and Post 25-10, 25-13 in claiming the championship.
Shane Mobley didnât get to see as much of his team as he had hoped due to lightning and rain that halted Sweetwaterâs season-opening scrimmage against Wichita Falls Hirschi after 55 minutes here Saturday.
But the new Sweetwater head football coach still saw some encouraging signs when the Mustangs were on the field, especially on the offensive side of the ball.
NEW ORLEANS â Ex-Sweetwater High and University of Texas-El Paso star Joseph Banyard, now with the New Orleans Saints, played in his third exhibition game Friday as the Saints lost to the Jack-sonville Jaguars 27-24.
Banyard, who recently signed a three-year con-tract with the Saints as a rookie free agent, finished the game with 6 yards rushing on two carries and also caught two passes for 17 yards. It was the first time Banyard had not led the team in rushing during exhibition play. Banyard has rushed for 51 yards on 14 carries and also caught four passes for 20 yards in three games.
Roscoeâs football team played its first of two scrimmages on Friday, when it hosted Haskell on Plowboy Fieldâs new turf which was installed after last season.
The scrimmage was delayed almost an hour due to threatening weather in the area but still drew a good turnout.
Also, Blackwell held its first scrimmage Friday when the Hornets traveled to Hermleigh while both Sweetwater and Highland were scheduled to hold their first scrimmages Saturday.
After leading his players through two weeks of prac-tices and a week in pads, Shane Mobley is eager to see how his players do when they get in some licks against outside competition.
The first-year Sweetwater head football coach and his staff will finally get that chance Saturday, when the Mustangs host Wichita Falls Hirschi in their first of two preseason scrimmages.