In one sense, the feeling that Sweetwater head football coach Shane Mobley had after Fridayâs season-opening 23-13 win over Eastland at the Sammy Baugh Classic in Mustang Bowl was probably not a lot different from what he had felt on 40 other occasions while serving as an assistant on four playoff teams here from 2004-08 that had a combined 40-13 record.
But there were some major differences this time.
JAYTON â A very young Highland team was unable to stay with Motley County in its season opener Friday, as the highly-regarded Matadors jumped out to a 26-6 lead after one period en route to 60-12 win.
After giving up the gameâs first two touchdowns, High-land got within 12-6 when Michael Hyde scored on a 1-yard run. But the Hornets couldnât get any closer than that as Motley County â coming off a state runnerup finish in Six-Man Division II and ranked No. 2 in this yearâs preseason poll â answered with three more touchdowns before Highland could score again.
A 38-6 season-opening loss to De Leon on Thursday at the Sammy Baugh Classic wasnât what Roscoe was hoping for. But head coach Jonathan Haseloff still saw encouraging signs for his team, which is coming off an 0-10 season.
âIâm pleased with the way our kids performed for three quarters,â he said of his Plowboys, who trailed just 18-6 at halftime. âBut when we came out in the second half we just made some awful boo-boos, being young, and weâve got to stop doing that. But I thought we did some things well and a lot of our young kids really stepped up.â
Nolan Countyâs two six-man Hornet football teams begin the regular season today with hopes of showing much better results than a year ago when they combined for just four victories, with one of them coming as the result of a forfeit.
Highland is facing a tough opener against Motley County at Jaytonâs Gridiron Classic starting at 6 p.m. as it begins trying to improve on last yearâs season that ended at 3-7. The Classic is a three-day tournament that will feature a total of seven games. Motley County was the state runnerup in Divi-sion II this past season.
THURSDAY, AUG. 30
Sweetwater runners at Christoval meet.
Sammy Baugh Clas-sic: Roscoe vs. De Leon, 7:30 p.m.
Sweetwater freshmen at Eastland, 5 p.m.
Sweetwater JV at East-land, 6:30 p.m.
Highland JV hosts Gar-den City, 6 p.m.
Blackwell JV at West-brook, 7 p.m.
Sweetwater 7th and 8th grade teams host Big Spring at 5 and 6:15 p.m., respectively.
FRIDAY, AUG. 31
Sammy Baugh Clas-sic: Sweetwater hosts Eastland, 7:30 p.m.
Highland vs. Motley County at Jaytonâs Grid-iron Classic, 6 p.m.
Two weather-shortened scrimmages against Wich-ita Falls Hirschi and San Angelo Lake View werenât able to accomplish every-thing Shane Mobley had hoped. However, the first-year Sweetwater head coach still thinks his team will be ready for Fridayâs season opener at the Sammy Baugh Classic against a highly regarded Eastland squad.
And Mobley knows that his playersâ ability to successfully execute his new spread offense will be crucial to the final outcome.
After an 0-10 season a year ago, Roscoe head coach Jonathan Haseloff would like nothing more than for his Plowboys to win todayâs 7:30 p.m. season opener against De Leon to begin the Sammy Baugh Classic.
A victory at Mustang Bowl over the Bearcats, who were 3-7 a year ago, would go a long way toward getting the program back on track to reaching the heights it has normally enjoyed.
And playing against Haw-leyâs Wing-T offense, which is similar to De Leonâs, in last weekâs final scrimmage will help Roscoe know what to prepare for today.
GRAHAM â Sweetwaterâs Lady Mustangs won both ends of a dual match here Tuesday as it swept past Graham and Breckenridge in three games.
Sweetwater (12-7) defeated Graham 25-15, 25-16, 25-8 and beat Breckenridge 25-20, 25-15, 25-12 in two of its most dominating per-formances of the season. The Lady Mustangs will be at Frenshipâs two-day tournament starting Friday.
Regardless of who wins the game, Saturdayâs finale of this yearâs eighth annual Sammy Baugh Classic at Mustang Bowl will mark a fairly significant milestone.
When Class 4A Everman and El Paso Del Valle meet that day at 6 p.m., it will mark the first time that two teams above the 3A level have played in the Classic, and of course, the first time theyâve played each other.
In fact, thereâs been only one other team in Classic history above Class 3A that has participated.