GREENWOOD â€” The Sweetwater football team arrived at Greenwood to a huge dust storm on Friday, and after that subsided the Mustangs had to play in by far the coldest weather they have seen since practices began in early August.
But none of that weather â€” or a Greenwood squad that was fighting to save its playoff hopes in District 4-3A â€” could slow down Sweetwater.
For the first time in over a month, Coach Shane Mob-leyâ€™s team left the field on the right side of the score-board as they ended a three-game losing streak with a 54-29 victory.
One week after its poorest offensive performance of the season in a district-opening 41-14 loss at Snyder, Sweetwater (1-1, 3-4) had one of its best against Greenwood.
The team finished with 541 total yards and exceeded 50 points in a game for the second time while being led by its terrific trio of juniors â€” wide receiver Bray Amos, quarterback Kaegan Jeffrey and receiver-running back-defensive back Isaiah McGee.
Amos scored five touch-downs, four on passes from Jeffrey, who was 24-of-32 for 291 yards. He also had a 5-yard scoring run.
McGee had by far his best night running the ball, with 159 yards and two touchdowns on just nine carries, and also caught five passes for 58 yards. He along with Amos (10, 144) helped account for about two-thirds of Jeffreyâ€™s production.
Kaleb Hoover had five catches as well on Friday. But the senior receiver found the end zone on a 32-yard interception return â€” moments after McGeeâ€™s second TD run â€” that iced (no pun intended) the win over Greenwood in the fourth quarter.
The biggest adversity the Mustangs faced other than the weather was when the Rangers (0-2, 2-5) took their only lead, 14-12, in the second quarter on a 6-yard TD run by Braydin More-land followed by a 2-point run from Dustin Rea with 2:41 left in the half.
Sweetwater responded by regaining the lead (20-14) at intermission when Jeffrey connected on a 30-yard TD pass to Amos with :25 left and then threw a 2-point pass to Marquees Jenkins for a six-point edge.
An eight-play scoring drive into the wind to start the second half increased the lead to 26-14, before Greenwood scored to cut it to 26-21. That led to the Mustangsâ€™ best drive of the evening â€” a 13-play series that covered 65 yards to restore the two-touchdown advantage. The series featured two fourth-down con-versions before culminating in Amosâ€™ 9-yard TD recep-tion from Jeffrey. The Mus-tangs overcame two holding penalties and two fumbles, both of which Sweetwater recovered, during the drive.
Sweetwater began to put the game away in the fourth quarter after recovering a fumble near midfield in the fourth quarter. McGeeâ€™s 8-yard run made it 40-21 with 7:15 to play.
Greenwood returned the kickoff to its 35, but quar-terback Anthony Salas was immediately intercepted by Hoover, who returned his unexpected gift the other way to give Sweetwater a 47-21 advantage.
Amosâ€™ fifth TD â€” and his 19th of the season â€” on a 21-yard pass from Jeffrey (who has 26 TD passes this year) ended the scoring. McGee then intercepted a Greenwood pass with just :04 left, and the Mustangs celebrated after taking a knee on the final play.
Offensive coordinator Zac Harrell was glad to see Sweetwater â€” which will host 1-1 Big Spring this Friday in another huge District 4-3A showdown â€” moving the chains at will once again.
â€śWe are so talented on offense that when we do our jobs, we can score on anybody,â€ť he said. â€śWe got the ball into Bray and Izzyâ€™s (McGee) hands tonight. And Kaegan did a great job of running the game and didnâ€™t make any errors.â€ť
Sweetwater, which had five costly turnovers against Snyder, was turnover-free against the Rangers though it did get some fortunate bounces during the night.
â€śThe whole offense, I couldnâ€™t be more proud with the way we played. When we do our jobs weâ€™ve got the talent to be really special.â€ť
Mobley admitted that the win â€” which puts Sweetwater into a four-way tie with Wylie, Big Spring and Snyder for second place behind 2-0 Monahans â€” was a big one.
â€śWe knew Greenwood would battle us all night, but we made some big plays,â€ť he said. â€śIt was good to get that (winning) taste back in our mouths.
â€śThereâ€™s four of us at 1-1 now, and weâ€™ve still got Wylie and Big Spring.â€ť