Mustangs, Plowboys need wins to stay on track

By: 
Ron Howell
Sports Editor

It may be tempting today for Sweetwater and Roscoe football players to be thinking about next week’s early district showdowns.
But neither the Mustangs or Plowboys — the only two Nolan County teams to see action this week with both Highland and Blackwell enjoying an open date — can afford a slip-up.
Sweetwater, which is 2-0 in District 2-4A, Division II, goes to Fort Stockton (1-2) for a 7 p.m. matchup after getting its open date last week. Because they have one fewer game, the Mustangs trail Seminole (3-0) by a half game. Sweetwater hosts Seminole next Friday, the first of three consecutive games against 2016 district playoff teams to end the regular season.
The nearest thing to a close call for Sweetwater (6-0) came Week 5 at Pecos when it trailed the Eagles by three points, 23-20, at halftime until a 43-7 explosion carried it to a 63-30 win. Fort Stockton, after losing to Greenwood 38-0 and Pecos 41-6 in its first two district games, got its first win last Friday by defeating Lamesa 26-14 with a fourth-quarter rally.
With Sweetwater idle last week, Seminole took the outright lead with a 57-6 win over Pecos last Friday after earlier victories over Monahans and Greenwood.
If Sweetwater is able to defeat Seminole, it will still need to defeat Monahans — the defending 2-4A champion — and Greenwood to claim the outright title.
Roscoe hosts Plains today in District 4-2A DII to end a two-week homestand.
The Plowboys are 1-0 in district and 4-2 overall after beating Roby in its opener last week. Plains is 0-1 (2-3 overall) after a 21-14 loss to Hamlin in its opener.
After today’s game, Roscoe goes to Seagraves (1-0, 4-2), which along with Ros-coe and Hamlin is considered one of the top three teams in the district. Seagraves beat Tahoka 42-6 to begin district play.
Sweetwater, which has won 44 of its last 48 games, played against Seminole twice a year ago, beating the Indians 39-22 in distric play and 38-14 in the state quarterfinals.
Roscoe and Seagraves also played each other twice in 2016. Roscoe won 39-23 in district play, but Seagraves turned the tables by winning 29-21 in the regional semifinals.

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