Mustangs, Steers here Friday

October 24, 2013

Austin Marlett

After two games, only one team is 2-0 in District 4-3A while four teams are locked in a second-place tie at 1-1.
But two of the second-place teams — Sweetwater and Big Spring — will try to break free from each other when they go head-to-head at Mustang Bowl on Friday. The winner will put itself in great position to claim one of the four playoff berths; the loser faces an uphill bat-tle with two games left.
Both teams are currently tied with Wylie and Snyder for second place behind 4-3A leader Monahans, and both are coming off rather lopsided wins last week.
Sweetwater finally broke its three-game losing streak with a 54-29 win at last-place Greenwood.
The Mustangs exceeeded both the 50-point and 500-yard plateaus for the second time as several players had great offensive games, while the defense was able to get some key second-half stops and force three turnovers, one of which — an intercep-tion in the fourth quarter by Kaleb Hoover — was returned the other way for a Sweetwater touchdown that gave the Mustangs an insurmountable 26-point lead over the Rangers.
Enjoying huge nights were Bray Amos, who had four TD receptions and ano-ther on a run; quarterback Kaegan Jeffrey (25-for-33 passing, 309 yards, 4 TDs); and Isaiah McGee, who was a standout on both sides of the ball. McGee scored twice on runs and had a season-high 160 yards rushing, plus five catches for 58 yards and a two-point conversion run. On defense, he was equally sensational as he had five solo tackles, six assisted stops, four tackles for a loss (including a sack) and an interception after being moved from safety to outside linebacker.
Big Spring won its first district game in three years as the Steers easily beat Sny-der 42-14. Big Spring had 12 straight district losses prior to its win, which improved its overall record to 5-2 and came right after a two-point loss to Wylie a week earlier, when a long field goal attempt to win the game narrowly missed.
So both teams will come into Friday’s game pumped, as both continue to pursue their goal of ending playoff droughts going back a few years. Sweetwater last made the postseason in 2008 and Big Spring’s last playoff berth was in 2009. Sweetwater has a slightly tougher road as it still has Monahans and Wylie on its schedule, while Big Spring ends with Greenwood and Monahans.
Big Spring’s explosive spread offense is led by junior quarterback Tobyn Tannehill, who is the younger brother of Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Tobyn will be a big threat both running and passing the ball. He threw for 280 yards and ran for 146 against Wylie, when he accounted for four touch-downs. Against Snyder, he did the most damage rush-ing with 207 yards on the ground, plus another 160 yards through the air.
Receivers Devin Roberson and Tate Kennedy are also threats to score, as are running backs Hunter Hill and Preston Alexander.
The Steers had 495 total yards against Snyder, with 312 on the ground and 183 in the air as the Tigers suf-fered their first 4-3A loss.

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