After 69 points in its first two games, Sweetwater cranked its high-powered offense up yet another notch for Fridayâ€™s home opener against Breckenridge.
The Buckaroos managed to answer just about every score with one of their own, however, until a long kickoff return and a key defensive play in the fourth quarter helped Sweetwater finally put the game away.
With the 51-33 win â€” the Mustangsâ€™ highest one-game output in nearly five years â€” Sweetwater is now 2-1 on the season, while Breckenridge fell to 1-2.
Sweetwater quarterback Kaegan Jeffrey and Breckenridgeâ€™s Clay Boaz each threw for over 300 yards on Friday, and both were proficient running the ball as well.
Jeffrey (17-of-25, 308 yards, no interceptions) threw a career-high five TD passes for the Mustangs â€” four to fellow junior Bray Amos (9 catches, 129 yards) and the other to senior Kaleb Hoover. He also ran for a season-high 88 yards and two TDs, both coming in the fourth quarter.
Jeffreyâ€™s last touchdown came with 3:17 left and gave Sweetwater a 44-33 lead. It capped a short drive that began at Breckenridgeâ€™s 32 following Amosâ€™ 48-yard kickoff return.
Breckenridge took over at its 34, but Isaiah McGee intercepted Boazâ€™s long pass and returned it 41 yards. A personal foul on the Bucks at the end of the play put Sweetwater at the Brecken-ridge 14.
After two running plays gave the Mustangs a first-and-goal at the 3, Jeffrey provided the clincher when he threw his fourth TD pass to Amos with 1:34 to play.
So Sweetwater, despite giving up over 30 points for the third straight game, is above .500 but must now face a dangerous Wall team this Friday.
The Hawks (3-0), ranked No. 6 in Class 2A, will be the Class 3A Mustangsâ€™ homecoming foe and perhaps their biggest test yet. Wall won 35-14 on Friday over another perennial Class 2A power, Sonora.
But Wall hasnâ€™t faced an offense of Sweetwaterâ€™s cali-ber yet, so it should be an interesting â€” and, undoub-tedly, high-scoring â€” cont-est at the Bowl.
Sweetwater head coach Shane Mobley saw his team trail only once (6-0) in Fridayâ€™s game and led 18-6 at halftime, but Brecken-ridge matched the Mustangs score for score in the second half until the final 3:17.
â€śWe allowed 33 points, but we were able to get back quick and score after they did,â€ť Mobley said. â€śItâ€™s frus-trating for me as a defensive guy, but fun if youâ€™re an of-fensive coach.
â€śWeâ€™re going to give up points, so itâ€™s important for the offense to produce and several guys stepped up for us tonight.â€ť
One of them was backup running back Jay Lomas, who filled in most of the night for Marquees Jenkins â€” who was limited by an injury sustained last week. He had a 21-yard touchdown run in the second quarter that gave Sweetwater its first lead, 12-6. McGee, in addition to his interception, caught three passes for 90 yards while Hoover had four catches for 84 yards.
Jeffrey did most of his running damage in the sec-ond half, gaining 69 of his 88 yards after intermission.
The teams combined for 34 points in the third quar-ter, and neither team punted in the second half.
Boaz threw for 307 yards but also ran for four TDs, the last cutting the lead to 38-33 with 5:26 left.