SW, G’wood to battle for No. 3

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

After losing two in a row, the best Sweetwater can do now is grab the No. 3 playoff berth in District 2-4A, Division II.
To do that they must beat a Midland Greenwood team looking for its third straight win when the Rangers visit Mustang Bowl on Friday.
The good news for Sweetwater — and Greenwood — is that both have qualified for the Class 4A, D-II playoffs that begin next week.
Seminole (6-0) and Monahans (4-1) will be the top two seeds, with the Sweetwater-Greenwood winner No. 3 and the loser No. 4.
Sweetwater, after starting 3-0 in district, has lost to Seminole 28-27 and Monahans 45-27.
Greenwood was 1-2 after losing to Monahans by six points, 27-21, three weeks ago and falling by three to Seminole, 35-32, before that. But the last two weeks have seen the Rangers get back on track by scoring 99 points in wins over Pecos (56-42) and Lamesa (43-20) to clinch a playoff spot.
Sweetwater — after two straight losses — is desperate to get back on track by beating Greenwood.
Friday’s game is “Senior Night” for the Mustangs as they end the regular season before starting the playoffs against a yet-to-be-known bi-district opponent. And leadership by those seniors will be needed on Friday.
“We need our seniors to step up and take charge of this thing. If they do, we’ve got a lot of football left to play. If we finish 8-2 we’ll feel pretty good going into the playoffs. We’ve just got to go play our kind of football and let the chips fall where they may,” head coach Ben McGehee said.
Monahans led almost all the way against Sweetwater, which had lost to Seminole in overtime after leading all the way the previous week.
McGehee said his team wants to put all that behind them. “I think our boys are ready to go and pretty excited to get back on the field,” the coach said. “(Last week) I didn’t think our focus was where it needed to be, but I’ve got a different feeling this week. There’s been a little more intensity. Practices have been more upbeat.”
Greenwood is led by Ryan Snodgrass, who ran for 276 yards and three touchdowns against Lamesa to go over 1,000 yards for the season.
Quarterback Jake Somers ran for a TD and threw for another. Greenwood led Lamesa just 21-14 at intermission until pulling away. Despite having a first-year coach (Jared Sanderson), the team made the playoffs for the fifth straight year.