Three of the four Sweet-water Middle School teams began their 2013 football seasons last week by win-ning, with all four games in Sweetwater.
8th grade Red 26, Breckenridge 0
Chris Thompson not only threw touchdown passes of 40 yards to Tristan Longoria and 35 yards to Daniel Avila, but also had a 2-yard TD run and a 2-point conversion run. Avila also had a 2-yard TD run. All of Sweetwaterâ€™s scoring came in the first half.
Other offensive standouts were Trenton Hicks, Kobe Clark, Kiante McCoy and Ky Hoover. Defensive standouts were Longoria (fumble recovery), McCoy (fumble recovery), Isak Alvarez, Clark, Taylor Turney and Mason Maxwell.
â€śThe guys came out early scoring all 26 points in the first half,â€ť said SMS coordinator Tony Cortez. â€śWe did struggle in the second half but still did a lot of good things as well. The defense played very well the entire game, not allowing a single touchdown. Offensively, the offensive line did good and set the tone for our running game. Everyone played an important role in the win and played hard the entire game. The boys really kept up with the speed of the game and were at times very efficient and effective with this pace. They were very impressive on special teams with good coverage and good returns. We are really looking forward to watching this group get better.â€ť
7th grade Red 26, Breckenridge 6
The Sweetwater Middle School seventh grade Red team also had a nice debut by beating Breckenridge.
Carson Brownlow threw touchdown passes of 25 and 15 yards to Andrew Medina in the second quarter and a 25-yard touchdown pass to Alex Gallegos in the first quarter that was followed by Ryan Romeroâ€™s 2-point conversion run. Medina also had a 75-yard TD kickoff return in the third quarter to end the scoring.
Other offensive standouts were Isaac Pena, Taiden Smith and David Ehlert, while the defensive standouts were Markus Meneses (fumble recovery), Blake Andrus (fumble recovery), Smith, Gallegos, Tayton Burnett, Mathew Hernan-dez, Antonio Padilla and Ethan Caballero.
â€śThe kids came out early and set the tone,â€ť Cortez said. â€śWe wanted to let the opponent know that we were going to come out and be physical. We came out running the football effect-ively, and that allowed us to be able to throw the football when needed. The kids did a really good job of keeping up with the pace of my style of play, very fast. There were some great defensive stops that led to scores. We did put the ball on the ground a few times at not so oppor-tune times. But overall, the boys did a great job for their first time to play this year. We will make adjustments in every aspect of our game and continue to improve.â€ť
7th and 8th grade combined team 20,
Sweetwater combined its seventh and eighth graders to shut out Breckenridge as Alex Kittley, Kurt Wetsel and Christopher Reed all had scoring runs.
Kittley scored on a 24-yard run, Wetsel on a 20-yard run and Reed on a 38-yard run. In addition, Wetsel had a 2-point con-version run.
Sweetwater led just 8-0 until scoring twice in the fourth quarter.
The defensive standouts were Jeremiah DeLeon (fumble recovery), Kage Presson (fumble recovery), Kittley, Wetsel, Jesus DeLeon, Mikwuan Jones, Zachary Hester, Garrett Ehlert, David Lujan, Rian Hill, Kade Kent, Tanner Jackson, Nicholas Figueroa, Jeremiah Martinez, Jacob Camacho, Joshua Camacho, Adam Perez and Jose Mermella.
Cortez said, â€śThese guys got the games rolling and did an excellent job doing so. The defense pitched a shutout and the offense scored three times. There were a lot of positive things happening and the kids got to play a lot. There were a few key defensive stops that helped preserve the shutout. The offense kept the ball on the ground and did it effectively. This was a total team effort in the win.â€ť
Dublin 16, 7th grade Grey 0
Cortez had a lot of posi-tive things to say about the seventh grade Grey team despite its loss to Dublin in a season opener that was played this past Tuesday.
â€śThese kids did an excel-lent job for their first game,â€ť he said. â€śThere were a lot of bright spots. The kids were very excited about getting the opportunity to play football. Now they will improve on their mistakes and continue to work hard.â€ť
Both the Grey and White teams play at Dublin today at 4:30 and 5:30 p.m., respectively. Defensive standouts against Dublin were Elvis Ruiz with a fumble recovery and Tyler Sutton with two solo tackles, while on offense both Artyss Smith and John Paul Flores were very aggressive when running the ball, Cortez said.