They are two of the winningest programs in the history of Texas. One has seven state championships to its credit, while the other has perhaps the most unique setting for a high school football game in the state.
And even if the 2013 ver-sions don’t exactly resemble some of their powerhouse teams of the past, Sweet-water (2-2) and Brownwood (1-3) should put on an enter-taining show this Friday at Mustang Bowl.
Both are scoring a lot of points and, perhaps just as significantly, they are giving up a lot. Sweetwater has allowed 152 points so far, while Brownwood has been shredded for 207.
So unless something changes drastically, this year’s game could see a lot more trips to the end zone than a year ago, when the teams came in with the ex-act same records and the Lions pulled out a 28-13 victory in Brownwood.
Today’s game will be the final game for Sweetwater before the start of district play at Snyder on Oct. 11. The Mustangs will get their open date next week.
Sweetwater coach Shane Mobley said Brownwood is better than its record, noting that all three losses have been against top competition — No. 6 Graham (15-56), Wylie (16-38) and private school power Fort Worth All Saints Episcopal (27-70 in its opener). The one victory, 46-43, came against an 0-4 Snyder team that has lost its four games by a total of nine points.
“They are kind of like us right now,” Mobley said. “Coach (Chuck) Howard has got some young players, but they’re special. And of course, we do too.
“For us to compete with Brownwood we are going to have to execute our offense. They’ve got some good wea-pons offensively. The dif-ference in them and us is they use a tight end who comes in a lot, similar to what we saw with Andrews a few weeks ago.
“Each week you’ve got to get better. Defensively, we are going to try to run a couple of different coverages just to prepare us for district. We’re going to eva-luate everything and make sure we’ve got the best kids on the field.
“It’s a big game for us,” Mobley continued. “We need to execute and play at that next level, so that we know we can compete at that next level. (Brown-wood) has played a couple of teams in our district, and it’s allowed us to see a little bit of where we are at.”
Sweetwater got a taste of the next level last Friday in a 42-28 loss to state-ranked Class 2A Wall. And despite falling 21 points behind in the third quarter, the Mustangs came up with two stops — one on a fumble recovery — and scored off both of them to get within 35-28 in the fourth quarter.
But Wall used a couple of fourth-down conversions to help seal the victory, the biggest on fourth-and-2 from its 38-yard line to key its final scoring drive.
“I was very proud of our defense in the fact that every tackle was a gang tackle,” Mobley said. We had 11 guys on the ball each time.
“We’ve just got to get to the point where we finish. I think the games will be decided in the fourth quarter from here on, no matter who we play.”