When two teams with powerful offenses meet, it often turns into a track meet, or basketball on a football field, or whatever.
By the time the dust had settled here Friday night, Big Spring and Sweetwater had combined to score 107 points and gain over 1,000 yards. But all that really mattered — in the end — was that the visiting Steers came away with a 65-42 win at Mustang Bowl.
The victory improves the Steers record to 2-1 in Dis-trict 4-3A with two games left and puts them in prime shape for a playoff berth.
Sweetwater, which had been part of a four-way tie for second place coming in along with Wylie and Sny-der, dropped to 1-2 (3-5 for the season) and now faces a big hurdle if the Mustangs are to reach the postseason.
Sweetwater’s remaining games are with teams that are ahead of them in the standings. Coach Shane Mobley’s team visits first-place Monahans (3-0) this Friday before ending the season on Nov. 8 by enter-taining Wylie (2-1).
The Loboes barely got by Snyder on Friday, pulling out a 35-34 win that assures them of one of the district’s four playoff spots.
Big Spring came into the game fresh off its first dis-trict win in three years — and 13 games. But the Steers held the upper hand from the start over the Mus-tangs, who were able to tie the game 7-7 and 14-14 in the first half but couldn’t stop Big Spring’s explosive attack led by quarterback Tobyn Tannehill and fresh-man running back Preston Alexander. Both rushed for over 100 yards and totalled five touchdowns.
Tannehill also threw for 248 yards, completing 15 of 19 passes and no picks, for three TDs as he accounted for 350 total yards.
There were only two punts in the game — both by Sweetwater, which ended the night with 464 yards but surrendered 552 — 304 rushing and 248 passing.
After the Mustangs tied the game at 14, Big Spring ran off the next 17 points for a 31-14 halftime lead on a pair of Alexander scoring runs and a 33-yard field goal by Devin Roberson that came with just six seconds left until intermission.
Isaiah McGee gave Sweet-water fans hope, however, when he stripped Alexander of the ball on Big Spring’s first drive of the third quar-ter and returned it 54 yards for a touchdown to pull the Mustangs within 31-21.
Tannehill’s 39-yard pass to Tate Kennedy restored a 17-point lead for the Steers, but Sweetwater came back again to score on a 5-yard Kaegan Jeffrey pass to Kaleb Hoover, making it 38-28.
But a 21-0 run from that point allowed Big Spring to put the game out of reach.
Another Tannehill scor-ing pass, this one to Ryan Lopez, followed by two TD runs by Hunter Hill in the absence of Alexander, who left with a second-half in-jury, made it 59-28 with just 7:53 left to play.
To their credit, the Mus-tangs didn’t quit.
Jeffrey, who threw for 322 yards, connected with Hoover on a second TD pass from 10 yards out, and after Tannehill scored Big Spring’s final points on a 45-yard run to make it 65-34, McGee caught an 11-yard Jeffrey pass for the final Swetwater touchdown with just 29 seconds to play, followed by a two-point conversion pass to Bray Amos.
Amos had 179 yards re-ceiving on just five catches, including a 64-yarder that led to Sweetwater’s tying touchdown by Jeffrey — on a 1-yard run — that briefly evened the game at 14 in the second quarter.
McGee scored the Mus-tangs’ first TD on a 16-yard run that tied the game at 7 with 3:08 left in the first quarter.
After Big Spring went up 21-14 in the second quarter, Sweetwater drove from its 31 to the Steers 12 where the Mustangs faced fourth-and-3. But a McGee run was stopped for a one-yard loss, and Big Spring marched 87 yards in nine plays to open a two-score advantage.