The seventh annual Sam-my Baugh Classic makes its return to Mustang Bowl on Thursday, with three games on tap this year.
Sweetwater and Roscoe are playing in the Classic for the seventh straight year but are facing different opponents than in 2010, and two new teams — Rotan and Ranger — will be squaring off the final day.
Roscoe (0-1) will be seeking its first win when it plays Hawley (1-0) in Thursday’s opener at 7:30 p.m., while Sweetwater (1-0) — which is coming off a 10-0 season-opening win over Vernon at the Bowl — will be taking on No. 9-ranked Monahans (1-0) Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Ranger (0-1) and Rotan (1-0) wrap up the Classic on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Sweetwater is 5-1 and Roscoe 4-2 in the Classic.
At last year’s event, the Mustangs — whose only defeat was in the 2009 Classic — routed Levelland 46-14 in the second game of a Friday doubleheader while Roscoe played Satur-day and was defeated by Stamford 41-12.
This Friday’s Monahans-Sweetwater game continues a rivalry that dates back to the 1980s and ‘90s when the teams were in the same Class 4A district before mo-ving down to Class 3A.
Monahans edged Snyder 23-20 in its season opener last week, knocking Snyder — which was No. 10 in Class 3A — out of the rankings and making the top 10 for the first time. It was the Loboes’ third straight victory over Snyder in the past two years, two of the wins by three points or less.
Roscoe hopes to duplicate last year’s 19-6 win against Hawley, but the Bearcats figure to be a tough opponent after a 43-7 victory over DeLeon in their season opener. Hawley plays in District 2-2A, Division II, while Roscoe is a member of District 7-1A, Division II.
Ranger-Rotan is an all- Class 1A matchup. Ranger is in District 9-1A, Division II; Rotan is in District 7-1A, Division II with Roscoe.
Craig Slaughter of Sweet-water will be trying for his second straight Classic win, while Jonathan Haseloff of Roscoe is seeking his first Classic win as head coach.
Though not the Classic’s sponsor for the first time in many years, TSTC will again present a $500 scholarship to each school in honor of the team MVP for each of the three games. The scholarship will be first given to the MVP if he chooses to attend TSTC. If he does not, the money can be used by any students at the school who attend the college.