For the first time this year, football and volleyball are both on tap today at Sweetwater High School starting at 5 p.m., when the first of two seventh grade football games against Wylie is played at Mustang Bowl while at the same time the freshman and JV volleyball teams host Snyder at Mustang Gym. The varsity match is at 6:30 p.m. and features a big District 5-3A rivalry matchup, as Sweetwater and Snyder are both trying for their first win in district play.
This past Thursday, both of the Sweetwater seventh grade football teams played at Midland Christian. The seventh grade Red team tied 20-20, while the White team lost 24-0.
The Red team pulled into a 20-all tie with 29 seconds left, thanks to a 45-yard halfback pass from Jacoby Hunt to Peyton Hill for a touchdown after a 15-yard pass from Jordan McGee to John Clift one play before.
Sweetwater Red’s other touchdowns came on a 57-yard Hunt run and a 35-yard pass from McGee to Rocky Perez. Hunt also had a 2-point conversion run after Perez’s TD catch to give Sweetwater a 14-8 lead, but Midland Christian came back with two long TD passes to take the lead before Sweetwater’s last-minute score tied the game.
Defensive standouts for Sweetwater Red against Midland Christian included Gaiden Crelia, McGee and Daniel Olguin with tackles for losses; Hunt with tackles for losses and a fumble recovery; and Perez and Keenan Cox.
In Thursday’s other game, Sweetwater White got several good runs from Isaac Currie and Lowell Williams in the second half as well as a fumble recovery from Ramon Saldivar.
Midland Christian produced three long TD plays in the first half. Both eighth grade games on Thursday were cancelled.
Sweetwater’s volleyball team fell to 0-2 in district after losing at Brownwood in four games last Friday. The Lady Lions won 26-24, 23-25, 25-22, 25-15 to go 2-1 in district, just behind 2-0 Wylie and Big Spring. Snyder is currently in last place in the district at 0-3.
Kelsi Crosson had 16 kills and 23 digs for Sweetwater and Kendra Crosson had 13 kills and 22 digs. Kathleen Campbell had six kills, Larissa Locklar and Taylor McPherson three and Alicia Finn two, while Campbell and Locklar each had three blocks and Finn four. Kinsey Browning came up with 32 digs to lead the team and Allie Zavaleta had 13 digs, while Suede Shirley and Finn had 21 and 16 assists for Sweetwater, respectively. In addition, Shirley had 10 digs while McPherson had four, Finn two and Campbell one. Kelsi Crosson had one ace and one block and Browning also had an ace for Sweetwater.
Brownwood took advantage of crucial errors to win a tightly-contested Game 1 before Sweetwater fought back to tie the match at one game apiece. Game 3 was also closely fought until Brownwood came out on top and then closed out the match in Game 4.
“The first game we missed some crucial serves, but we played really good most of the time,” coach Liz Miller said of the effort.
Sweetwater will travel to Wylie on Friday to end the first half of district play.