It all comes down to this: the winner of today’s Sweetwater vs. Monahans game at Mustang Bowl will take a big step toward and possibly make the playoffs that begin in two weeks.
The teams have identical 2-1 records in District 4-3A and are locked in a second-place tie in the district behind Wylie (3-0) with just two games left.
Sweetwater is seeking its first playoff berth in four years, while Monahans was a state semifinalist this past season and was considered, along with Wylie, the dist-rict favorite by most pre-season prognosticators.
Both teams are coming off lopsided victories last week. Sweetwater got a 42-9 win at Big Spring, while Mona-hans beat Snyder 37-12.
But Sweetwater will more of a sense of urgency tonight than the Loboes, since a loss will put the Mustangs in a situation where they have to win their season finale next week at Wylie in order to have a realistic playoff shot although Sweetwater could still get in with some help if it loses. Monahans finishes up by hosting Big Spring, which is 0-3 after losing to Sweetwater last week.
The Loboes were defea-ted by Wylie, 20-17, prior to beating Snyder (1-2), while Sweetwater lost to Midland Greenwood, 31-13, in its last game at the Bowl before its big victory over Big Spring.
In today’s other district games, Wylie travels to Snyder and Greenwood (1-2) will bus to Big Spring. A Sweetwater win coupled with losses by Greenwood and Snyder would put the Mustangs in the playoffs regardless of how they fare against Wylie. But if Greenwood also wins, the Rangers could still finish with the same record as the Mustangs and have the tie-breaker advantage. Snyder and Greenwood will face each other next Friday.
Big Spring, meanwhile, must win its last two games and hope for the right com-bination of wins and losses by the other district teams in order to force a tiebreak-er for the final playoff spot.