After a gutwrenching loss to Monahans this past week, Sweetwater’s football team must have two things happen Friday in order to get into the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
First, Sweetwater must defeat Wylie, which not only has clinched a playoff spot but is the No. 2-ranked team in the state with a 9-0 record and is 4-0 in district play. Also, Sweetwater must hope that Snyder (1-3, 3-6) beats Greenwood (2-2, 6-3) which would make Sweet-water the district’s No. 3 team with a 3-2 record.
By virtue of its 39-35 come-from-behind win last week, Monahans sewed up the No. 2 playoff spot in the district. Wylie will be considered the No. 1 seed and will play in the Division I bracket even if it loses to Sweetwater, since it has a 20-17 win over Monahans.
Sweetwater will be in the unusual position of rooting for a Snyder win because if Sweetwater and Greenwood both finish 3-2, Greenwood would advance due to its 31-13 win over Sweetwater.
But for a blown 21-point lead in the fourth quarter, Sweetwater would be in a much better position to ex-tend its season, even with a loss to Wylie. But the Mus-tangs have clearly stepped up their play the past two weeks, starting with a 42-9 trouncing of Big Spring.
“This year there have been a lot of lessons learned,” said head coach Shane Mobley, whose team is 4-5 overall in his first season.
“Hopefully there have been a lot of positives. When it’s all said and done, it’s about what you’ve learned.
“If we go over to Wylie and give it everything we can, it will be a testimony,” he said. “It will be a bigger testimony if we go over there and win. It’s about how you finish things.”
Mobley admitted that the loss to Monahans was a “hard, hard” thing to swal-low, “You’ve got to take the good out of it. To build a program, you’ve got to feed on things that happen to you as you grow. You can’t look back and harp on it. What we do with it is our responsiblity as coaches. The way for us to take care of what happened (last) Friday night is to keep working hard.”
Sweetwater also needs a win Friday to assure itself of a non-losing season for the first time since the team’s last postseason appearance in 2008.
“Wylie’s good and they’re ranked high,” Mobley said. “Hopefully we can make them play four quarters.”