After losing on the road to a very good Eastland team in its opener, Sweetwater has another tough road trip this Friday at Andrews.
And after giving up 584 yards in a 46-30 loss to the Josh Moylan-led Mavericks, the Mustangs once again will be faced with the challenge of containing an explosive spread offense led by a talented senior quarterback.
Andrews, like Sweetwa-ter, was involved in a high-scoring opener but came out on top, 32-30, against San Angelo Lake View, after rallying from an eight-point halftime deficit. Quarterback Shane Dolcener, a third-year starter who missed most of his junior year due to injury, had a huge game as he accounted for 291 total yards and all five Andrews touchdowns. He threw for three TDs, two of them to Coy Lopez and the other to Jase Hammack, and he also ran for two other scores.
Sweetwater coach Shane Mobley said Andrews will be another good early-season test for his squad, which racked up a total of 404 yards of offense vs. East-land despite being hurt by penalties and an inability to complete deep throws, and led much of the first half be-fore Eastland took control of the game with a 20-point run in the second and third quarters.
The Mustangs, according to Mobley, will continue to make adjustments on both sides of the ball.
“We’re not down,” he said. “We’re not broke. We’re just trying to get ready for dist-rict. We’ve got to utilize these games for that.
“We saw a lot of things (against Eastland) that we can fix and this Friday, we’ll see more we need to fix,” Mobley added. “These first two games are when everyone gets to really make changes and get things set for district.”
“This loss last Friday isn’t what we wanted, but the kids kept playing,” said the second-year head coach.
“This week, there’s some pride that comes into it. We (Sweetwater and Andrews) have some history of play-ing each other.
“Offensively, we just need to execute and eliminate the penalties and self-inflicted stuff we had last week.
“Defensively, we’ve got to make them one-dimensional and our tackling will be the key, especially in the open field.
“The kids were upset after the loss (last week), but they know we can get better.
“As long as we go out and give 100 percent and don’t give up, that’s all I can ask from them. “
Sweetwater finally plays at home after this week with the next three at the Bowl.