After 69 points in its first two games, Sweetwater cranked its high-powered offense up yet another notch for Friday’s home opener against Breckenridge.
The Buckaroos managed to answer just about every score with one of their own, however, until a long kickoff return and a key defensive play in the fourth quarter helped Sweetwater finally put the game away.
With the 51-33 win — the Mustangs’ highest one-game output in nearly five years — Sweetwater is now 2-1 on the season, while Breckenridge fell to 1-2.
Sweetwater quarterback Kaegan Jeffrey and Breckenridge’s Clay Boaz each threw for over 300 yards on Friday, and both were proficient running the ball as well.
Jeffrey (17-of-25, 308 yards, no interceptions) threw a career-high five TD passes for the Mustangs — four to fellow junior Bray Amos (9 catches, 129 yards) and the other to senior Kaleb Hoover. He also ran for a season-high 88 yards and two TDs, both coming in the fourth quarter.
Jeffrey’s last touchdown came with 3:17 left and gave Sweetwater a 44-33 lead. It capped a short drive that began at Breckenridge’s 32 following Amos’ 48-yard kickoff return.
Breckenridge took over at its 34, but Isaiah McGee intercepted Boaz’s long pass and returned it 41 yards. A personal foul on the Bucks at the end of the play put Sweetwater at the Brecken-ridge 14.
After two running plays gave the Mustangs a first-and-goal at the 3, Jeffrey provided the clincher when he threw his fourth TD pass to Amos with 1:34 to play.
So Sweetwater, despite giving up over 30 points for the third straight game, is above .500 but must now face a dangerous Wall team this Friday.
The Hawks (3-0), ranked No. 6 in Class 2A, will be the Class 3A Mustangs’ homecoming foe and perhaps their biggest test yet. Wall won 35-14 on Friday over another perennial Class 2A power, Sonora.
But Wall hasn’t faced an offense of Sweetwater’s cali-ber yet, so it should be an interesting — and, undoub-tedly, high-scoring — cont-est at the Bowl.
Sweetwater head coach Shane Mobley saw his team trail only once (6-0) in Friday’s game and led 18-6 at halftime, but Brecken-ridge matched the Mustangs score for score in the second half until the final 3:17.
“We allowed 33 points, but we were able to get back quick and score after they did,” Mobley said. “It’s frus-trating for me as a defensive guy, but fun if you’re an of-fensive coach.
“We’re going to give up points, so it’s important for the offense to produce and several guys stepped up for us tonight.”
One of them was backup running back Jay Lomas, who filled in most of the night for Marquees Jenkins — who was limited by an injury sustained last week. He had a 21-yard touchdown run in the second quarter that gave Sweetwater its first lead, 12-6. McGee, in addition to his interception, caught three passes for 90 yards while Hoover had four catches for 84 yards.
Jeffrey did most of his running damage in the sec-ond half, gaining 69 of his 88 yards after intermission.
The teams combined for 34 points in the third quar-ter, and neither team punted in the second half.
Boaz threw for 307 yards but also ran for four TDs, the last cutting the lead to 38-33 with 5:26 left.