‘Stangs lose big to Cisco

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

CISCO — It’s tough when a young team with few returning starters has to face a perennial power — like Cisco — on the road. The good news? Things will improve as the 2018 season continues for Sweetwater after a 56-7 loss to Cisco on Friday night.
For Sweetwater, a promising start on its first series quickly went sour in both teams’ season opener, as Cisco capitalized on several errors to defeat second-year coach Ben McGehee’s team soundly.
“We made a bunch. We made mistakes on stuff we hadn’t in our scrimmages. I think our kids were a little wide eyed,” said McGehee, referring to the fact it was the opener and most of his players had little to no varsity resume before this year.
“They’re (Cisco) a really good football team. But I think we’re going to get a lot better.”
Up 7-0, the Loboes forced turnovers on the Mustangs’ first three possessions to lead 28-0 after one quarter. And it didn’t get any better for Sweetwater, as the visitors trailed 42-0 at halftime and managed only one score in the second half.
The lone touchdown for the Mustangs was a 95-yard Daimon Atkins’ kickoff return, which came on the opening kickoff of the third quarter.
“We’ve got to go and do a little soul searching and watch film,” said McGehee, who enjoyed tremendous success at Temple before coming to Sweetwater and was 10-3 in his first year as a head coach.
“Then on Monday we’ll start again and prepare for Big Spring.”
Under coach Brent West, the Loboes have been good for two decades. Sweetwater must put the loss behind and try for a quick bounce back this Friday when the team hosts Big Spring.