Cisco holds off Mustangs

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

The big mystery going into Sweetwater’s season-opening contest on Friday against Cisco was just how much progress a still young Mustang team had made since its 56-7 loss to the Loboes in 2018.
Well, a lot — but there is still quite a bit of room for improvement in 2019 after Sweetwater’s 49-27 loss at Mustang Bowl.
Unlike the 2018 debacle, a lot of good things happened for Sweetwater in its 2019 opener. The Mustangs led Cisco on two occasions, 7-6 and again 21-20 in the first half after the team rallied from a 20-7 deficit.
The Loboes, however, got a huge jolt of momentum by scoring on a 28-yard pass to go up 28-21 — on the final play of the first half. The Mustangs were unable to recover from that, failing to score again until Cisco had added three more scores for a 49-21 lead in the fourth quarter. Sweetwater cut the lead to 49-27 on an 83-yard kick return by Darian Carr with 3:50 left and recovered an onside kick.
But any hope of a miracle comeback ended at the 2:16 mark after reaching the 23 of the Loboes and being stopped on downs.
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