McGehee sees positives after first scrimmage

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

MIDLAND — There were several positives in Friday’s opening football scrimmage despite Sweetwater managing just one score at Midland Christian.
Blake Scott provided the touchdown for Sweetwater with a 60-yard run, but Midland Christian scored three on the Mustangs, two in the live quarter that ended the scrimmage.
Both of the drives in the quarter for Sweetwater advanced into Midland Christian territory, the last ending on downs after reaching the hosts’ 12. Midland Christian had a one-score lead at that point, but ended the evening by scoring again on a 70-yard run.
Sweetwater had no three-and-out series vs. Midland Christian, and its run game, said coach Ben McGehee, was effective although some youth showed in the team’s passing game. “I thought we ran the ball really well,” he said. “We limited our passing game some (Friday) but it was okay. We played our base defense against them and I was really pleased with what I saw there.”
According to McGehee, the Mustangs were able to consistently move the ball between the 30s despite getting just one score. “I thought that it was a really competitive scrimmage and I thought our JV also did real well,” he said.
Alex Gallegos had several nice runs and forced a fumble on defense, while Kei Griffin had an interception. Sweetwater, which had no turnovers, hosts Lubbock Coronado starting at 7 p.m. Friday in its last scrimmage.