Mustangs, Eagles try to remove 1-4A, D-II goose egg

Ron Howell
Sports Editor

Sweetwater will be traveling to Pecos for the second year in a row on Friday. But the situation will be a lot different than in 2017.
The teams both entered that game undefeated and had an overall 8-0 record.
Things have now been almost totally reversed. Sweetwater is 0-6 overall (0-2 in District 1-4A, D-II) and Pecos is 1-6 overall and 0-3 in District 1-4A, D-II.
Both teams for the most part have struggled to score points this year, although since the start of district play Sweetwater has seen a big uptick in that area.
Sweetwater scored only 21 points in its four non-district games, but has more than doubled that total with 50 points in its two district games against Midland Greenwood and Lamesa.
The Mustangs, for the first time this year, scored in all four quarters against Lamesa in their 49-30 loss this past Friday, with 505 yards — by far a season high — in offense.
But six turnovers at Mustang Bowl proved to be too much to overcome and Lamesa used a 36-point fourth quarter to record its first district win. Sweetwater saw an 18-13 third-quarter lead turn into a double-digit deficit in the final 12 minutes.
Pecos and Sweetwater have two common opponents so far this season. Big Spring defeated the Mustangs 33-7 and the Eagles 39-20, and district member Midland Greenwood, after defeating Sweetwater 65-20, downed Pecos 41-13 last week.
“We still keep shooting ourselves in the foot,” said coach Ben McGehee. “But I have been really pleased with how our offense has progressed every game.
“If we go out (Friday) and put up good numbers again, I think we’ll be okay.”
Leo Holsey threw three picks but finished with 229 yards and three scores as he completed 19 of 29 passes against Lamesa. The freshman’s favorite target, Daiman Atkins, had eight catches for 150 yards and scored the team’s first two touchdowns on catches of 31 and 14 yards. Holsey also threw a 28-yard TD pass to Markus Meneses and had a 1-yard scoring run. His backup, Seth Garcia, threw a 76-yard pass in the fourth quarter to Darian Carr for the Mustangs’ other score. He was 4-of-6 for 136 yards in his limited action.
Kei Griffin had 75 yards rushing and Holsey had 45 on three scrambles. Mustangs who caught passes last Friday were Carr (four catches, 95 yards), Tyler Warner (4, 34), Andres Neri (3, 27), Meneses (2, 36), Josh Camacho (1, 14) and Griffin (1, 5).
“Our kids need to just relax and play and to not press,” McGehee said.
“We need to get a win and get some confidence going into the last three games.”