SMS gets 2 wins, 2 ties vs. Snyder

Here are the results from Sweetwater Middle School football games last week.7th grade Grey 18, Snyder 18Artyss Smith scored all three of Sweetwater Grey’s touchdowns against Snyder on runs measuring 75, 40 and 65 yards.Jackson Foster, Cameron Lujan, Troy Turner, Jose Mermella and J.P. Gutierrez were also offensive standouts for Sweetwater, while Tyler Sutton (two fumble recoveries), Trace Kenny (fumble recovery), Turner, Foster, John Paul Flores, Carlos Mendoza, Kelly Gil-bert, Andrew Gerold and Adolfo Martinez were def-ensive standouts.“This was a good game for all these boys,” said SMS coordinator Tony Cortez. “There were a lot of good things happening both of-fensively and defensively. The offense was very effective with the running game and the defense made a lot of big stops. This team played tough all four quar-ters of the football game, just coming short of the win. Each individual kid played an important part in the performance. We will continue to improve and make our adjustments to prepare for the next game.”7th grade White 6, Snyder 0Kobe McCann scored for Sweetwater White in the fourth quarter on a 10-yard reception from Justen Gomez to provide the winning — and only — points. Logan Wedin, Bobby Posey, Joshua Huckabee, Andrew Castillo and Jose Zuniga were other offensive stand-outs. Blake Andrus (fumble recovery), Joshua Camacho (fumble recovery), Gomez, Wedin, McCann, Jaden Hernandez, Tristan Trevizo and Alex Mendoza were all defensive standouts.“This was a great game and it came down to the wire,” Cortez said, noting Sweetwater drove 75 yards to the winning touchdown with three minutes left in the game with a long pass from Gomez to Adam Perez setting up the score. Also, the defense made a crucial stop by stopping Snyder on downs in the sec-ond quarter from the 1-yard line of Sweetwater. “Overall, this was a great performance and this group played well for the entire game and got the win,” Cortez said.Snyder 18, 7th grade Red 6Andrew Medina scored the only points against Snyder for Sweetwater Red in the second quarter with a 50-yard touchdown run. Carson Brownlow, Alex Gallegos, Jayden Taylor, Justin Castereno and Antonio Padilla were also offensive standouts. Defensive standouts were Medina, Gallegos, Brown-low, Mathew Hernandez, Carlos Mendoza, Jeremiah Martinez, Markus Meneses and Kage Presson.“This was a tough loss. Our boys did not ever seem to get anything rolling. We missed a lot of tackles and struggled with our blocking up front offensively,” Cortez said. “We did have a few posi-tives filling in some spots that were needing to be filled. Overall, the kids just had a tough game, but I know they will bounce back and work hard to prepare for Midland Greenwood.”8th grade White 0, Snyder 0Sweetwater White pitched a shutout against Snyder on defense but the host team returned the favor as well.“This was a fun and ex-citing game down to the last second,” Cortez said. Sweetwater got down to Snyder’s 15 and had three shots at the end zone only to fall short. Kurt Wetsel, Noah Martinez, Zackary Hester, Christopher Reed and Taylor Gardner were offensive standouts. Defensive standouts were J.L. Solis (interception), Mikwuan Jones (fumble recovery), Tanner Jackson (fumble recovery), Jacob Camacho (fumble recovery), Wetsel, Martinez, David Lujan, Gar-ret Ehlert and Kade Kent.“The offense had its mo-ments, but just couldn’t put it all together,” Cortez said, noting the defense made some big stops and played well. “This was tough not getting the win, but there were a lot of positive things that happened. We will get ready for Midland Green-wood and try for that first district win.”8th grade Red 36, Snyder 20Chris Thompson scored on runs of 6, 50, 1 and 38 yards for Sweetwater Red in its victory over Snyder and Kiante McCoy returned a kickoff for the other TD in the second quarter. Thompson also passed to McCoy for two points and both Thompson and McCoy had two-point runs. The other offensive standouts were Kobe Clark, Isak Alvarez, Jesus DeLeon, Steven Limones and Jake Burton. Defensive standouts for Sweetwater were Clark (interception), Ky Hoover (interception), McCoy, Taylor Turney, Nicholas Gomez, Chris Jackson, John Medina, Mason Maxwell and Tristan Longoria.“We had to fight back in this game, being down the entire first half,” said Cortez. Sweetwater trailed 20-16 at halftime, but made the necessary adjustments and some big stops after that. Sweetwater got the go-ahead touchdown after a 50-yard Thompson-to-Alvarez pass and scored its last TD following Hoover’s interception. “This was a big first district win,” said Cortez. “We made some great adjustments and did a lot better job the second half blocking up front offensively. The defense really played big the second half shutting Snyder down.”