10-7-2011 Sweetwater vs Wylie

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10-7-2011 Sweetwater vs Wylie

Post  Kevin on Wed Oct 12, 2011 6:56 pm

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Sean Morrow holds while Tadeo Canon-Masjoan (7) kicks a 47-yard field goal for Sweetwater to end the first half of Friday’s district opener against Wylie. (Photo by Betsy Howe)

Wylie uses big plays to hold off SW
October 11, 2011

Ron Howell

ABILENE — Sweetwater picked a good time — Fri-day’s District 5-3A opener at Wylie — to play its best game of the 2011 season.
Unfortunately, the Mus-tangs still weren’t too happy at the end. That’s because the Bulldogs were still able to pull out a 20-15 victory despite running 31 fewer plays than Sweetwater.
And that wasn’t the only statistic the Mustangs led in. Coach Craig Slaughter’s club racked up 11 more first downs (21-10) and 47 more yards (322-275) in the con-test than Wylie and had just one turnover, the same as the Bulldogs.
But for all those achieve-ments, Sweetwater fell short of Wylie in one key area — converting crucial big plays in the second half that led to a close win on the scoreboard.
The Bulldogs (4-3, 1-0) rallied from a 9-7 halftime deficit thanks to a 64-yard touchdown run by Zerrie Mack, and finally on fourth-quarter runs of 74 and 20 yards by Garrett Martin on their final scoring drive to take a 20-9 lead with 9:23 to play. Sweetwater rallied, scoring on Ryan Linebaugh’s 2-yard run with 1:44 to play to cut Wylie’s lead to 20-15, but a last-ditch onsides kick attempt proved to be unsuc-cessful and Wylie held on for the victory.
Sweetwater, which is now 3-4 overall and 0-1 in dis-trict, had two other scoring chances against Wylie in the fourth period before Linebaugh’s touchdown run but couldn’t capitalize either time. A drive which reached the Bulldog 37 ended with an interception, and a field goal miss ended a drive that reached the 21.
Sweetwater still had time to pull out a victory, though, after the defense limited the Bulldogs to one first down and the Mustangs took over at their 45 with 3:14 to play and the strong south wind at their backs.
Quarterback Taylor Jones used his passing and run-ning talents to fuel the drive as the Mustangs moved 55 yards in 11 plays to score the touchdown, but Linebaugh was stopped just short on an attempted 2-point run. By then Sweetwater was out of timeouts and after the failed onsides kick, Wylie was able to run out the clock.
Tadeo Canon-Masjoan’s 47-yard field goal on the final play of the first half gave Sweetwater a 9-7 lead, atoning for his missed PAT after the Mustangs’ initial touchdown in the first quarter to go ahead 6-0.
Linebacker Alex Garcia’s interception allowed Sweet-water to start the scoring drive from the Bulldogs’ 10 and the Mustangs got the score when Jones connected with Gabriel Medellin on an 8-yard TD. But Wylie countered, getting a 41-yard run by Martin to Sweetwater’s 10, and took its first lead, 7-6, on a 3-yard pass by quarterback Matt McLeod to Cole Townsend at the 3:05 mark of the first period followed by the extra point.
After punting on their next two series, the Mus-tangs got into position for Canon-Masjoan’s 47-yard field goal to regain the lead.
First-down passes to Linebaugh and Medellin got Sweetwater in range as the clock ran down, and Canon-Masjoan had plenty of leg on the kick, which was his longest of the season.
In the end, though, Wylie was just a little more opportunistic as the Bulldogs won the second half 13-6 and now share the early disrict lead with Brownwood. The Lions defeated Big Spring — which comes to Sweetwater this Friday — 38-7, leaving the Steers with an 0-7 record for the season.
With a mere three games left to play, the Mustangs are almost in a must-win situation already. A victory on Friday could have avoi-ded that.
“We bottled (Wylie) up pretty good overall except for the two long plays,” Slaughter said.
“But I was proud to death of the kids and for the fight they showed. There is no quit in them. They’re tough kids and I love them. We’ve just got to kick the door in and get a district win.”
After Big Spring, Sweet-water will travel to Snyder, which was idle this week, and end the season by hosting Brownwood.


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