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Mustangs halt Steers' stampede

October 15, 2011

SWEETWATER — The Big Spring Steers changed their offensive attack early in Friday night's district game in Sweetwater, but were unable to come up with a different result, as they fall to the Mustangs 28-6.

Garrett Stuteville hit Toby Rodgers on a 23-yard touchdown pass at the halfway point of the fourth quarter for Big Spring's only points, as the Black and Gold fall to 0-8 on the season.

Sweetwater was treated to a different looking offense than they might have expected early in the game, as Steers' sophomore Devin Roberson started at the quarterback position for Big Spring.

Effective drives seemed to be the story line in the first half for both teams, but penalties and miscues turned out to be the underlying plot, as the only points scored in the half was a 63-yard interception return by Sweetwater's Nick Nemir.

Knowing they would get the ball back to start the second half, Head Coach Phillip Ritchey sent Stuteville into the game at the quarterback position, in an attempt to get some momentum going into the locker rooms. Stuteville came out throwing and moved the Steers quickly, going over 60 yards in four plays, but the drive ran out of steam inside the red zone. Coach Ritchey sent the kicking team out, intending to settle for three points, but the kick was blocked and the half ended with a 7-0 Sweetwater lead.

Sweetwater would score twice in the third quarter, both on running plays, sending the Steers into the final frame down 21-0. After the Rodgers touchdown in the fourth quarter, Sweetwater answered with six points of their own, taking any hopes of a comeback out of play.

Big Spring ended the game with 222 total yards on offense, with Max Pappajohn and Michael Vanderbilt each accumulating over 30 yards of rushing. After coming in just before the half ended, Stuteville would go on to lead the Steers with 123 passing yards — 112 of which going to Rodgers — and one the touchdown.

Big Spring will host Abilene Wylie Friday night for their home finale. The game will start at 7:30 p.m. in Memorial Stadium.

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