The Big Spring Steers' impressive first half again was not enough to sustain them for the entire 48 minutes, as they fell Saturday night in Midland, 34-9 at the hands of Midland Christian.
For the first time this season, the Steers took the opening kick off after winning the coin flip. The result was a 45-yard drive, followed by a 36-yard Devin Roberson field goal and a Big Spring lead. Repeated passes to Tyler Hall and runs by Garrett Stuteville, Michael Oliva and Michael Vanderbilt blended perfectly for an almost flawless drive.
After a good return gave Midland Christian the ball on the 49 yard line, they moved the ball quickly to the Steers' 17 yard line, before fumbling the ball over to Big Spring. But when Big Spring failed to move the ball, Midland Christian got it back on their own 43. A big sack by Diamond Bailey â€” along with two other tackles â€” was not enough to stop Midland on this drive, as they hit a 28 yard pass across the middle to the end zone for a 7-3 lead going into the second quarter.
Big Spring stiffened up in the second frame to keep the score 7-3. The half ended after Roberson deflected a pass in the end zone and Jared Deporto picked it off for Midland's second turnover on the night.
But the second half started out with a barrage of Christian Whigham, as he broke one for 50 yards on Midland's first possession of the third quarter. When Big Spring was unable to answer, Midland struck again, going 64 yards on seven plays. Again Whigham found the end zone, from nine yards out this time, to put the Mustangs ahead 19-3.
On their next possession, the Mustangs scored in three plays, ending with a 59 yard touchdown pass to put Midland ahead 27-3 with 2:47 left in the third quarter.
After starting on their own 18 following the Midland kick, Big Spring seemed to catch a break when Vanderbilt reached the corner quickly and was down the field before anyone knew it. It was 60 yards down the field before he was finally tackled on the Midland Christian 30 yard line. The Steers drove a bit further, reaching the 16 yard line, but they ran out of downs before they could get any more points on the board.
Midland Christian took the ball and drove it 86 yards for another score, making it 34-3.
On the final drive of the game, the Steers drove 89 yards and reached the end zone on an 19-yard touchdown pass from Stuteville to Roberson as time expired.
Big Spring â€” 178 rushing yards, 93 passing yards for 271 totalyards on offense. Vanderbilt-88 yards rushing, Deporto- 48 yards rushing, Roberson- 44 yards receiving and one touchdown. Stuteville- 93yards passing with one touchdown.
Midland Christian â€” 155 rushing yards and 382 passing yards for a total of 537 yards of offense.