Sophomore quarterback Tobyn Tannehill hands the ball off to running back Michael Oliva during Friday's 51-14 homecoming rout of the Andrews Mustangs.
The Steers kept the win streak alive for an enthusiastic homecoming crowd as Big Spring â€” led by sophomore quarterback Tobyn Tannehill â€” walked all over rival Andrews, defeating the Mustangs 51-14 andimproving to 4-0 on the season.
For the second straight week, the Steers' opponents drew first blood. Andrews quarterback Shane Dolgener threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to give the Mustangs a 6-0 lead on the first possession of the game when the point after was missed.
The Steer offense promptly responded as Tannehill led the charge on a 67-yard scoring drive which was capped by a one-yard run from Tannehill, followed by an valid extra point by Devin Roberson â€” who booted a 26-yard field goal with six minutes remaining in the first quarter to make it a 10-6 affair.
Dolgener was sidelined early in the game after suffering a knee injury, and backup QB Jace Hammack took the snaps for the remainder of the outing.
â€śLosing their starting quarterback certainly had an impact on the game,â€ť said BSHS Head Coach Phillip Ritchey. â€śIt had to take some of the air out of their sails, he's such a good runner. This was the scariest team we've played offensively, they do a good job of spreading it out. We were a little nervous, but our defense deserves credit â€” I am really proud of the way they played all night.â€ť
Big Spring mounted an attack, looking sharp in the second quarter as Tannehill â€” who racked up over 300 yards passing and 150 yards on the ground, scoring three rushing TD's and three passing TD's â€” scored on a 3-yard keeper. Ty'Ral Menefield â€” who made some big returns last week against Lake View on special teams â€” joined the fray by catching a 37-yard bomb by Tannehill. Chris Lindem took Tannehill's second touchdown pass into the end zone from four yards out and Tate Kennedy followed suit, after bringing home a 24-yard reception.
By halftime, the Steers had scored 37 unanswered points and were dominating the Mustangs on both sidesof the ball.
â€śWe knew going in that we would be throwing the ball more,â€ť Ritchey said. â€ś(The Andrews defense) keeps seven in the box â€” we wanted to make them cover the whole field.â€ť
With Tannehill hitting every mark, it was quite the task for the Mustangs to keep up.
â€ś(Tannehill) is definitely very poised for a sophomore,â€ť Ritchey said. â€śHe makes some mistakes, but he understands them and wants to fix them. He doesn't get mad. He's just a talented kid and he's so easy to coach. He goes out and does what we ask him to do.â€ť
With Big Spring already up 37-6, Tannehill struck again, this time with a 12-yard run for a touchdown. The Mustangs would score again when Hammack found a receiver with a 13-yard pass then converted to make an eight-point gain, but that would be all Andrews could muster.
Running back Michael Oliva found the end zone on a two-yard run, making it a 51-14 game. Oliva rushed for a total of 112 yards on 23 carries.
The Steers' homecoming was a bit more positive this year than last. Ritchey was pleased to provide the spectators and alumni with a convincing performance.
â€śIt was an unbelievable crowd last night,â€ť Ritchey said. â€śWe really appreciate the community support â€” it's a community effort, in my opinion. We are looking forward to next week and hope we can pack the seats again.â€ť
The Steers will meet Seminole on Friday at 7:30 at Memorial Stadium.
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