Enough can not be said about the Big Spring defense again this week. The eventual 39-3 loss to Monahans Friday night says nothing of the great stands made by the Steers throughout the game, but the stand together strength was evident all the same as Big Spring held the high-powered Loboes to three points — and really only one decent drive — until the two minute mark of the second quarter.
“I was really proud of the defense tonight,” Coach Phillip Ritchey said. “We just need to sustain that kind of play for the entire game. We were in a new formation no one had seen us in and it had them confused for a while.”
Monahans scored twice before the Steers could reach the locker rooms, taking all the momentum back before the break. A long sustained drive resulted in Monahans' first touchdown of the night. After a muffed kickoff return, Big Spring found themselves pinned on their own one yard line. The Steers were forced to punt and Monahans got the ball back on the Steers' 30 yard line. Two plays later, they scored again and went into the half ahead of Big Spring 18-0.
“We let it get away from us there at the end of the half,” Coach Ritchey said. “That took most of the momentum away from the great half we had played.”
The momentum followed Monahans into the second half, as they scored three more times, but the Steers put together a great looking drive at the end of the third, resulting on a 27 yard Devin Roberson field goal.
Garrett Stuteville, who was four out of 14 on the night passing for 44 yards, hit Toby Rodgers on a post route for a 31 yard gain, setting up the field goal. At the end of the fourth quarter, Stuteville got another great throw off to Rodgers on the same pattern, but the ball hit the turf after Rodgers suffered what is being described as a possible concussion.
“His symptoms led us to believe he might have suffered a concussion,” Coach Ritchey said. “He will have to go through a lengthy process to return to play. The new UIL rules on concussions are strict, as they should be. The ultimate goal is to ensure the safety of the players.”
Big Spring saw some new faces on the varsity squad this week as Matt Beal and Ronnie Bell joined the veterans.
“We brought up the new guys to try and help the line,” Coach Ritchey said. “We have to be able to protect Stuteville better. We saw some good things last week from him and in this game too. He was very accurate. He just needs a little more time to see the field. We are trying to provide that for him.”
Big Spring — Monahans
First downs 8—28
Rushes-Yards 30-100 /47-335
Michael Oliva: 14 rushes for 61 yards
Lukas Falcon: Four rushes for 29 yards
Passing: Garrett Stuteville 4passes on 14 attempts for 44 yards
Receiving: Toby Rodgers 1-3 for31 yards
Tyler Hall 2-3 for 14 yards