The Big Spring Steers will travel to Midland for a special Saturday edition of Steers' football this weekend, where they will take on the 1-2 Midland Christian Mustangs at Grande Communications Stadium.
The Steers are coming off of a disappointing 39-3 loss at Monahans, while the Mustangs — after a bye week — are coming off of a 20-15 win in Monahans.
Standout receiver Toby Rodgers will sit out the game with what is being called concussion-like symptoms. Rodgers was injured on a long pass attempt late in the game in Monahans last week.
Looking at the outcomes of the two teams' last outing, both against Monahans, it would be easy to draw a simple conclusion, but football is not always that simple. Just because Team A beats Team B and Team C beats Team A, there is no certainty Team C will beat Team B. It all comes down to match-ups in football. And the key match-up in this game will be Midland's star running back against the Steers' defense.
“We have to try and contain him," Big Spring head coach Phillip Ritchey said, speaking about Midland's Christian Whigham (number 20). “He is very fast, very strong. If he gets to the outside, he can go the distance on any play.”
The junior running back has been going the distance this season, averaging over 160 yards of rushing per game. But this week, he comes up against a steadily improving Steers' defense.
Devin Roberson and Max Pappajohn are averaging over 10 tackles per game, with Noah Lozano and Lukas Falcon right behind them.
Forcing Midland to run up the middle should cause a change in the tackle leaders this week. Nose guard Chris Nunez, already averaging almost seven tackles per game, will get plenty of opportunities Saturday, as will Isaac Garza and Diamond Bailey.
“We definitely have our work cut out for us,” Coach Ritchey said. “It is a challenge we welcome.”
The game will start at 7 p.m. in Midland.