Playoff hopes are still alive in Big Spring, — and still very possible, with the district the way it is — but one thing is certain: The Steers need a win.
Theoretically, two wins get the Black and Gold into the post season, with the easiest — make that the most likely — scenarios being defeating Sweetwater and Wylie.
A loss Friday night in Sweetwater does not mathematically eliminate the Steers, but it makes their road a difficult one which relies on beating Snyder at home, along with several other factors along the way.
No, the best route starts with defeating the Mustangs, who are coming off of a 20-15 defeat at the hands of Wylie, in their own back yard.
Steers Head Coach Phillip Ritchey has said it more than once and it warrants repeating. The Steers need a complete ball game. If they can combine another one of their impressive first halves with a second half like they showed against Greenwood, the headline would read: “Steers win!”
As it stands, the Steers sit at the bottom of District 5-3A with an 0-7 record, but most sports fans know they are — for all practical purposes — tied at 0-1 with Sweetwater, only one game behind Brownwood and Wylie (both 1-0 in district) and half a game behind Snyder, who took last week off.
The bottom line is pretty simple; The Steers' season has not been washed away just yet, but clouds are forming on the horizon. A win Friday night in Sweetwater would make for a nice umbrella going into next week's home finale game against Wylie.
The Mustangs of Sweetwater have a strong defense and will look to corral Michael Vanderbilt, Michael Olivia and Lukas Falcon. But if the offensive line can buy Garrett Stuteville a little time in the backfield, passes to Toby Rodgers and Gunnar Kennedy just might be enough to loosen up the defensive front of Sweetwater, allowing a good running game. That would be the biggest key for a Big Spring win. Without it, the Steers might be in for another long night.