As winter approaches and the nights begin to get longer, the sun is quickly setting on another year of Steers' football, with the 0-9 Steers heading into Friday night's season finale in Snyder.
The 2011 season has been a disappointing one for Steer Nation, though fans saw their hometown boys come close in several games. The heart-breaking 7-6 season-opening loss to Fort Stockton seemed to set the tone for the season, as it would be the closest Big Spring would come to a win.
Fighting every step of the way — and no one can say the Steers did not fight this year — the Steers found themselves close through the first half in several games this season. They were just not able to pull the wins out. Games against Plainview, Greenwood and even Monahans gave glimmers of hope to the Big Spring faithful, but on all occasions, the feeling refused to stick around until the end of the game.
So now, as the Steers prepare to suit up against the district-leading Tigers of Snyder, they stare at an 0-9 record, when they could have easily been 3-6, possibly 4-5.
Had the ball bounced a little differently on several plays this season, the Steers could be looking at a 2-1 district record going into Friday night's game.
Snyder comes into the game at 8-1, riding an eight-game win streak and in clear control of District 5-3A. The Tigers are averaging upwards of 34 points per game and feature one of the most athletic quarterbacks in the state in future Texas Tech Red Raider, Keenon Ward. Whether he will play much of Friday night's game remains to be seen.
On the other side of the coin is a team who can become anyone's nightmare. At 0-9, the Steers have nothing to lose in this game. Record aside, they have already proven they can run with anyone.
Seniors on the field looking to get their last shot, juniors solidifying their positions for next season and younger players hoping for a shot to show Coach Ritchey just what they are capable of — this mixture creates a volatile group, who would love nothing better than to catch Snyder sleeping.
It might not provide a shot “heard 'round the world”, but it would be heard all over Big Spring.