The Steers kept the win streak alive for an enthusiastic homecoming crowd as Big Spring — led by sophomore quarterback Tobyn Tannehill — 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 — 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.
“Losing their starting quarterback certainly had an impact on the game,” said BSHS Head Coach Phillip Ritchey. “It 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 — I am really proud of the way they played all night.”
Big Spring mounted an attack, looking sharp in the second quarter as Tannehill — who racked up over 300 yards passing and 150 yards on the ground, scoring three rushing TD's and three passing TD's — scored on a 3-yard keeper. Ty'Ral Menefield — who made some big returns last week against Lake View on special teams — 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.
“We knew going in that we would be throwing the ball more,” Ritchey said. “(The Andrews defense) keeps seven in the box — we wanted to make them cover the whole field.”
With Tannehill hitting every mark, it was quite the task for the Mustangs to keep up.
“(Tannehill) is definitely very poised for a sophomore,” Ritchey said. “He 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.”
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.
“It was an unbelievable crowd last night,” Ritchey said. “We really appreciate the community support — it's a community effort, in my opinion. We are looking forward to next week and hope we can pack the seats again.”
The Steers will meet Seminole on Friday at 7:30 at Memorial Stadium.