Big Spring rebounded from last week’s loss to Midland Christian in dramatic fashion Friday as the Steers (2-1) pummeled San Angelo Lake View 48-0 in front of an energetic homecoming crowd to earn their second shutout in three games.
With freshman power back Preston Alexander sidelined with a foot injury, it was up to junior Hunter Hill and senior Jahari Vanover to assist quarterback Tobyn Tannehill from the backfield.
It didn’t take long for Big Spring to establish the running game. Hill broke into the end zone for two touchdowns in the first quarter. The first was a 38-yard gain and he ran the second in from two yards.
“Hunter had a great game,” said BSHS Head Coach Phillip Ritchey. “You have to give a lot of credit to the offensive line, but yeah, Hunter is quick, explosive, he has great feet and great vision. He did great offensively and then getting a defensive touchdown on top of all of that — it was a big night for him.”
As for Alexander, Ritchey said it’s not a pressing matter.
“We’re not going to rush him,” Ritchey said. “We will wait until he’s 100 percent. There’s no reason to put him in there during predistrict. He’s still young. Hunter’s doing a good job and Jahari (Vanover) did a good job, too. We’re pretty deep there.”
Tannehill added a 31-yard touchdown on a keeper before beginning the aerial assault.
Tate Kennedy caught two touchdown passes in back-to-back drives, the first for 35 yards and the second was a 40-yard bomb to put Big Spring up 35-0 before the intermission.
With the offense running roughshod over the Chiefs, the Steer defense also played its part by suffocating them. Hill struck again on the other side of the ball, returning an interception for 30 yards — one of three interceptions by BSHS — with Shaiem Menefield and Devin Roberson nabbing the other two picks.
“We were ecstatic with the way the defense played,” Ritchey said. “Anytime you shut out a team — that’s the goal — put pressure on the quarterback, create turnovers. That’s what we work on and to see it come to fruition is exciting.”
Tannehill put the icing on the cake with another touchdown run in the fourth quarter, but the game had been out of the Chiefs’ reach since the second.
Lake View managed to march down the field a handful of times, but were plagued with quarterback sacks and interceptions which would tip the momentum in Big Spring’s favor. Not helping matters for Lake View, quarterback Brandon Lee was making his varsity debut against a hungry Steer squad out to avenge last week’s defeat.
“We were definitely looking to bounce back after the adversity we faced last week,” Ritchey explained. “Plus, the kids responded to the homecoming crowd.”
Ritchey cited excellent defensive play by linemen Ronnie Bell, Chris Lindem and Nathan Schneider as one of the keys to victory.
“They did a good job of controlling the line of scrimmage,” Ritchey added. “Tyler Wigington was sick and he played sick, that’s a testament to him. I’m real proud of those guys. It was a good effort all around.”
The Steers will be back on the road next week against the Andrews Mustangs.
Passing: Tannehill, 10-21, 175 yards, 2 interceptions.
Receiving: Roberson, 5-78; Kennedy, 3-84; Ryan Lopez, 1-8; Matt Yanez, 1-5.
Rushing: Tannehill, 11-130; Hill, 6-53; Vanover, 6-54.