By SHAWN YORKS
• Daily Leader
KISMET — Matt Scripsick’s Southwestern Heights Mustangs can’t seem to get a break. Last week, SWH had to deal with Scott City’s exceptional team speed in a 55-6 loss. This week, Heights travels to Cimarron to face a Bluejays squad that presents a new set of problems for the Mustangs.
“They’re huge,” Scripsick said. “They go 270, 280, 250, 165 and 230 across the line. I have a couple linemen around 220-230, but those kids are freshmen. I have another kid that weighs 215 that’s a senior.”
The Bluejays (5-2) run a Power-I, which a lot of teams don’t run much anymore. But with their size, the Bluejays can get away with it. Even Cimarron’s backfield is big — the running backs are 260, 200 and 195, and their quarterback is 200 pounds.
So how do the Mustangs (1-6) deal with that beef?
“With that size and with our inability to stop the run, they’re going to line up in the Power-I, here we come and you’re going to enjoy it or not,” Scripsick said. “We’re going to try to control the line of scrimmage, just try to plug holes, try to put our body and their body in the hole and make the running back stutter their feet and then pray to God we have safeties that’ll come up and ankle bite and put them on the ground.”
Last week at Scott City, the Mustangs couldn’t control the Beavers’ speed.
“Scott City is just a machine, they have all that tradition and Cimarron is building that,” Scripsick said. “Scott City is so team speed quick and even their bigs that weighed 220, 250, they were quick, they were strong.”
And that’s something Scripsick said Cimarron is, as well.
“I know at Cimarron their coach has really bee promoting the weight room,” he said.
Even in a 55-6 loss, Scripsick found some positives.
“We brought two positives away from that game Friday night,” he said. “Our kickoff return —because that was basically our only offense. We averaged 20-25 yards a return.
“And our punting. We punted seven times for 40 yards average.
“Whenever those are your two positives, that means you’re giving up a lot of points and doing a lot of 3-and-outs.”