"I talk to them all the time about, we're already done with preseason, we're already done with two-a-days. It's gone by so fast, and they can not let one moment go by. You know, don't say 'I can't wait until next week,' or 'I can't wait until this.' Live in the moment. Live for today and get ready for Friday night," said head coach Shane Mobley.
"Knowing last year that we were up, and then [Monahans] came back to beat us. It gave us a lot of motivation to come back this year and fight for what we want," said De'Andre Gaston.
Getting into the playoffs this year starts with a lot of work in practice, and the Mustangs are very aware of that.
"Working with the team. Working on what we need to get better and go play next. Come play sound, and come play hard," said Gaston.
Standing in the Mustangs way in the district opener is the rival Snyder Tigers.
"This is our first step to a district championship. We know we've got a long road ahead of us. Opening up with a long time rival like Snyder, we're going to preach it, but try to leave all that stuff to our fans and the community. We leave that stuff on the internet. As far as out here, we're just going to get ready. We're going to treat it like another game, and the first step to what we want, and that flag and so we get to live another eight minutes," said Mobley.
With a 1-4 record, the Tigers may not appear to be a major threat to Sweetwater. That is until you notice they're just nine points away from being a perfect 5-0. That means Snyder will be a solid test to start district for Sweetwater on Friday night.